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MSP® Managing Successful Programmes – Practitioner

2-day Training Program leading to the Practitioner Level Certificate in MSP.

  • Duration 2 Days
  • Fee - Virtual Instructor-Led $2,100 + GST
  • Exam Online Exam Voucher
  • Fee - Face-to-face Training $2,300 + GST
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Upcoming Course Dates

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Virtual Instructor-led Training | AEST 27 & 28 June 2024 08:30 am - 04:00 pm
Virtual Instructor-led Training | AEST 12 & 13 September 2024 08:30 am - 04:00 pm


[Updated April 2021 – MSP® 5th Edition]

  • Two-day fully-accredited course

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) represents proven good practice in the successful adoption of enterprise agility through the application of programme management. It is a framework whereby large, complex change can be broken down into manageable, inter-related projects.

MSP has been used and adopted by many organisations both within the public and private sectors.

Why adopt MSP?

Today’s organisations exist in a climate of constant and increasing change. Organisations that have learned how to transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control are more likely to survive and prosper. Programme management is increasingly being recognised as key to enabling organisations to manage that transformation.

Where there is major change there will be complexity, risk, many interdependencies to manage, and conflicting priorities to resolve. Experience shows that organisations are likely to fail to deliver change successfully where:

  • There is insufficient board-level support
  • Leadership is weak
  • There are unrealistic expectations of the organisational capacity and capability to change
  • There is insufficient focus on benefits
  • There is no real picture of the future capability
  • There is a poorly defined or poorly communicated vision
  • The organisation fails to change culture
  • There is insufficient engagement of stakeholders.

Adopting a programme management approach such as MSP provides a structured framework that can help organisations avoid these pitfalls and achieve their goals.

Roles and responsibilities

MSP defines the roles and responsibilities of all who need to form part of the leadership of a programme. Effective leadership of a programme is achieved through informed decision-making and a flexible management regime. The key roles involved are:

  • Sponsoring Group
  • Senior Responsible Owner
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Change Manager
  • Programme Office.

MSP  Integrated Framework

There are three lenses to the MSP framework:

Principles – the common factors that underpin the success of any programme.

Themes – covering essential governance and controls.

Processes – an incremental lifecycle that is flexible and adaptable yet enables an orderly progression with clear decision criteria

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This course is available as a 5-day combined Foundation & Practitioner module, also available as a 3-day Foundation module or 2-day Practitioner module where the 5th Edition Foundation exam has been achieved previously. 

Our Trainers Make the Difference

  • Sue Taylor

    Sue Taylor is an experienced portfolio, program, project and change management consultant, trainer and practitioner with experience across private and public sectors, including state and federal government agencies and financial organisations.

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  • Leigh Harris

    Leigh is a recognised professional in the development and delivery of project, programme, and enterprise architecture training. He has held roles as a training manager and facilitator within leading consultancies and multi-national training organisations.

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Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is for each student to be able to work in a programme, including:

  • Recognise a programme, and how it is different to a project
  • Apply MSP theory in practice
  • Effectively control the start, progress and closure of a programme
  • Integrate the MSP themes and processes into a programme
  • Establish a programme organisation and manage the appropriate stakeholders
  • Apply the programme management principles across the life of the programme
  • Establish a Programme Office to support a programme

“Sue is an excellent trainer and one of the best that I have had the experience of learning from. Her style and pace of teaching was very conducive to learning and understanding the MSP principles, themes, processes and their relatedness. I really appreciated her talking through and drawing the diagrams as she explained key concepts as I learn best by having visual representations.” Live Virtual Training | 2022

Who Should Attend

To attend the MSP Practitioner certification course, you must have successfully completed MSP Foundation level prior. 

The MSP Practitioner course module is appropriate for:

  • Senior Executives
  • Programme Sponsors
  • Programme Managers
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme and project management consultants

MSP Practitioner is designed for project, programme and business change managers who want to apply the MSP framework to real-life scenarios. Practitioner is a must-have certification for both project and programme management professionals who need to deliver organizational value for their employers and to boost their careers.

Course Contents

Day 1

  • Revision of topics from Foundation course and their application to a scenario
  • Sample papers

Day 2

  • Practice questions
  • Practitioner exam hints and tips
  • Facilitator led study or private study
  • Excellent experience in every way. Material, setup and structure all worked very well. Our trainer Sue was fantastic and very patient, I learned a lot through her tireless descriptions. Would definitely recommend this course to others.

    Live Virtual Training | 2022


MSP Foundation & Practitioner

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Fees per person

MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner Course & Exam (2 days)

  • Live Virtual Training = $2,100 + gst
  • Face-to-Face Training = $2,300 + gst

All participants will receive:

  • Comprehensive Course Workbook – Hard Copy
  • Practice Examinations
  • MSP Practitioner Certificate Online Exam Voucher – 3 Month Validity

Exams and Other Information

Live Virtual Training:
Participants will be provided with an online exam voucher to sit the exams at a time and date of their choosing within 3 months of the course. The web-proctored exams are available 24/7 and run by the examination institute PeopleCert. 

Face-to-Face Training:
Participants will be provided with a paper-based exam to sit in class during the course. Foundation exam is sat on Day 3 and the Practitioner exam is sat on day 5. 

The Practitioner Certificate Exam Format is:

  • Objective testing
  • 70 question items per paper
  • 42 marks required to pass – 60%
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ duration
  • Open book exam. Candidates may use the official printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Programmes 5th Edition. The manual may be annotated and tabulated but no sticky notes or loose-leaf papers containing additional notes will be allowed.


The Foundation Certificate is a mandatory pre-requisite to undertake the Practitioners exam.