MSP® Foundation Online

Why should I take the Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Online course?

MSP LogoMSP online learning gives you a convenient and cost-effective route to MSP certification. You can fit the study around your own schedule and continue to work while you add MSP to your qualifications in your own time. Our material is developed by experts and fully accredited.

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.

Can I see a Demo of your MSP Online Learning?

Yes. Request a MSP demo and we’ll set you up with a preview so you can try out the system first.

Who should take this e-learning course?

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:

  • 1-year access to our accredited MSP e-Learning material
  • Official manual: “Managing Successful Programmes”
  • Sample exam questions
  • Dashboard and Module reporting so you can track your progress
  • MSP Foundation exam online (webcam required) + Certificate
  • 19 PDUs if you are a PMP

What will I learn:

  • 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.

What are the course prerequisites:

You should be working in or have a good knowledge of project or program management.

What are the course contents:

This is the PEOPLECERT International MSP Foundation course. It covers the MSP syllabus to Foundation 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


Which exams is included in this course?

This course includes the MSP Foundation exam.

MSP Foundation exam

You MSP Foundation exam is 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

When is the exam taken?

When you are ready to take the exam, we will send you a prepaid voucher. You will be able to schedule the exam in the portal anytime you want 24/7. A webcam is required to identify yourself to the proctor with a photographic ID and then you can do the exam online from home.

What’s the best way to prepare for the MSP exam?

Set your exam date first. Then work towards it. The material takes 18 hours study to get you to Foundation level. So, work out how long that is going to take you and then book the exams. This way you have a clear target to aim at. This will help you stay on schedule.

Do I need ID for the MSP exam?

You must have a 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 a MSP exam you can do a re-sit. We will send you a new voucher code for an additional fee.

Can I just take the MSP exam with you?

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


How many hours of study are required to pass the exams?

You need about 18 hours study to get ready for the Foundation exam.

Can you compare MSP online vs classroom?

Good question. MSP online learning is flexible – you can fit the learning around your schedule. You don’t have to take time off to attend a course and you can work anywhere – at home, on the road, in hotels etc. Like our classroom training the material is fully accredited and will prepare you for the MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams. But sometimes, online learning can be too flexible, so you need to be disciplined and set yourself a clear schedule.

MSP instructor led training is the quickest route to MSP certification – it is all done in a week. During a classroom event, you get access to a MSP approved trainer and many students say that the trainer’s insights and enthusiasm increase their understanding of the methodology. The opportunity to ask specific questions and get immediate answers is one of the biggest benefits of instructor led training. There are also invaluable networking opportunities so you can share and learn from other’s experiences.

Do I need to be a project or program manager to take this course?

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.

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.

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.

I am thinking about buying the MSP manual and self-studying?

If you are doing this for cost reasons, it’s a mistake. Our e-learning package includes everything and is built to save you money and trouble. Our fully accredited e-learning package includes online lessons, the latest practice exam questions, shipping, examination costs and proctor fees. There is nothing else to pay and you have a higher chance of passing your MSP exam

Can I upgrade to MSP Practitioner after this e-learning?

Yes. You can attend days 4 and 5 of our next MSP class to upgrade to the Practitioner level or do it from home. 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 19 PDUs at the PMI for the MSP Foundation course. (10 Technical PDUs, 4 Leadership PDUs, 5 Strategic PDUs).

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The Online version of this course is offered by SPOCE, an Accredited Training Organisation of PEOPLECERT International.

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