AXELOS - MSP® Foundation & Practitioner



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15/3/2021 (Monday)


MSP accredited by PeopleCert MSP accredited by PeopleCert

On this 3-day accelerated MSP® Foundation and Practitioner course you'll develop the skills to manage successful programmes. On the MSP Foundation, you'll develop your understanding of the MSP guidance to work effectively in a team within an environment supporting MSP. On the MSP Practitioner you'll further develop these skills with the aim of managing, leading or advising on work within an MSP environment.

Some of the topics you'll cover include:

  • Introduction to programme management
  • Programme management processes and documentation
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Risk and issue management
  • Planning and control

You'll benefit from industry expert instructors that will make use of their rich experience to enhance your understanding of the course material.

On this course you'll sit the MSP Foundation and Practioner examinations. This is covered by your Certification Guarantee.

This course is designed for project delivery team members and anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level certifications.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online MSP Foundation & Practitioner courses
  2. You'll be MSP Foundation & Practitioner certified in just 3 days. With us, you’ll be MSP Foundation & Practitioner trained in record time
  3. Our MSP Foundation & Practitioner course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass MSP Foundation & Practitioner first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn MSP Foundation & Practitioner faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying MSP Foundation & Practitioner with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 101418 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business


Daily lectures, labs, and review sessions are supplemented by a combination of:

  • Proprietary Lab Manual and Program Courseware - developed to address the unique demands of accelerated learners
  • Self Test Testing Software

Firebrand Training thoroughly covers all essential elements necessary to attain the Managing Successful Programmes certifications during the course.


  • Introduction to MSP and what constitutes a Programme
  • The MSP Principles
  • The Transformational Flow
  • Programme Organisation, Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement, Vision
  • Planning and Control, Quality and Assurance Management, Risk and Issue Management
  • Benefits Management, Programme Business Case, Blueprint Design and Delivery
  • Foundation exam
  • Practitioner exam

Course program in detail:

Introduction to Programme Management

  • Programme Definition
  • Programmes vs. Projects
  • The Programme Management Environment
  • Using Programme Management
  • Principles

Programme Management Processes and Documentation

  • Identifying a Programme - Programme Mandate, Programme Brief
  • Defining a Programme - Programme Definition Document
  • Managing the Tranches, Delivering the Capability, Realising the Benefits
  • Closing a Programme

Programme Organisation

  • Sponsoring Group
  • Programme Board
  • SR
  • BCM(s)
  • Programme Manager
  • Programme Support
  • Additional roles


  • What makes a good Vision?
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leadership vs Management
  • Stakeholder Profiles, Stakeholder Maps, Influence/Interest Matrix
  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
  • Programme Communications

Plan Blueprint Design and Delivery

  • The POTI Model
  • Outputs/Capabilities
  • Tranche Alignment
  • The Blueprint

Benefits Management

  • Benefits Profiles/Benefits Maps
  • Benefits Management Strategy
  • Benefits Realisation Plan

Business Case

  • Genesis of a Business Case
  • Benefits vs Dis-Benefits
  • Types of Programme Cost

Risk and Issue Management

  • Risk Management/Issue Management
  • Risk Management Strategy/Register
  • Issue Management Strategy/Register
  • Configuration Management
  • Information Management Strategy/Plan

Quality and Assurance Management

  • Quality vs Assurance
  • Quality and Assurance Strategy/Plan
  • Audits/Health Checks

Planning and Control

  • Projects Dossier
  • Project Plan
  • Dependency Networks
  • Monitoring and Control Strategy

Exam Track

You will be prepared for, and sit the following exams on-site during the course. This is covered by your Certification Guarantee.

Foundation Examination

Examination format:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • 75 questions per paper with one mark available per question
  • Five questions are trialled and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (50%) out of an available 70 marks
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book

Practitioner Examination

Examination Format:

  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions per paper, 80 marks available in total
  • 40 marks required to pass (50%)
  • 120 minutes duration
  • Open book

What's Included


  • MSP Axelos Accredited Courseware

The following is provided before you attend the course, and must be brought with you.

  • Managing Successful Programmes (2011 Edition) ISBN: 9780113313273

Delegates will also be provided with pre-course reading by email prior to attending the course. This pre-reading comprises a mixture of theory, sample questions and application of MSP.

Paying close attention to the pre-reading materials will significantly help a delegate's prospects of success on the course. It is recommended that candidates spend 8 hours working through the pre-reading.

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


To be successful in the Managing Successful Programmes course you should have six months‚ experience in project management.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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