MSP® 5th Edition Practitioner

Become a fully certified MSP Practitioner with the award-winning team at Good e-Learning!

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a globally-recognized methodology developed by AXELOS. It offers a structured framework for breaking programs down into more manageable projects, making it easier to support high-priority business objectives. A successful MSP practitioner can even unlock greater responsibilities and higher-paying roles across a range of industries and sectors. Kickstart your MSP training today!

Module 0

Learning Objectives

This module introduces and sets out the structure for the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) 5th Edition Practitioner course, letting students know what to expect.

Module 1: The MSP Practitioner Course

Learning Objectives

This module goes into the most important elements of the MSP Practitioner certification exam. It also introduces the ‘program scenario’ that will be used as an example throughout the course itself.

Module 2: Principles, Strategy and Plans

Learning Objectives

This module covers MSP’s Principles, Program Strategy, and Program Plans. Each of these will be applied to the program scenario to help students understand the role they play in real-world programs.

Module 3:The Organization Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the Theme of ‘Organization’ covered in MSP Foundation. It also applies the concepts of the Theme to the program scenario.

Module 4: The Design Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the Theme of ‘Design’ and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 5: The Justification Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the ‘Justification’ Theme and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 6:The Structure Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the ‘Structure’ Theme and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 7: The Knowledge Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the ‘Knowledge’ Theme and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 8: The Assurance Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the ‘Assurance’ Theme and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 9: The Decisions Theme

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the ‘Decisions’ Theme and its core concepts. These are then applied to the program scenario.

Module 10: The MSP Processes

Learning Objectives

This module returns to the seven MSP Processes. To help students understand each Process, the module applies each of them to the program scenario.

Module 11: Course Wrap Up

Learning Objectives

This module revisits the areas covered throughout the course to help students prepare for the MSP Practitioner certification exam.

Module 12: Practice Exams

Learning Objectives

This module provides two practice exams from AXELOS, along with a program scenario that covers both of them. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the exam conditions before attempting the official MSP Practitioner certification exam.

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

To earn your MSP Practitioner certification, you will need to successfully pass the official MSP Practitioner examination. To be eligible to sit the exam, you must first gain your MSP Foundation certification.

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.

Prerequisite certifications:

MSP 5th Edition Practitioner exam:

  • This exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions
  • There is a time limit of 150 minutes to complete the exam
  • The exam is open-book
  • The pass mark for the exam is 60%: you must answer at least 42 out of 70 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 adopt MSP best practices
  • Prospective and experienced program and project managers looking to become fully certified in MSP
  • Employees planning to contribute to or lead MSP program or project teams
  • Students seeking to pass the MSP Practitioner exam

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • How to create and tailor MSP frameworks for individual organizations
  • How to apply MSP Themes and Processes in real-world scenarios
  • How to make a valued contribution to program management teams, whether in the context of support, organization, advising, managing, or leading
  • Everything needed to pass the official MSP Practitioner exam

Why should you take this course?

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a highly respected and widely recognized methodology for program and project management
  • MSP 5th Edition is the latest version of the framework. It comes complete with fully updated insight and best practices from some of the world’s leading experts on program management
  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider
  • The course comes with interactive slides, instructor-led videos, and other online training assets created alongside highly experienced subject matter experts and MSP practitioners
  • The course features a practice exam simulator as well as regular module knowledge
  • 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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