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MSP® - Managing Successful Programmes (Foundation & Practitioner)

10 - 14 Sept 2018 (€2,195 per seat)
5 Days

Programme Management is the discipline of managing a series of related projects, known collectively as a programme.

The successful management of a programme requires a specific set of leadership and management skills that go beyond the discipline of project management.

The internationally recognised Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) course focuses on the key skills and knowledge required by programme managers to effectively deliver a successful programme.

Particular attention is paid to the challenges that are often encountered by programme managers.

MSP® is used as the best practise methodology for managing programmes by the Office of Government Commerce (UK) and the United Nations.

Trigraph, in partnership with APM group-accredited Insights, bring you this excellent course to allow successful participants become fully accredited with this international qualification.

Exam Information: 

Qualification Audience

The Foundation & Practitioner qualifications are aimed at people who are working in a Programme Management environment as:

  • Project Managers
  • Team Managers
  • Programme Office staff
  • All those advising on the elements of a programme

MSP® Exam Format

The Foundation exam tests general understanding of the fundamental principles of MSP® - the exam is 60 minutes long. The exam is a closed book, multiple choice paper. There are 70 questions and the pass mark is 35 out of 70 representing 50%.

The Practitioner exam lasts for two and a half hours - is based on objective testing - 8 questions - 80 marks available - 40 marks or more are required to pass - Open-book (only the MSP® Guide is allowed).

Course Work Overview

The course comprises pre-course work followed by a mixture of learning sessions, group exercises and programme scenario based practical work.

During the course, delegates will undertake a number of exercises and mock examinations from these they will gain feedback on their progress towards eventual success. Delegates should expect to undertake 1 – 2 hours of revision work on the 1st night of the course

Prior to the Course

Delegates will be sent the following:

  • “Managing Successful Programmes” using MSP®
  • “Managing Successful Programmes” Pocketbook

Delegates should use the pocketbook as a pre-course revision aid to become familiar with the key products and processes of MSP®

Pre-course Preparation

There is some preparation required in advance of this course.

Delegates should use the Pocketbook to become familiar with the key products and processes of MSP®.

The amount of time needed will vary from individual to individual but as a rough guide, please allow for 3-4 hours for Foundation. As with all exams, the more preparation you put in the more likely you are to achieve a successful exam result.


Delegates will be expected to:

  • Undertake approximately 1-2 hours of homework on the first night of the course.
  • Continue to read “Managing Successful Programmes”

Other Sources of Information

  • APM Group Web-Site

Delegates should access The APM Group web-site at to obtain more information about the method and its ownership.

  • MSP® Web-Site

Delegates should access the MSP® web-site at to obtain more information about the method and its ownership.

Evidence of Identity

When attending the exam, delegates must present an official form of photographic identification to the Tutor.

Delegates will not be eligible to sit the exam without this identification.

Suitable for: 

MSP® is written primarily for those who are involved in the direction, management, support and delivery of programmes. Including:

  • Programme Managers
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme Office staff.
  • Programme Directors
  • Senior Responsible Owners
  • All Programme Sponsors
What’s good about the course? : 

Very experienced Programme Managers as trainers having worked with clients around the globe.

Internationally recognised MSP® qualification.

Learning with senior peers from major international & domestic employers.

Learn about global best practice in Programme Management.

Pass the Foundation and Practitioner exams and secure internationally recognised qualification.


Learn about global best practice in Programme Management.

Pass the Foundation and Practitioner exams and secure internationally recognised qualification.


Benefits of effective programme management include:

  • Optimisation of programme and project resources
  • Clear alignment of project outcomes with overall business goals
  • Benefits are measurable while challenges are controllable

Detailed Content:

Contents for five days:

Day One

Introduction to Programme Management and MSP

MSP Principles

Governance Themes Overview

Programme Organisation


Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

Benefits Management

Homework – as specified by Trainer

Day Two


Programme Planning and Control

Business Case

Risk and Issue Management

Programme Office

Homework – as specified by Trainer

Day Three

Quality and Assurance Management

Identifying a Programme Workshop

Defining a Programme Workshop

Managing Tranches Workshop

Delivering Capability Workshop

Realising Benefits Workshop

Closing a Programme Workshop

Transformational Flow Exercise

Foundation Exam, Marking & Results

Homework – as specified by Trainer

Day Four

MSP Refresh

Programme Organisation & APMG Sample Question

Vision & APMG Sample Question

Leadership & Stakeholder Engagement & APMG Sample Question

Benefits Management & APMG Sample Question

Blueprint & APMG Sample Question

Business Case & APMG Sample Question

Planning & Control & APMG Sample Question

Homework – as specified by Trainer

Day Five

Risk and Issue Management & APMG Sample Question

Quality and Assurance Management & APMG Sample Question

Transformational Flow & APMG Sample Question

Practitioner or Re-registration Exam