The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course is focused on programmes and is considered the next step up from PRINCE2. The course focuses on how programmes are structured and run.

Like PRINCE2, the Managing Successful Programmes course comes in two levels – Foundation and Practitioner.

Why should I take the course?

PMO practitioners have chosen MSP because they’re working at a programme level – within a Programme Management Office. In this type of role it is important to understand the difference between project and programme management and this course is all about that.

For PMO practitioners with minimal experience in programme management, the Foundation level is the place to start. For the more experienced, and especially those working in PMO management, the Practitioner level should also be undertaken.

For a PMO practitioner, it is important to understand some of the key themes such as governance arrangements; interdependency management; resourcing and benefits management.

MSP is particularly useful if you are setting up a Programme Office for a programme of work with knowledge about structuring and tailoring being prominent.

The Programme Office is featured throughout the course as one of the main roles in a programme environment.

The course and certification are also well recognised in the marketplace – the most popular to focus on programme management.

You have two options, take the MSP Foundation or take both the Foundation and Practitioner together.

How do I take this course?

This course is provided via eLearning. You will receive login details to access the course materials and lessons, you then take the course, learning at your own pace.

The price also includes the exam. An exam voucher will be issued to you and you can take the exam whenever you are ready. Exams are proctored, which means they can be booked and carried out remotely. You will need a PC/laptop with webcam in order to take the exam. Instructions on how to book your exam will be sent to you.

To get the ball rolling, enrol on the course and start learning today.

Should I take Foundation and Practitioner?

It depends. For the more senior PMO practitioners it is advised that you would complete both levels – especially if your role is focused on setting up and running the Programme Office.

The Foundation level is fine if you’re currently working as a PMO Analyst within a Programme Office, the Practitioner can be carried out later in your career.

For more information take a look at the MSP information from AXELOS

Is MSP well recognised?

Yes, it’s the most well-known certification there is that focuses on programme management.

Many PMO practitioners opt to complete MSP if they are specifically working in programme level PMOs.

They often do this course alongside P3O.

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