MSP® Foundation and Practitioner

Why should I take the Managing Successful Programmes Foundation and Practitioner course?

MSP LogoThe MSP Foundation and Practitioner course will give you the skills and knowledge for leadership roles in major change programs. As a certified MSP Practitioner, you will be ready to apply the MSP themes, principles and transformational flow to different types of program. You will be able to tailor MSP to different types of program and analyze program situations to make appropriate decisions. As a qualified MSP Practitioner, you will be able to align multiple projects with strategic requirements and co-ordinate product delivery to ensure real benefits for your organization.

Who should attend this class?

Typical job roles include:

  • Program Sponsor, Director or Senior Responsible Owner responsible for delivering the program
  • Program Managers responsible for the setup, management and delivery of a program
  • Portfolio / Program Office staff who provide information and standards to the program management team
  • Business Change Managers or Change Agents who work with the program to embed new products into business as usual and realize benefits
  • Project Managers who manage projects in the program or want to advance their career to the program level

What is included:

The course includes:

  • 4.5-days classroom training from a MSP Approved Trainer
  • Official manual: “Managing Successful Programmes”
  • Accredited course material including sample exam questions
  • MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams + Certificate
  • 50 PDUs if you are a PMP

What will I learn:

  • Create value by ensuring that program investment is aligned with strategic needs
  • Lead change by managing complex tasks and multiple stakeholders
  • Plan and control programs using the MSP transformational flow
  • Deliver measurable improvements with the tools in MSP’s benefits management theme
  • Manage multiple projects to deliver new capabilities
  • Reduce uncertainty and aggregate risks and issues at the program level
  • Identify and communicate the better future which will be delivered by your program.

What are the course prerequisites:

You should be working in or have a good knowledge of project or program management. You need to complete about 10 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 full PEOPLECERT International MSP course. It covers the MSP syllabus to Practitioner level.

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

Exam:

Which exams are included in this course?

This course includes the MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams.

MSP Foundation exam

This is your first MSP exam designed to test your knowledge and understanding of MSP

  • 75 multiple choice questions with 1 mark for each question
  • Closed book exam
  • 60 minutes duration
  • 5 questions are trial questions
  • 50% needed to pass so a score of 35 / 70 is required

MSP Practitioner Exam

Your second MSP exam tests your ability to apply the MSP guidance to a realistic scenario. You are required to show that you can analyze situations and make decisions using the standard appropriately. You must pass the Foundation exam to sit the Practitioner.

  • 8 Objective Testing style questions with 10 points per question
  • Questions are in different formats including classic multiple choice, matching, sequencing and assertion / reason
  • Open book exam, but only the official MSP manual can be used
  • 2.5 hours duration
  • 50% needed to pass so a score of 40 / 80 is required

When are the exams taken?

Your Foundation exam is taken on Wednesday afternoon. Your Practitioner exam is taken on Friday.

How does the course prepare me for the MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams?

The course follows the official MSP Foundation and Practitioner exam syllabus. The accredited training materials are cross referenced to areas of the exam so that you are fully prepared. During the course, you practice with the latest exam papers from PEOPLECERT International. Day 4 of the course is dedicated to practicing for your Practitioner exam and our expert trainer will guide you through a series of exercises and discussions to get you ready for the exam itself.

Do I need ID for the MSP exams?

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. The Practitioner qualification must be renewed every 5 years to maintain your status as a MSP Registered Practitioner.

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

If you don’t pass the MSP Foundation exam you can do a re-sit.

If you feel insecure about the Practitioner exam it is also possible to take the Take2 option as an insurance. You can purchase the re-sit in advance for a fraction of the price which represents a discount of 75%. Then, you will be able to re-sit the exam online within the following 6 months.

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.

FAQs:

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 -> Thursday: 8.30 AM to 4:30 PM
On Friday, 8.30 AM to 11.30 AM. In Ottawa, the class may be extended on Friday.

How do I prepare for MSP training?

You have about 10 hours of preparation to do before you attend the MSP Foundation and Practitioner course. Before the class, we will send you the official MSP manual: “Managing Successful Programmes” as well as a Reading. During the pre-course, you read key chapters of the manual. It seems a lot at first but the more work you can do in advance of the course, the better. Even if you don’t 100% understand things before you come along – don’t worry. If you’ve done the work, our trainers are experts in MSP. We’ll get you understanding the method in no time at all.

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.

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 project and/or programs. It is helpful if you have some knowledge of project / program management, but it is not essential.

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.

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 50 PDUs at the PMI for the MSP Foundation and Practitioner course. (25 Technical PDUs, 13 Leadership PDUs, 12 Strategic PDUs).

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This MSP® course is offered through ATO OKAZY Consulting, except in Ottawa through ATO Algonquin College.

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The MSP Foundation and Practitioner course will give you the skills and knowledge for leadership roles in major change programs. As a certified MSP Practitioner, you will be able to align multiple projects with strategic requirements and co-ordinate product delivery to ensure real benefits for your organization. Includes: 4.5-days classroom training from an accredited instructor, manual, material and 2 exams.

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