MSP® 5th Edition Foundation

Earn your MSP 5th Edition Foundation certification with the award-winning online training team at Good e-Learning!

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a leading program and project management methodology developed by AXELOS. Using proven best practices and principles, it helps users to break complex programs down into projects that, once completed and combined, create far more value than the sum of each part. Not only can this help businesses enjoy much greater success in pursuing essential goals, but it can also unlock career and networking opportunities for those with MSP certifications. Kickstart your MSP training today!

Module 0: Course Overview

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) 5th Edition Foundation course, providing students with a course guide and outlining the course structure.

Module 1: Key Concepts in Program Management

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the key concepts found throughout the MSP Foundation course.

Module 2: The 3 Lenses of MSP

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the Principles, Themes, and Processes of MSP. These will be relevant throughout the Foundation and Practitioner courses.

Module 3: The Organization Theme

Learning Objectives

This module looks at the MSP Theme of ‘Organization’, which deals with leadership, scrutiny, decision-making, and sponsorship. Students learn what role Organization plays in planning and implementing successful programs.

Module 4: The Design Theme

Learning Objectives

The module introduces the MSP Theme of ‘Design’, which deals with how programs are shaped to clarify the end-state, as well as risks, and benefits. Students will learn what the Theme entails and what kind of role it plays in successful program management.

Module 5: The Justification Theme

Learning Objectives

This module examines the MSP Theme of ‘Justification’ and the role it plays in successful program management initiatives. Through Justification, MSP users guarantee that investing in a program is worthwhile. It also deals with elements such as budgeting and cash-flow management.

Module 6: The Structure Theme

Learning Objectives

This module deals with the MSP Theme of ‘Structure’. This helps users plan how to deliver programs, including how to set the pace of delivering results and how resources such as people, equipment, and facilities are chosen, allocated, and optimized.

Module 7: The Knowledge Theme

Learning Objectives

This module looks at the MSP Theme of ‘Knowledge’. This deals with how programs acquire, curate, utilize knowledge, and verify the integrity of knowledge. It also looks at how MSP users take lessons from programs and enable continual improvement.

Module 8: The Assurance Theme

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the ‘Assurance’ Theme, which deals with roles, responsibilities, and the ‘three lines of defense’. Students also learn how Assurance supports program governance and how to plan Assurance activities.

Module 9: The Decisions Theme

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the ‘Decisions’ Theme. Managers need to make decisions throughout a program’s lifecycle, whether for the sake of resolving issues, responding to risk, or anything else. Following the Theme ensures managers have a proven and well-governed approach to decision-making.

Module 10: The MSP Processes

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the Processes of MSP. These guide MSP practitioners through programs, helping them to deliver desired outcomes on time and to an acceptable quality.

Module 11: Course Wrap Up

Learning Objectives

This module revisits previously covered course material to help students prepare for the MSP Foundation certification exam.

Practice Exam Simulators

Learning Objectives

This module provides two exams designed to help students prepare for the official MSP Foundation certification exam. Students are advised to get used to exam conditions before attempting the real thing.

Once a student feels ready to sit the exam, they can contact the Good e-Learning support team to request a free exam voucher.

In order to achieve your MSP Foundation certification, you will need to pass the MSP Foundation examination. Earning an MSP Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for sitting the MSP Practitioner examination.

You can take the exam online (virtually) using a service provided by PeopleCert.

This course comes with mock exams to help students prepare for the real thing, a FREE exam voucher – That’s how confident we are that you’ll pass first time!

Before booking your exam, it will be a good idea to make sure that your device meets the technical requirements. You can do so via this online test. This test will examine the suitability of your webcam, microphone and internet connection. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to use your free exam voucher, simply contact [email protected]. Exam voucher requests are typically processed within 2 working days but please allow up to 5. Students must request their exam voucher within the course access period which starts from the date of purchase. For more information, please visit our Support & FAQs page.

MSP 5th Edition Foundation exam:

  • This exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the exam
  • The exam is closed book, with only the provided materials being permitted for use
  • The pass mark for the exam is 60%: you must answer 36 out of 60 questions correctly
  • Students who require extra time to complete the exam can enquire via PeopleCert

What is Managing Successful Programmes?

‘Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)’ is a program and project management framework. It offers flexible yet comprehensive best practices for planning, instigating, managing, and concluding successful programs, breaking them down into more manageable projects with clearly defined goals.

How does MSP work?

MSP works by breaking down large and complex programs into more manageable projects. It also provides non-prescriptive best practices for program management, which can be used and adapted in virtually any industry, sector, or location.

The MSP framework describes Themes, Processes, and Principles, which detail how to structure and implement program plans. The best practices and insight of the framework can be adapted to suit any program, regardless of industry, location, sector, or anything else.

What does the MSP certification path look like?

The MSP certification path starts with MSP Foundation, before moving on to MSP Practitioner and, finally, MSP Advanced Practitioner.

How can MSP benefit businesses?

The framework is flexible and adaptive enough to suit almost any organization or program. It also clarifies goals, lines of communication, and roles, enabling streamlined decision-making and making it easier to complete programs on time and within budget.

Practitioners also continually assess their projects for the sake of risk management and ensuring a focus on the ‘Business Case’.

Who can use MSP?

Due to its adaptable and non-prescriptive nature, almost any organization can use MSP. An MSP qualification can also be highly useful for both aspiring or experienced project or program managers.

What is AXELOS?

AXELOS is a joint venture company that owns and updates several leading best practice frameworks, including MSP, AgileSHIFT, ITIL 4 and PRINCE2.

What are the prerequisites for MSP Practitioner?

In order to sit the Practitioner exam, a student must first earn their Foundation certification.

What do I need to know about the MSP exams?

The Foundation exam is closed book and has 60 multiple-choice questions. It lasts 60 minutes and has a pass mark of 60%.
The Practitioner exam is open book and has 70 questions. The exam lasts 150 minutes, and the pass mark is 60%.

What other frameworks can complement MSP?

MSP can be used alongside several other frameworks, including ITIL 4 and PRINCE2.

Who is this course aimed at?

  • Organizations wishing to benefit from MSP’s best practices
  • Prospective and experienced project and program managers hoping to study and become certified in a highly-respected methodology
  • Employees seeking to contribute to or lead MSP program management teams
  • Students hoping to meet the prerequisites for sitting the MSP Practitioner exam
  • Anyone wishing to pass the MSP Foundation exam on their first attempt

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • The concepts, responsibilities, and key elements of each MSP Theme
  • How each MSP Theme and Process helps to keep programs on track and create value
  • An overview of the Principles, Themes, and Processes of MSP
  • How to create and tailor MSP frameworks for real-world organizations
  • Everything needed to pass the official MSP Foundation exam

Why should you take this course?

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a highly respected and widely proven project and program management framework, and MSP certifications are in high demand
  • MSP 5th Edition is an all-new iteration of the framework, offering up-to-date insight and best practices from the world’s leading program management specialists
  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider
  • The course features regular knowledge checks, as well as a practice exam simulator to help students prepare for the official MSP Foundation exam
  • The course includes interactive slides, instructor-led videos, and other online training assets created with help from highly experienced MSP practitioners
  • Passing the MSP Foundation exam is a prerequisite for sitting the MSP Practitioner exam
  • We offer each student 6 months of access and a FREE exam voucher (T&Cs apply)
  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS
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