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Why should I take the MSP Foundation course?

The MSP Foundation gives you a good knowledge and understanding of the Managing Successful Programs framework. This course will introduce you to all the MSP principles, themes and transformational flow. By the end of the course you to be able to work confidently in an MSP program environment. The MSP Foundation exam is included in the course.

Who should attend this class?

Typical job roles include:

  • Program Board / Sponsoring Group members who need a good understanding of MSP

  • Portfolio / Program Office staff who provide information and standards to the program management team

  • Business Change Team personnel who assist Business Change Managers in embedding new products into business as usual and realize benefits

  • Project or Program management specialists working in a program environment including Project Assurance, Risk, Benefit or Procurement managers

  • Project managers or anyone looking for an introduction to the MSP framework

What is included?

The course includes:

  • 3-days classroom training from a MSP Approved Trainer

  • Official MSP manual: "Managing Successful Programmes"

  • Accredited course material including sample exam questions

  • MSP Foundation exam + Certificate

  • 24 PDUs if you are a PMP

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be ready to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the MSP principles, governance themes, transformational flow processes, programme information and roles.

  • State when key MSP documents will be produced or updated

  • Explain how your program is monitored and controlled using the MSP Program plan and Projects dossier

  • Know the typical content of MSP program information including the Business case, Vision statement and Program plan

  • Understand how an MSP program is governed including the Sponsoring group, Program board, Program manager and Program office

  • Define program stakeholders and know the purpose of stakeholder maps and engagement

  • Describe your program's benefits and know the difference between outputs, outcomes and benefits

  • Take and pass your MSP Foundation exam

What are the course prerequisites?

You should be working in or have a good knowledge of program management. You need to complete about 10-20 hours of study before the course. We'll provide all the reading materials you need so you will be well prepared before you come to class.

What are the course contents?

This is the official MSP Foundation course approved by Peoplecert. The course covers the complete MSP Foundation syllabus level and includes examination practice.

Key Learning Points

An introduction to MSP

  • What is program management

  • Why use program management

  • Types of program: vision led, emergent or compliance

  • Program impacts - specification led, business transformation or political & societal change

  • When to use MSP

MSP principles

  • Remaining aligned with corporate strategy

  • Leading change

  • Envisioning and communicating a better future

  • Focusing on the benefits and threats to them

  • Adding value

  • Designing and delivering a coherent capability

  • Learning from experience

MSP Governance themes

  • Program organization

  • Vision

  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement

  • Benefits management

  • Blueprint design and delivery

  • Planning and control

  • The Business Case

  • Risk and issue management

  • Quality and assurance management

The MSP transformational flow

  • Identifying a program

  • Defining a program

  • Managing the tranches

  • Delivering the capability

  • Realizing the benefits

  • Closing a program

Adopting MSP

Program office

Program Health checks

MSP Foundation Exam


Which exam is included in this course?

This course includes the MSP Foundation exam.

MSP Foundation exam

The MSP exam is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of MSP

  • 75 multiple choice questions with 1 mark for each question

  • Closed book exam

  • 1 hour duration

  • 50% needed to pass

  • 5 questions are trial questions so a score of 35 / 70 is required to pass

When is the exam taken?

Your Foundation exam is taken on Wednesday afternoon.

How does the course prepare me for the MSP Foundation exam?

The course follows the latest current MSP 2011 syllabus. Before attending class, we will provide you with detailed preparation material to get you ready for the class. During your course, you will use the official sample MSP Foundation exam papers to consolidate your knowledge and get you ready for the exam .

Do I need ID for the MSP exam?

You must bring photographic ID with you. A driver's license or passport is fine. A work ID, with photograph, is also acceptable.

How long does my MSP qualification last?

The MSP Foundation qualification is permanent.

What happens if I don't pass a MSP exam?

If you don't pass your PRINCE2 Foundation exam you can retake the exam for an additional fee at our next class or Online .

Can I just take the MSP exams with you?

Sorry, no. We are an Accredited Training Organization for MSP so we are not permitted to offer just exams.


Do I need to be a project or program manager to attend this class?

This course is designed for senior management and their colleagues who are responsible for a projects and/or programs. It is helpful if you have some knowledge of project / program management but it is not essential.

Where is the class held?

Our courses are held at quality downtown venues in all major Canadian cities. You will be close to transport links and parking.

What are the class hours?

  • Monday -> Wednesday: 8.30 AM to 4:30 PM

How do I prepare for MSP training?

Before the MSP course we will send you:

  • MSP official manual: "Managing Successful Programmes"

  • A pre-course reading list

To prepare, you work through a 12-point guide which will familiarize you with the key chapters of MSP. As you read you are directed to important diagrams and cross references are made to Appendices or document templates which are used during an MSP program. Total preparation time is about 10-20 hours, depending on your reading speed.

Do I need to pass PRINCE2 before taking the MSP course?

You don't need to pass or have any knowledge of PRINCE2 project management to attend MSP training. If you are a Program Sponsor or Program Manager you are not required to manage the individual projects in your program so PRINCE2 is not essential before attending the MSP course. MSP and PRINCE2 share a common glossary of terms so, if you have taken PRINCE2, you will already know some of the terminology which is used in MSP.

How does MSP distinguish between a project and program?

For MSP, a program is a temporary structure set up to co-ordinate related projects and activities. Although a program is temporary it's life span will probably be several years and the end may not be exactly determined, although the program is always working towards this. The program delivers outcomes and benefits to achieve strategic objectives. In contrast, a project has a well-defined life span and produces clear outputs or products according to a specified business case. The MSP course shows you how to distinguish between a large project and a program and when it would be suitable to apply MSP

Do I need to log program management experience before the course?

No. You are not required to show experience of program management before attending a MSP course or taking an exam. The course pre-requisites are to complete the pre-course work which we will provide on registration.

Can I upgrade to MSP Practitioner after this class?

Yes. You can attend days 4 and 5 of our next MSP class to upgrade to the Practitioner level. We will provide you with additional preparation material and exam preparation to get you ready for the Practitioner exam. You must pass the MSP Foundation exam before taking the Practitioner exam .

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 24 PDUs at the PMI for the MSP Foundation course. (12 Technical PDUs, 6 Leadership PDUs, 6 Strategic PDUs)

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