Course summary

This programme management course supports you in the successful delivery of transformational change through applying proven programme management practices. The MSP® Programme Management Certification is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances.

The purpose of the MSP® Practitioner level is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP® guidance to act as an informed member of a programme management team. This level is also required for programme management professionals progressing toward the Advanced Practitioner certification, and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.

Entry requirements

The course is open to anyone with a MSP ® Foundation certificate. However, you should continue to familiarise yourself with the methods manual and study for around five hours before the first day of training. You will also need to study between training days. You cannot sit for the Practitioner exam unless you have passed the Foundation exam.

About MSP®

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) was developed as a best practice guide on programme management. The guide comprises a set of principles, governance themes and a set of processes for use when managing a business transformation.

The MSP® framework is based on three core concepts:

  • MSP® principles: these are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change.
  • MSP® governance theme: these define an organisation's approach to programme management. They allow an organisation to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organisation structures and controls, giving the best chance for success.
  • MSP® transformational flow: this provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.

Discounts and offers

Book the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner course together for a discounted fee of £1,095.

Course structure

The MSP® Practitioner course follows on from the Foundation course, where we introduced the method, its philosophy and its terminology. It focuses on the more intricate aspects of the method. Based on a case study, the method is put into practice through a series of challenging questions that mirror the questions of the exam.

The course consists of a series of classroom lectures and group exercises.The lectures introduce the method’s terminology, then we will discuss case studies to explain how to use the method in practice. We will provide supplementary learning material via the University’s online learning platform. At the end of each day we will use multiple choice questions to remind us of the day’s learning and to prepare us for the certificate examination.

This 1.5 day practitioner course will conclude with a 2.5 hour, closed book exam and lead to the MSP Practitioner certification.

The exam has the following format:

  • objective testing
  • 8 questions per paper, each carrying 10 marks
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
  • two-and-a-half hours duration
  • open book (only the MSP® guide is allowed)

The content of the course follows the contents of the method’s manual, which we will send to you before the course start. You will need to read the manual before you attend your first teaching session.


PeopleCert will issue you with an e-certificate on successful completion of the exams.

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Your career

Programme, portfolio and project management is a contemporary career that is so generic it is applicable to any business sector. This qualification offers you opportunities for a career change or internal advancement in most organisations – medium or large, UK or international, government or non-government.

Including MSP® Foundation in your CV will add a sought-after qualification to your profile which could help increase your earning potential. Adding the MSP® Practitioner qualification to the profile of those who already have the PRINCE2® qualification will distinguish you further in the job market.

Learning outcomes

For you

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use best practice in programme management to successfully deliver transformational change
  • carry out the coordinated organisation, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realise benefits of strategic importance to the business
  • manage the transition of the solutions developed and delivered by projects into the organisation’s operations, while maintaining performance and effectiveness
  • encourage realistic expectations of the organisational capacity and ability to change
  • lead business transformation accommodating high levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk

For your organisation

The course will help your organisation to:

  • align corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment
  • continually monitor progress, assess performance and realise benefits, and apply a common framework of understanding for all programmes
  • add value by focusing on benefits
  • encourage feedback to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes


The course is currently closed. The next available course will run in October 2021 and bookings will reopen in summer 2021.

If you are interested in this course, please fill out our enquiry form and we'll be in touch when bookings re-open.


This onsite course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

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