MSP® Foundation 5th edition E-learning

Why should I take the Managing Successful Programmes Foundation E-learning course?

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MSP e-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.

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.

The Foundation level 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 processes. By the end of the course, you to be able to work confidently in an MSP program environment.

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” (Hard copy)
  • Accredited course material including sample exam questions
  • MSP Foundation exam (webcam required) + ebook
  • 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:

There are no prerequisites for this course. Having some knowledge of project or programme management is beneficial.

What are the course contents:

This is the PEOPLECERT International MSP 5th edition Foundation course. It covers the MSP syllabus to Foundation level.

Key Learning Points:

An Introduction to MSP

  1. What is programme management
  2. Why use programme management
  3. The Programme environment

MSP Principles 

  1. Lead with Purpose
  2. Collaborate Across Boundaries
  3. Deal with Ambiguity
  4. Align with Priorities
  5. Deploy Diverse Skills
  6. Realize Measurable Benefits
  7. Bring Pace and Value

MSP Themes

  1. Organization
  2. Design
  3. Justification
  4. Structure
  5. Knowledge
  6. Assurance
  7. Decisions

MSP Processes

  1. Identify the Programme
  2. Design the Outcomes
  3. Plan Progressive Delivery
  4. Embed the Outcomes
  5. Evaluate New Information
  6. Close the Programme


Which exams are included in this course?

This course includes the MSP Foundation exam.

MSP Foundation exam

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

  • 60 multiple choice questions with 1 mark for each question
  • Closed book exam
  • 60 minutes duration
  • 60% needed to pass so a score of 36 / 60 is required

When is the exam taken?

When you are ready to take the exam, we will send you a prepaid voucher for the exam authority PeopleCert. You will be able to schedule the exam in the portal anytime you want 24/7. You can change the time of the exam as you please. However, if you change the date 48hrs prior to start time, PeopleCert will charge a fee. 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 are the technical requirements for the online exam?

A personal computer is recommended to avoid any technical issues. If you are using an office computer, make sure you have the access rights or IT support at the time of the exam. For the online proctored exam an interface needs to be installed. Administrative rights are therefore essential. Exams can be taken on a recent MAC or PC with Windows. A webcam and working microphone (internal or external) are required. The online exam is not available on a tablet (Ipad) or Cellular phone at the moment.

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

Set your exam date first. Then work towards it. The material takes 20 hours study. So, work out how long that is going to take you and then book the exam. 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.

English is not my native tongue?

For exams done in another language than your native tongue, you will be attributed 25% more time. We can also make arrangements to help with dyslexia or medical issues regarding exams if you submit a doctor’s note in advance.

How long does my MSP qualification last?

The MSP Foundation certificate is valid 3 years.
You can join the MyAXELOS membership for a small fee, maintain your digital badge and certification by recording 20 points of continuous development per year. Otherwise retaking the exam after 3 years will be costly.

Candidates who do not renew will still be included on the Successful Candidates Register (SCR) and the Candidate Verification Service, but a note will be added to their record to indicate that their certification needs to be renewed to align with current certification requirements.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

If you don’t pass the exam, you can do a re-sit. We will send you a new voucher code for an additional fee. If you feel insecure, it is possible to purchase a re-sit insurance from PeopleCert up to 15 minutes prior to taking the exam. This will provide you a second attempt, if necessary, within the following 6 months.


How many hours of study are required to pass the exam?
You need at least 20 hours study to get ready for the Foundation exam.
Can you compare MSP e-learning vs virtual?
Good question. MSP e-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 virtual training the material is fully accredited and will prepare you for the examination. But sometimes, self-study 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 3 days. During a virtual classroom event, you get access to a MSP accredited trainer. Many students said that the trainer’s insights and enthusiasm increased 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 networking opportunities so you can share and learn from other’s experiences.
I am thinking about buying the MSP manual and self-studying?
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.
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 Programme Manager, you are not required to manage the individual projects in your programme 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 programme 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 programme is always working towards this. The programme 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 programme and when it would be suitable to apply MSP.
What are the technical support hours for e-learning course?
For any questions regarding the material or help on the e-learning course, we can be reached between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone). For technical issues, the IT team is located in the UK, so tech support is only available between 8 a.m. and Noon (Eastern Time Zone).
Can exams be taken on paper?
No. As of February 1st, 2022, the exam authority PeopleCert has eliminated paper exams in favor of online.
I am not sure my computer is up to date for the online exam?
You can use the contact form to send us a message in advance. We will be able to verify if your computer meets the technical requirements.
What is the process for a proctored exam?
The exam authority has a strict procedure for online exams to ensure the security of the session. Some of them are: You will be asked to be alone in a well-lit room with no background noise. The proctor will ask you to rotate your webcam in order to verify the area. Your desk must be clean of papers, books or notes. Glass walls and/or doors are prohibited unless they are covered. You will be asked to position yourself in a way that doors are behind you and visible to the proctor through the webcam. You can use the contact form to send us a message in advance if you wish to obtain more information on the remote proctoring process.
How many PDUs do I get for this course?
PMPs can claim 19 PDUs at the PMI for the MSP Foundation E-learning course. (10 Ways of working, 4 Power skills, 5 Business acumen).
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MSP® Foundation 5th edition E-learning

MSP® Foundation E-learning

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