MSP® - Managing Successful Programmes - Foundation

Face-to-face duration: 3 days
PDU's: 24

Course Overview

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) was developed as a best practice guide to programme management. The Foundation course provides participants with a solid understanding of MSP concepts. The Foundation Certification is also a prerequisite for the Practitioner Certification.

The training is a scenario-based course focusing on the application of MSP under different programme environments and scenarios. Review and revision sessions of all MSP elements are included throughout the training.

Course Objectives

This course will enable candidates to:

  • Understand MSP integrated elements and their relationships, building on the candidate's own experience and knowledge of large-scale change
  • Understand the benefits thread through MSP which ensures that the entire programme is predicated and focused on realisation of benefits
  • Understand how MSP could be applied in real-life situations and undertake practical work in a supportive training environment
  • Receive careful and detailed preparation for the Foundation Exam.


  • Experienced programme managers who need to be able to work effectively in an MSP environment
  • Senior project managers seeking to advance to programme management
  • Centre of excellence staff who need a solid understanding of MSP to tailor the method for their organisations
  • Strategy implementation planners who need an effective framework for planning and implementing major transformational change
  • Project and programme support staff wishing to learn how to operate effectively in an MSP environment
  • Anyone wishing to round out their resume with a formal, internationally recognised programme management certification
  • Project managers and programme office staff keen to develop their skills and identify opportunities for further career advancement.


There are no prerequisites for the course; however some exposure to programme management concepts would be useful.


  • The principles of programme management
  • The governance themes (knowledge areas) of MSP
  • The MSP transformational flow
  • Adopting MSP

Delivery Strategy

The course has been structured to be delivered over three (3) interactive days and will be led by our experienced trainers. Participants will receive a student workbook that includes a series of theories and models, accompanying information, additional reading, written activities, reflective tasks and PowerPoint slides.

Exam Format

The MSP Foundation Exam is a 1-hour, closed book, multiple-choice exam. There are 75 questions (including 5 trial questions not counted in scores). Candidates must score 50% or more out of the available 70 marks to pass the exam.

Note: Homework and evening study is highly recommended to prepare for the exam.

Institute of Management is an AXELOS - Accredited Training Organisation and will conduct the exam on behalf of PeopleCert. PeopleCert exam terms and conditions apply to this course.

Program Outline

Day One

  • Programmes in context
  • Identifying a programme
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement

Day Two

  • Benefits management
  • Quality and assurance management
  • Defining a programme
  • Planning and control
  • Business case
  • Risk and issue management

Day Three

  • Managing the tranches
  • Delivering the capability
  • Realising the benefits
  • Adopting MSP
  • Foundation Examination


"The Student Manual is a logical, carefully thought through and well presented document. The face-to-face facilitators are helpful, patient, knowledgeable and passionate. Thank you for the time and effort that blueVisions have put into preparing and supporting this course."

David Thorpe iiNet Australia

"Your personal contribution to our training has been invaluable. Your infectious high spirits and genuine want for our success have shone through. I sincerely thank you for your efforts over the past two years."

Stephen Davies Group Manager, Construction Services Group, NSW

"Your course made me realise how irrelevant what I was learning through my university course actually was to my job. Due to this, I will be seeking to complete the remainder of the modules in this diploma through blueVisions."

Damien Bleeker Project Coordinator, Liverpool City Council, NSW

"Thank you for a wonderful course....This has been by far the best development course I've ever been a part of."

David Darcy LSPSPO - Defence Materiel Organisation

"Having sat in at various times in both courses, as well as being present for the final summary and feedback sessions I was really impressed with the positive feedback and outcomes. The blueVisions trainers did an awesome job and really motivated and inspired both groups. The level of the course was spot on for each group."

Brian Clarke Leadership Development Coordinator, Gasco