MSP Managing Successful Programmes

2-day MSP Advanced Practitioner Course Outline Available as an in-house course for organisations Includes examinations during the course

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Officially launched in 1999, “Managing Successful Programmes” (MSP®) is a guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and co-ordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

Who is the course designed for?

This two day course is intended for anyone in, or aspiring to, a senior role within a programme. This includes Programme Managers or Programme Directors, and other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of programmes, including Business Change Managers and Programme Office Managers. Anyone who already has a good understanding of the principles and theory of the MSP® manual, supported by practical application within a programme environment, will benefit from this course.

The Managing Successful Programmes method is flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme where a business "vision" is the required outcome.

What are the pre-requisutes?

Candidates must have already passed the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Examinations.  This event provides a workshop environment for preparing for the MSP® Advanced Practitioner Examination.

What is the course approach

This event is a mixture of delivery and workshop sessions, delivered by an APMG MSP® approved trainer.  All trainers have practical experience of managing programmes.  Practical sessions are on an individual and team basis and feature throughout the event.  The examination is taken on day two and the results are usually available from the APM Group within six weeks.

Due to the intense nature of this course, delegates should plan to commit approximately 1 hour each evening during the course for study and review.


What examinations are taken on the course?

Advanced Practitioner Exam The 2½ hour MSP® Advanced Practitioner Exam consists of up to three compulsory questions from the syllabus.  The examination will be based on a complex scenario (MSP®Care) which will be issued as part of the pre-course materials and used during the training course.  Additional material in the form of reports, documents, statements, etc. may also be provided for analysis as part of an examination question. The examination is ‘open book’ and other material in the form of course notes, examples, copies of presentations, etc. can be used during the exam.

What does the course cover?


Delegates will be provided with a set of pre-course materials which includes the case study (MSP®Care) for the Advanced Practitioner Exam. Materials will include exercises and questions which will deepen the delegate’s knowledge of MSP® and allow the delegate to use their MSP® knowledge to explore the case study by drawing on their own experience. The outputs from these exercises will be used in the classroom event. Delegates will be expected to have completed at least 10 hours pre-course work for this event.


The structure of the course is intended to build on delegate’s existing MSP® Practitioner knowledge and experience as well as on their pre-course work. The course will cover all aspects of the MSP® Advanced Practitioner syllabus, and will include:-

  • Workshops and exercises which are intended to give delegates practical experience of applying MSP® using the MSP®Care case study.
  • Sample questions, to develop deeper understanding of MSP®, the MSP®Care case study, and prepare for the Advanced Practitioner exam.

What course materials are included?

Event Preparation CD

SPOCE's highly acclaimed event preparation CD is available to everyone attending this event. The CD includes the syllabus, candidate guidance, MSP® programme documents, and the MSP®Care Case Study. Delegates should spend approximately 10 hours studying this pre-course material in order to be well prepared for the course.

MSP Advanced Practitioner Event Preparation CD

Course Handouts

  • MSP® Advanced Practitioner Pre-Course Reading Guide - This provides clear direction to delegates on what to review from both the MSP® Manual and the Event Preparation CD. This is sent with your pre-course materials.
  • MSP® Advanced Practitioner Handout - Provided during the course, this handout includes the tasks used in the course.

Delegate Feedback

The following is a list of feedback comments from customers attending recent SPOCE courses.


"Julia was fantastic and went over configuration management again and again until I finally got it!! So thank you ever so much. This will really help me in my daily working life" Rachel Cough

"Excellent Trainer/Course/Hotel Facilities - Great Knowledge and presentation skills of the trainer - very Enjoyable Course" Leanne Preuss

"Richard is a fantastic trainer and I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks!" Res Sembi

"Trainer was faultless, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, thorough etc. I would recommend collagues to attend the course with this trainer in particular" Andrew Willis

"Enjoyed the way the course was delivered with respect to interaction of delegates" Jason Bennett

"Mike was excellent. I think i'd have been worn out by about 10am on Monday if I were him" Sally Ragret

"Richard made a complex subject clear and got us up to speed in 3 days!" Paul Curtis

"The course surpassed my expectations. I'll totally recomend it to my colleagues" Marjuh Hernandez

"The trainer was outstanding, imformative, helpful, well prepared, able to tailor the course to particular requirements, and had a sense of humour!" Saminia Khan


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