AXELOS MSP® Foundation, Practitioner & Advanced Practitioner

- Only 5 Days
MSP accredited by PeopleCert MSP accredited by PeopleCert

The goal of this five (5) day MSP® course is to teach students a base-line for managing programmes with a structure to strengthen the coordinated management of a portfolio of projects and to achieve strategic organisational benefits.

Programme Management provides the framework for implementing business strategies and initiatives, or large-scale change, where there is a "vision" of the programme's outcome - a transformed organisation for example. Programmes Management helps to organise, manage, accommodate and control these changes so that the eventual outcome meets the objectives set by the business strategy.

Our Managing Successful Programmes Certification Program

  • Allows you to achieve your certifications in a fraction of the time of 'traditional training' while delivering industry-leading exam passing percentages
  • Helps students grasp complex management concepts more easily by identifying and catering to individual student learning styles through a mixed visual, auditory and kinaesthetic-tactual delivery system
  • Enhances retention by employing accelerated learning techniques focused on committing information to long-term memory

Thynk ATO of AXELOS Limited offers the MSP® Foundation, Practitioner & Advanced Practitioner course on this page. The MSP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.


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Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be MSP certified in just 5 days. With us, you’ll be MSP trained in record time
  2. Our MSP course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass MSP 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
  4. 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
  5. You’ll learn MSP 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
  6. You’ll be studying MSP 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 74645 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study Firebrand's courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!

Firebrand Training provides thorough instructor-led training to ensure that you learn the fundamentals and earn your certification. You will emerge able to immediately apply your new knowledge in your career environment.

Course Materials

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

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

Firebrand Training has an intensive educational schedule that thoroughly covers all essential elements necessary to attain the Managing Successful Programmes Certification during the program.


  • Introducing the Managing Successful Programme
  • Organisation, Leadership, Programme Management Processes
  • Stakeholder Management and Communication, Programme Planning and Control
  • Business Case -, Risk -, Benefits - and Quality Management
  • Foundation exam
  • Practitioner exam
  • Advanced Practitioner exam

Course program in detail

Introduction to Programme Management

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

Organisation and Leadership

  • Principles
  • Basic Programme Organisation
  • Roles

Programme Management Processes and Products

  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing Benefits
  • Closing a Programme

Stakeholder Management and Communication

  • Stakeholders
  • Stakeholders Management
  • Stakeholder Map
  • The Stakeholder Management Strategy

Programme Planning and Control

  • The Programme Plan
  • Contributions
  • Planning Steps

Business Case Management

  • The Business Case
  • Developing the Business Case
  • Reviewing the Business Case
  • Programme and Project Business Cases

Benefits Management

  • Realising Benefits though Change
  • Disbenefits
  • Objectives of Benefits Managing
  • The Benefits Management Process
  • The Benefits Management Strategy
  • Identifying and Modelling Benefits

Risk Management and Issue Resolution

  • Risks and Issues
  • Programme and Project Level Risks and Issues
  • Managing Risk at the Programme Level (process as per MSP® manual)
  • Risk Management Strategy
  • Issue Resolution Strategy
  • The Issue Log
  • Change Control

Quality Management

  • Configuration Management
  • Quality Management
  • Audit and Assurance

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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

Advanced Practitioner Examination

Examination format:

  • Essay-based
  • Two questions per paper, 75 marks available in total
  • 38 marks required to pass (50%)
  • Three hours‚ duration
  • Open-book (other material than the MSP Guide, such as course notes or copies of presentations can be used during this examination, but use of electronic aids, such as laptops, is not permitted)

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  • 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

Students will also be provided with the pre-course reading by email prior to attending the course. This pre-reading comprises a mixture of theory, sample questions and application of MSP. Delegates will also receive the “MSPCare” Case Study which presents a complex programme scenario, with accompanying guidance and questions.

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 10 hours working through the pre-reading.

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Accelerated Learning Programmes include:

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • On site testing ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Transportation to/from designated local railway stations
  • Examination Passing Policy

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Firebrand goes digital

We’re currently migrating from printed to digital courseware. Some courseware is already available in digital, while other books remain in printed form. To find out if this course is digital, call us on +33 (0) 181 22 44 68.

There are several benefits of easy-to-use digital courseware: downloads are immediate, and you’ll always have your courseware available wherever you are. You won’t need to wait for a printed book to be delivered before you start learning – and it’s better for the environment.

Considering a Microsoft course? Always have the most up-to-date Microsoft digital courseware with ‘Fresh Editions’. This gives you access to all versions of digital courseware – you’ll receive updates and revisions of your textbook, at no charge, for the life of that course.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: GIAC, CREST and CISSP CBK Review. Exam vouchers may also not be included for Apprentices and will require a separate purchase by an employer due to Education and Skills Funding Agency guidelines.
  • *** On site testing is not included for our GIAC, CREST or ITIL Managers and Revision Certification Courses
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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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 - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on +33 (0) 181 22 44 68 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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AXELOS MSP Course Dates

AXELOS - MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes)




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8/6/2020 (Monday)

12/6/2020 (Friday)


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