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Managing Successful Programmes Foundation & Practitioner (MSP®)

About the Course

Course Duration: 5 days
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MSP® is a best-practice guide from the Home Office, describing a structured approach for managing programmes. It has been developed using the collective expertise and practical experience of some of the leading practitioners in the field. This means that it not only reflects best practice, but is also an accessible, workable technique that has been tested by those working in the real world. 

Who is it for?

This training event is designed for Programme Managers, Business Change Managers, Account Managers, Project Directors, Business Strategists, Consultants.  

Entry Requirements

  • Some experience of leading or managing major change. 
  • The standard recommended pre-course reading time is 15-20 hours 

The Exam

This course prepares delegates for the following exam(s): 

  • The M_o_R ® Foundation Exam is taken on Day Three; 
  • The M_o_R® Practitioner Exam is taken on Day Five of this course. 

Of the M_o_R Foundation Examination: 

  • 75 multiple-choice questions 
  • 35 marks required to pass (50% of 70, five questions are trial and not counted in scores) 
  • 60 minutes duration 
  • Closed book 

Of the M_o_R Practitioner Examination: 

  • Objective testing 
  • Four questions per paper, 20 marks available per question 
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50% 
  • Three hours duration 
  • You may use the book ‘Management of Risk: Guidance for Practitioners’ (the Management of Risk ‘guide’), together with the guidance document ‘ABC Guide Part A Example Techniques’. No other material can be used. 

Exams are included in the course fee. 

Course Objectives

  • Plan for and gain crucial “buy-in” from the key stakeholders in your programme 
  • Align projects to your strategy 
  • Keep the focus on your change objectives 
  • Provide your senior management colleagues with a flexible and relevant framework, so they can work with you to direct the change process 
  • Achieve more efficient use of your resources 
  • Better control the risks that may be hidden in the detail of activities and projects 
  • Realise benefits during and after your programme through a formal process 
  • Improve your control of costs, standards and quality 
  • Effectively manage your programme’s business case 
  • Gain efficient control of a whole range of complex activities 
  • Use clear role definitions to avoid confusion and conflict 
  • Manage better the smooth transition from current to future operations 
  • Be better briefed to work within programmes and Gateway Reviews 
  • Gain a recognized Programme Management qualification 

Syllabus – Key points

Building your own map of a programme lifecycle 

  • Designing your programme team 
  • How leaders lead a programme 
  • Drafting a Programme Brief 
  • How to make sure benefits are realised by good transition management 
  • Engaging the stakeholders; communications in a programme 
  • Risk and Issue management 
  • Ensure the quality of the final capability 
  • Planning, tracking and controlling progress in the programme 
  • Presenting a Programme Definition 
  • Managing the developing new business capability and controlling changes 
  • Integrating the processes, information and roles in the programme. 

Programme Management Processes 

  • Identifying a Programme 
  • Defining a Programme 
  • Governing a Programme 
  • Managing the Benefits 
  • Closing a Programme 
  • Fitting it all together with a Case Study 


  • Mock Examinations 
  • Examination Tips 
  • Daily review questions 
  • Foundation Examination 
  • Practitioner Examination 


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