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training courses

MSP® Foundation Course (3 days)

Interested in becoming MSP® certified?


MSP® is a globally recognised framework for best practice programme management. Programmes are temporary structures used by organisations to lead investments in change.

It is specifically designed to address the most common challenges that organisations encounter when leading investments in change. It is designed to align programmes and projects to organisational strategy and to provide governance. It focuses on the outcomes of benefits, whilst mitigating risks and actively engaging stakeholders.

The MSP® certification scheme has been developed to offer two levels of certification, Foundation and Practitioner. 

MSP 5th edition consists of a set of principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle and ensure successful organisational outcomes:

The 7 principles are the driving requirements that are continually required to achieve value from programme management. These principles are universal, self-validating, and empowering.

The 7 themes help organisations to identify key roles, responsibilities, and information needed to support the theme. The themes give very practical guidance illustrating how MSP can be used according to the reasons for a programme. These reasons, or drivers, include:

  • innovation and growth
  • organisational re-alignment
  • effective delivery
  • efficient delivery

The 7 processes provide a route through the lifecycle of a programme with an emphasis on the incremental nature of a programme enabling a cyclical progression towards the desired future state.

MSP 5th edition emphasizes more flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle and thus enabling organisational agility.

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This course is accredited by PeopleCert. The Foundation and Practitioner exams are available online after course attendance.

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Flexible Delivery

This course can be delivered virtually or face-to-face, depending on your chosen dates. Virtual lessons are delivered online using Zoom, allowing you to dial in remotely. Our virtual classrooms are designed to deliver a highly effective and comprehensive learning experience.

Course Outcomes

MSP 5th edition Foundation is for individuals that are interested in learning how to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully.

The course provides the theoretical knowledge of how to plan, manage, and deliver programmes from start to finish. It is designed to support programme or project managers, those working in a programme office, business change managers, and programme and project delivery team members, that wish to gain a greater understanding of the MSP guidance to work more effectively in large-scale project or programme environments.

MSP 5th edition Practitioner: for project, programme, and business change managers that want to build on their knowledge of MSP, in order to practically apply the MSP framework to real life scenarios, providing the skills to lead and manage a programme. It is a must-have certification for both project and programme management professionals to deliver organisational value to their employers and boost their careers.

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of how to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the MSP guidance
  • Achieve certification

MSP® & Swirl logo™ are registered trademarks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Ltd.  All rights reserved.

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"I would particularly like to give positive feedback about the facilitator who developed and personalised the slides from the basic level, and also gave copious personal and video examples. I really loved her teaching style and it made the course content so much more memorable.

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Successful Delivery

With sufficient practice and review, the participants should be able to apply MSP® to their own programme management environment


Flexibility to work with both ever-evolving solutions and those that are clearly defined in detail

Career Advancement

Career development through achievement of an internationally recognised qualification

Benefits Realisation

Enhanced competence of Senior Project Managers/Programme Managers who will be able to deliver programmes more successfully

Departmental Understanding

Greater understanding by Senior/Executive Managers of what it takes to manage a programme

Strategy Alignment

Ensure project outputs align to the realisation of benefits and achievement of strategic objectives

Recommended For

This course is recommended for a variety of roles including:

  1. Programme Managers

  2. Senior Project Managers

  3. Portfolio and Programme Management Office Managers

  4. Change Managers

  5. Managers from other disciplines wishing to develop an understanding of programme management

Not sure if this course is right for you? Contact us for a chat.

Course Content


  • Overview of Programme Management
  • MSP Principles
  • Organisation Theme
  • Design Theme
  • Justification Theme
  • Structure Theme
  • Knowledge Theme
  • Assurance Theme
  • Decision Theme
  • The Programme lifecycle

What’s Included

Professional Trainers

Delivered by an Accredited MSP® Training Consultant

Course Notes

MSP® Student Workbook


MSP® Practice and Online examinations

MSP® Handbook

We’ll provide you with your own copy of the MSP® textbook


For all courses delivered at a MetaPM training location light refreshments including food and drinks for morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Accredited Training Organisation

MetaPM is proud to be an Accredited Training Organisation of PeopleCert

Available Dates

MSP® Foundation (3 days)

durationAugust 22 - August 24
deliveryDelivery: Virtual or Face to Face
locationLocation: Online or Melbourne

MSP® Foundation (3 days)

durationNovember 21 - November 23
deliveryDelivery: Virtual or Face to Face
locationLocation: Online or Melbourne

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