MSP® - Managing Successful Programmes - Practitioner

Face-to-face duration: 2 days
PDU's: 16

Course Overview

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) was developed as a best practice guide to programme management. The MSP Practitioner course provides each participant with a Practitioner-level understanding of how to apply MSP in realistic project scenarios and adapt MSP to different programme environments.

The course is scenario based, and focuses 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

By the end of the Practitioner course candidates will be able to:

  • Describe and apply all facets of programme management, in accordance with the MSP method
  • Set up and manage complex programmes, tailoring MSP while ensuring effective integration of projects
  • Monitor the objectives of a programme and make the essential adjustments needed to respond to changes in the environment; and
  • Will be fully prepared for the Practitioner 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 and strategy implementation planners who need a solid understanding of MSP to tailor the method for their organisations
  • 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


Participants must have previously completed the MSP Foundation course and passed the Foundation Exam to sit the Practitioner Exam.

Delivery Strategy

The course has been structured to be delivered over two (2) 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.

Course Content

The course is scenario based, and focuses on the application of MSP under different programme environments and scenarios. Review and revision sessions of all MSP elements are included throughout the training. There will be homework each evening.

Exam Format

The MSP Practitioner Exam is a 2.5-hour open book exam (MSP Guide only), using objective test questions that require candidates to choose one response to a question from a set of choices. Candidates must provide responses to 8 questions presented in the following styles: typical multiple choice; yes/no; multiple response; matching; sequencing; assertion/reason.

Candidates must score 50% (40 marks or more) out of the available 80 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

  • Review the SuperCare Case Study activities
  • Complete the remaining activities
  • Introducing the Practitioner exam; exam technique
  • Sample Practitioner-style questions

Day Two

  • Complete remaining sample questions
  • Individual final preparation
  • Exam set-up and administration
  • Practitioner Exam


"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