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MSP: Achieving Practitioner Certification



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Prepare to achieve your MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Foundation and Practitioner certifications with this training course. As a certified MSP Practitioner, you demonstrate your knowledge of the Managing Successful Programmes framework, and understand how to apply proven concepts and best practices for successfully delivering transformational change.

You Will Learn How To

  • Prepare for and take the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation and Practitioner Exams
  • Apply the MSP Principles and Governance Themes
  • Identify and define programmes that support your organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Manage the programme to attain measurable benefits

Important Course Information

  • Course Preparation

    • The reading materials (Learning Tree Precourse Study Guide and Managing Successful Programmes 2011 Edition) are shipped to you prior to your training course.
    • 20 hours of precourse reading and 2 hours of home study each evening are required.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to MSP
  • Adhering to MSP Principles
  • Defining the processes and themes
  • Transformational Flow Processes

Identifying a programme

  • Appointing the Sponsoring Group and Programme Board
  • Developing a Programme Brief
  • Creating a Programme Preparation Plan

Defining a programme

  • Refining the Vision Statement and Blueprint
  • Modelling the benefits
  • Establishing a Programme Plan
  • Designing governance arrangements
  • Confirming the Business Case
  • Bringing together the Programme Definition Document

Managing the tranche

  • Implementing defined governance for the programme
  • Undertaking audit and assurance reviews
  • Maintaining alignment between programme blueprint and business strategy objectives
  • Managing risks and issues

Delivering the capability

  • Starting projects
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Controlling project delivery
  • Closing projects

Realising the benefits

  • Preparing for transition
  • Undergoing transition
  • Measuring the benefits

Closing a programme

  • Confirming programme closure
  • Reviewing the programme
  • Disbanding the programme organisation
  • Leading the Programme

Programme organisation

  • Designing a programme organisational structure
  • Identifying responsibilities of everyone involved

Ensuring stakeholder engagement

  • Analysing and identifying stakeholders
  • Profiling and mapping stakeholder interests and issues
  • Developing a Communications Plan
  • Measuring communication effectiveness
  • Aligning the Vision, Blueprint and Business Case

Creating the Vision and Blueprint

  • Designing a model of the future organisation
  • Modelling processes, organisation, information

The Business Case

  • Creating and evolving the Business Case
  • Validating against the Vision and Blueprint
  • Testing the ongoing viability of the programme
  • Governing the Programme

Planning and controlling the programme

  • Deciding on the structure of the tranches
  • Defining the contents of a Programme Plan
  • Resourcing the programme
  • Identifying how the programme will be controlled with associated responsibilities

Benefits management

  • Mapping, profiling and categorising benefits
  • Employing the benefits management cycle

Managing risks and issues

  • Controlling the aggregated risk profile
  • Responding to threats and opportunities
  • Resolving issues

Quality and assurance management

  • Designing a Quality and Assurance Management Strategy for a programme
  • Achieving the right level of quality
  • Applying the principles of assurance management
  • Foundation and Practitioner Exams

Preparing for the exams

  • Gaining insight into the exam process
  • Practising with sample exam questions

Foundation Exam: Day 4

  • Taking the exam
  • Obtaining results

Practitioner Exam: Day 5

  • Taking the exam
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Course Tuition Fee Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your Learning Tree course exam on the last day of your course or online any time after class.


Training Hours

Days 1 - 4 class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Two 15-minute breaks
60-minute lunch

Day 4, Foundation Exam*
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Day 5 class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
60-minute lunch

Day 5, Practitioner Exam*
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

2 hours overnight reading and homework required

*All AnyWare remote attendees will need to contact our Learning Tree Customer Service department prior to their course start date in order to make arrangements for taking the necessary exams.

AFTERNOON START class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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