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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) 5th Edition Foundation & Practitioner exams included

Includes Foundation & Practitioner exams, video based course material, practice tests



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42 hours · Self-paced
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12 months
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner
Professional certification What's this?
  • Axelos MSP Foundation & Practitioner - Free
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes), 5th edition is an established best practice programme management framework, designed to align programmes and projects to organizational strategy and enable enterprise agility. MSP® focuses on the delivery of outcomes of benefit, while mitigating risk and actively engaging stakeholders.

MSP consists of a set of principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle, including larger, more strategic, complex, or multiple projects.

The principles represent the characteristics of a successful programme. The governance themes allow organizations to put the right leadership, organizational structures, and controls in place. The processes provide a route through the lifecycle of a programme to deliver the new capability and desired outcomes.

The Principles in MSP advise how to:

  • Organise people to ensure responsibilities and lines of communication are clear
  • Plan the work in a way which achieves results
  • Ensure that the organisation benefits from undertaking the programme
  • Ensure that all interested parties (the stakeholders) are involved
  • Resolve issues which arise
  • Identify and manage risks
  • Ensure quality
  • Keep up to date information which tracks the continually changing environment
  • Audit a programme to ensure standards are being followed

The Processes in MSP describe how to:

  • Identify the aim of the programme and envisaged benefits to the organisation
  • Define the programme, and specify how the organisation will be different afterwards
  • Establish the programme
  • Monitor and co-ordinate the projects within a programme to a successful conclusion
  • Manage the transition between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ ways of working, ensuring benefit
  • Close the programme and ensure the ‘end goal’ has been achieved

Programme Management Vs Project Management

A programme is made up of a specific set of related projects identified by an organisation that together will deliver some defined objective, or set of objectives, for the organisation.

The objectives, or goals, of the programme are typically at a strategic level so that the organisation can achieve benefits and improvements in its business operation.

There is a close link between Programme Management and project management because the programme is made up of projects and is only successful if the projects within it succeed. The concept of a programme is that it should deliver more than the ‘sum of its parts’.

In other words, without Programme Management, the projects might still be able to deliver their particular outcomes but these would not be co-ordinated or integrated into the achievement of a strategic business goal.

Key Features of Course:

  • MSP® 5th Edition
  • Covers MSP® Foundation and Practitioner
  • Video based course material
  • Course is accessible 24/7, 365 globally
  • Official Axelos e-book provided: Managing Successful Programmes (5th Edition)
  • Exams can be taken at home, online
  • 12-months to take the exams. The Foundation exam must be passed before progressing onto Practitioner
  • Includes official MSP® Foundation and Practitioner exam fees
  • Upon passing the exams, you will be fully MSP® Practitioner certified by PeopleCert


Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner


Axelos MSP Foundation & Practitioner

Digital certificate - Included

Upon passing the exams for this course, you will gain two certifications:

  1. Axelos MSP Foundation
  2. Axelos MSP Practitioner


What’s included in this course?

This course bundle includes the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner courses, plus the official MSP® exams for each course. Scroll down to see what’s covered in each course.


​Introduction and key concepts
MSP principles
MSP themes – Introduction and organization theme
MSP themes – Design theme
MSP themes – Justification theme
MSP themes – Structure theme
MSP themes – Knowledge theme
MSP themes – Assurance theme
MSP themes – Decision theme
MSP processes
Exam simulator


MSP principles
MSP themes – Introduction and organization theme
MSP themes – Design theme
MSP themes – Justification theme
MSP themes – Structure theme
MSP themes – Knowledge theme
MSP themes – Assurance theme
MSP themes – Decision theme
Identify the programme
Design the outcomes
Plan progressive delivery
Deliver the capabilities
Embed the outcomes
Evaluate new information
Exam simulator

Course access period: 12 months online access

How is each course taught?

This course is online and self-paced, meaning you do it in your own home, in your own time, at your own pace and best of all… any where in the world, providing you have access to a device such as a laptop, PC or desktop computer, and an internet connection. Each lesson is pre-recorded allowing you to pause, fast-forward, skip sections, or go back to another lesson if you need to. The lessons are multi-media based, which means video and audio are used to teach the lessons. Your tutor will use PowerPoint slides, illustrations, diagrams and give demonstrations to teach the lessons. Most lessons are also interactive, prompting the learner to participate. This might involve answering on-screen questions and participating in tasks.

How long will it take me to complete this course?

As mentioned above, this course is self-paced. Some people finish their course faster than others. The total duration of the course is 42 hours. No matter what though, you will always have 12 months to complete your course and take your exam.

Who is this course for?

There are no prerequisites to enrol on this course.


All you need is an internet connection and a device, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC, and an internet connection. We recommend you access it using either a laptop or desktop computer through Google Chrome.

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