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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) represents proven good practice in the successful delivery of transformational change 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 Managers
  • Programme Office.

MSP framework

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:

MSP Principles. These are derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any transformational change.

MSP Governance Themes. These define an organisation's approach to programme management. They allow an organisation to put in place the right leadership, delivery team, organisation structures and controls, giving the best chance for success.

MSP Transformational Flow. This provides a route through the lifecycle of a programme from its conception through to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits.


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Also available as 5-day combined Foundation/Practitioner course or 3-day Foundation module on its own.

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 into practice
  • Effectively control the start, progress and closure of a programme
  • Integrate the MSP Governance Themes and Transformational Flow 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
  • Conduct a programme Health Check
What You Get
  • Official MSP textbook Managing Successful Programmes
  • Official Foundation Certificate exam
  • Comprehensive course workbook
  • A3 MSP Process & Flow Charts

Who should attend

The MSP Foundation course module is appropriate for:
  • Senior Executives
  • Programme Sponsors
  • Programme Managers
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme and Project Management Consultants

The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme, or act as an informed member of a Programme office team, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

Course contents

Day 1

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to programme management
  • Recognising a programme
  • Programme Management Principles
  • Governance Themes overview
  • Identifying a programme

Day 2

  • Defining a programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability

Day 3

  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing the programme
  • Practice Foundation exam
  • Facilitator led study
  • MSP Foundation Examination

Course fees


Fees A$ per person

  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Course & Exam (3 days)
  • $1680 + gst
  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner Course & Exam (2 days)
  • $1590 + gst
  • MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Combined with Exams (5 days)
  • $2620 + gst

What you get:

  • Official MSP textbook Managing Successful Programmes
  • Official Foundation Certificate exam
  • Comprehensive course workbook
  • A3 MSP Process & Flow Charts
  • Held in quality CBD hotel with full catering including sit-down lunch each day


There are no prior prerequisites.

However, achievement of the MSP Foundation Certificate is an essential pre-requisite to achieve the MSP Practitioner Certificate. This is included on day 3 of the course.

Exam Format

  • Multiple choice questions
  • 75 questions per paper with one mark available per question
  • Five questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 marks available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes’ duration
  • Closed book.