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MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner

>  Fully Accredited MSP Programme Management Course by PeoplecertMSP PeopleCert Accredited Logo

>  Includes official course manual, materials, exam(s) and certificate

>  High pass rates for Foundation and Practitioner exams

>  Exams taken in classroom, not online

>  ReAct, Access and ELCAS Funding Accepted

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Course Information

Our MSP® course has been designed and developed to allow delegates to understand and apply MSP® not just to pass the exams. We specialize in working together with organisations and individuals to understand how MSP® works and how to effectively integrate it in to the existing structures and processes of the parent organisation.

The MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Course is based upon the “Managing Successful Programmes 2011 edition” which describes “best practice” guidance for handling all types of transformational change programmes.

This accredited course is designed to teach the basic principles of good programme management in line with the Principles, Governance Themes and Transformational Flow described in the MSP® approach and to prepare delegates for the Foundation and Practitioner examinations, held within the course.

Day 1

  • The MSP® Practitioner examination explained
  • Review of the MSP® programme management method
  • Practitioner examination hints and tips
  • MSP® Practitioner examination workshops

Day 2

  • MSP® Practitioner Examination workshops continued
  • MSP® Practitioner Examination


Presented in association with aims4change.

Practitioner Level Exam

The MSP® Practitioner Exam is a written paper of 2.5 hours duration. There are 8 Objective Test style questions to be answered
in the 2.5 hours and the candidate may use an annotated manual. Each question is worth 10 marks and the candidate must
score 40/80 to be successful.  Results will be received within 7 – 10 days

This course includes:Managing Successful Programmes Course Manual

  • Pre-course reading list
  • Managing Successful Programmes official manual (excluding ELC funded candidates)
  • Training from an approved MSP trainer
  • Exam preparation for Practitioner exam
  • Practitioner exam
  • Practitioner certificate (on passing the exam)
  • Detailed Practitioner course notes
  • Sample exams
  • Refreshments (excluding ELC funded candidates)

Course Key Points

Duration: 2 days

Start Time: 09:00am

Finish Time: 17:00pm

Accredited: Yes

Pre-course Reading: 6-8 Hours

Exam(s): Included – taken during course

Practice Exam(s): Included

Manual: Official MSP manual included

Type: Available as Classroom, Virtual Live and In-house

Dates and Prices

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November 26, 2020 £595.00
March 4, 2021 £595.00
June 17, 2021 £595.00

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Please note all published prices are exclusive of VAT for consumers who pay no VAT or can recover VAT. The current rate of VAT is 20% for consumers that are required to pay VAT. All public course bookings are subject to availability and minimum course numbers.

Why Choose NILC For Your MSP Training?


Industry Expert Trainers

Highly skilled trainers with real world experience

Multiple Locations

Courses available at our venues or your offices

Highly Rated

We are highly rated with 5 stars from Trustpilot

Learn From Home

Live instructor-led virtual courses with exams


Trusted & Accredited

Our MSP courses are fully accredited by Peoplecert


No Hidden Charges

Exams and course materials are all provided

High Pass Rates

Our MSP courses have high pass rates


Post Course Support

We'll be on hand to help and answer any questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the questions we get asked the most about MSP.
When Will I Receive My MSP Exam Results?


Foundation Exam Results

If you have taken MSP Foundation, your exam will be marked by the trainer immediately following the exam and the provisional results are available within an hour.

Practitioner Exam Results

If you have taken MSP Practitioner, your exam will be sent to the examination board (Peoplecert) for marking and your results will be available in 7-10 working days.

Are there any sample exam papers?


Yes. As part of your Foundation and Practitioner training you will be given access to 2 full sample Foundation exam papers and 2 full sample Practitioner exam papers. 

Will I receive any pre-course reading?


Yes. Approximately 3 weeks prior to the course start date you will receive the official Managing Successful Programmes manual and a pre-course reading list which instructs you which pages of the manual you should be familiar with prior to the course start date. 

Are there any additional costs to the course price?


No. Everything is included in the course price. This includes your tuition, course materials, official Managing Successful Programmes manual, sample exams, pre-course study, exam fees and certification. If you’re doing a classroom-based training course at one of NILC’s venues, you’ll also receive unlimited tea, coffee, water and free Wi-Fi.

Where do I sit the MSP exams?


You take your paper-based MSP Foundation and/or Practitioner exams in the class during the course. Please note some providers send you home to sit the exam on a computer as they say it provides you with more flexibility however it is just to save the provider money. 

Are there any prerequisites for MSP?

MSP Foundation

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however it is recommended you have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2® project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory, but some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.

MSP Practitioner

You must hold a valid MSP Foundation qualification prior to sitting MSP Practitioner. 

What version are your MSP courses?


All of NILC’s MSP courses follow the 2011 syllabus. This is the most up-to-date version of MSP currently available.

What happens if I fail a MSP exam?


If you fail to pass either of the MSP examinations, we will offer you support to give you the best opportunity to pass at the next attempt. Both Foundation and Practitioner exams can be sat on their own without having to retake the whole course (as long as you originally took the course with us). Don’t worry if you do fail one of the exams, they are designed to be a challenge - if everyone passed first time, then it wouldn’t signify a good exam.

Our high pass rates for both Foundation and Practitioner exams allows us to be confident that you will pass at the first attempt providing you complete the pre-course reading, attend the course every day, undertake the trial questions, and conduct the 1-2 hour daily homework during the course.

Do the MSP qualifications expire?


The Foundation examination does not have an expiry period.

Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognized as a "MSP® Registered Practitioner" and candidates who pass the Advanced Practitioner exam are recognized as an "MSP Registered Advanced Practitioner". Individuals will remain registered for a period of five calendar years.

To maintain their registered status, Registered Practitioners/Advanced Practitioners must complete and pass the MSP Re-Registration examination three to five calendar years after their initial/previous Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner certification.

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