MSP® Foundation

  • For aspiring and practising Programme Support staff and Programme Managers
  • Specialise in the leading Programme Management framework built on best practice in the UK and globally
  • Enhance your confidence and skills to become a robust, effective Programme Professional
  • Qualify and validate your skills with the support of expert Tutors, Study Coaches, and Recruitment Advisors

    MSP® Foundation

    Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)® can be likened to a film director: just as a film director oversees all aspects of production from scene to scene and through to the final product, the MSP® certification oversees all aspects of project and programme delivery to ensure it meets the desired outcomes.

    The MSP® Foundation certification will equip you with the knowledge you require in order to successfully manage, deliver, and realise the benefits of programmes. If you would like to ensure you possess all the skills needed to effectively manage a programme, this is the certification for you!

    Once completing your MSP® Foundation, you will benefit from progressing to the MSP® Practitioner if you are working in varied programme environments to validate your skills as a flexible, credible Programme Professional.

    What’s included?

    • Consultation with a Career Consultant to corroborate your course choice
    • Unlimited, 3-month access to the MSP® Foundation Course
    • Official MSP® Foundation Exam
    • The MSP® 5th Edition Foundation Core Guidance eBook with your exam purchase
    • Certified Tutor to provide assistance with course queries
    • Access to a full Support Team for assistance with examination, notes, and study queries
    • 1 months’ free subscription to MyAxelos filled with industry news, case studies, exam preparation materials, tools & templates, and digital badges
    • A professional, Project Management-oriented CV rewrite
    • A LinkedIn profile overhaul to maximise your new networking opportunities

    Certification: MSP® Foundation

    Vendor: PeopleCert on behalf of Axelos

    Course prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisites to study this qualification

    Study time: 20 – 30 hours

    Key learning objective: You will learn about the principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle, including larger, more strategic, complex, or multiple projects.

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    Certification details

    ITonlinelearning is a verified PeopleCert & Axelos Accredited Training Organisation (ATO), which means that this certification has been rigorously assessed and approved to meet industry standards.

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    MSP® Foundation

    What You Will Learn

    Managing Successful Programmes serves as a guide of best practice in programme management. This Foundation certification provides the framework from which strategic outcomes can be formed, helping the organisation to realise critical benefits!


      This module provides an overview of the concepts, principles, and benefits of programme management, including the definition and purpose of programmes, the different types of programmes, and the key roles and responsibilities of programme managers.

      Organisation & Leadership

      This module covers the organisational structures and leadership styles that are most appropriate for different types of programmes. It also covers the importance of effective governance and the role of governance bodies in programme management.

      Processes & Products

      This module covers the different stages of the programme life cycle, including initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling, and closing. It also covers the different types of products and deliverables that are produced during each stage of the programme life cycle.

      Stakeholder Management & Communication

      This module covers the importance of effective stakeholder management and communication in programme management. It includes information on how to identify and engage stakeholders, how to manage their expectations, and how to communicate effectively with them throughout the programme.

      Programme Planning & Control

      This module covers the techniques used for planning and controlling programmes, including work breakdown structures, critical path analysis, and earned value management. It also covers the importance of monitoring and controlling programmes, including the use of performance metrics and the management of change.

      Business Case Management

      This module covers the importance of creating a robust business case for a programme, including how to identify and evaluate the benefits, costs, and risks associated with the programme.

      Benefits Management

      This module covers the importance of benefits management in programme management, including how to identify, plan for, and realise the benefits of a programme.

      Risk Management & Issue Resolution

      This module covers the importance of risk management in programme management, including how to identify, assess, and manage risks throughout the programme life cycle. It also covers the importance of issue resolution, including how to identify, prioritise, and resolve issues that arise during the programme.

      Quality Management

      This module covers the importance of quality management in programme management, including how to establish quality standards and how to monitor and measure the quality of products and deliverables.

      Mock Exam Simulator

      This module provides a simulated exam environment that allows learners to test their knowledge and prepare for the MSP Foundation certification exam.

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      Certified Tutors

      Our certified Tutors are there to assist you with course questions, exam queries, and revision so you have all the support you need to ace your exams.

      Study Coaches and Mentors

      Your Study Coach and Mentor is dedicated to guiding and supporting you throughout your journey by providing motivation, encouragement, and monitoring progress.

      Experienced Recruitment Advisors

      Your Recruitment Advisor will provide you with the tools you need to succeed, like an industry-oriented CV, Linkedin profile overhaul, and exclusive resources.

      Speak to a Career Consultant

      We care about your career success.

      Trying to determine the best course of action for your development journey can be a daunting process – but we’re here to help! Let us carry out an appraisal of your skills and goals to corroborate the best route for you.

      Career and Progression Prospects

      Project Management is used in a plethora of sectors, but here are a few roles you’re qualified to explore with this certification:

      Programme Manager

      Programme Support Officer

      Programme Assistant

      Assistant Programme Manager

      Programme Administrator

      Operations Manager

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      Projecting Your Salary

      We want to help you achieve the best outcome in your studies so that you can flourish in your selected development pathway.

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      Junior Programme Manager

      £49.9K /

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      Programme Manager

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      Senior Programme Manager

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      Managing Successful Programmes/MSP® Foundation
      Frequently Asked Questions

      You have questions, and we have all the answers

      Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is a programme management methodology that provides a framework for managing programmes effectively. It outlines a series of steps, processes, and best practices to ensure that programmes are aligned with business objectives, deliver benefits, and achieve the desired outcomes. MSP® is perceived to be a holistic process; you might use MSP® to plan and coordinate a series of related projects or initiatives that aim to achieve a strategic goal.

      MSP® Foundation is targeted at anyone who manages programmes, or anyone looking to be a part of a Programme Team. It’s key for other staff involved in the design, development, and delivery of programmes, too.

      The MSP® Foundation certification is assessed and awarded by means of an examination. This exam comprises of 60 multiple choice questions (meaning you will have to select your answers from the options you are provided with). Your exam will be 60 minutes long, and you will be required to score 60% (36 out of 60) or higher in order to pass. This is a closed-book exam.

      This certification serves as an introduction to the MSP® framework and will essentially validate your knowledge and understanding of the MSP® so that you are able to work with, or as part of, a programme management team in a large-scale project environment. It will enhance your coordination, adaptability, communication, and management skills.

      As of 2023, PeopleCert Best Global Practice certifications need to be renewed after 3 years of having obtained your qualification. This is to ensure your certification remains in line with current best practices within your industry.