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Course type: Virtual
Duration: Two days
Delivery: Virtual
Included: MSP Practitioner Exam
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MSP® 4th Edition Practitioner virtual

Our virtual MSP Practitioner course offers the experience of a classroom environment but from the comfort of your own home — teaching you how to deliver transformational change in your organisation, through multiple projects in a programme.

Please note : This course is aligned to MSP 4th Edition 

About the course

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) guidance explains the programme management principles, governance themes and transformational flow that should be applied to the management of programmes or transformational change in any environment.

The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to determine whether you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to apply it to your own work and, therefore act as an informed member of a programme management team — someone responsible for managing, leading, supporting or advising on work within an MSP environment.

What is virtual training?
Virtual training incorporates both the personal teaching experience of a classroom, with the ease and flexibility of a virtual environment. Our virtual courses are interactive and engaging, allowing participants to communicate with both the instructor and each other in a collaborative manner. Please review our FAQs for more information relating to virtual learning, including the technical specifications.



This is an intensive two-day course that prepares you for the MSP Practitioner examination. The training is conducted via a virtual training environment. You need to ensure that you can satisfy the technical requirements that can be found on our website. In addition, whilst attending your course, there will also be some examination preparation evening work.


You must have passed the MSP 4th Edition Foundation exam prior to undertaking the MSP 4th Edition Practitioner exam.

Learning objectives

You need to exhibit the competences required for the Foundation qualification and show that you can apply them to the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within a programme environment. Specifically, you should be able to:

  • Identify additional value as a result of managing the described change as an MSP programme
  • Explain and apply each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes and their activities
  • Explain the relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes, the transformational flow, programme information (documents) and the MSP defined programme management roles
  • Produce and evaluate examples of MSP programme information (documents)
  • All accompanying course material
  • The cost of the MSP Practitioner examination (must be taken online via remote proctor within 12 months of purchase)
  • Online pre-course

Optional extra:

  • Official MSP manual

You will require a copy of the official MSP manual for the MSP Practitioner course and exam. This is not included in the cost of the course. Should you wish to purchase the manual you can add it to your shopping cart once you have selected your chosen date.



For last-minute bookings (10 working days or less before start date), you will be issued with digital materials – this will include all accompanying course materials (usually a workbook) and a manual, if this is included as part of your purchase.

The course materials will be provided in a PDF format and available for download via our virtual platform on the first day of the course. You will need to download and save the materials to your device, so that you can annotate them during the training course.

If you would like to add a manual to your order, this will be sent as a PDF/eBook via email from TSO Customer Services (customer.service@tso.co.uk), and will only be compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. Therefore you will need to have this installed on your device.

If you would like to receive a physical copy of the manual, please get in touch with a member of our team, and they will talk you through your options.

What's covered?

This course includes, but is not limited to:

  • Introduction and principles
  • Governance themes
  • Transformational flow processes including:
    • Identifying the aim of the programme and envisaged benefits to the organisation
    • Defining the programme and specifying how the organisation will be different afterwards
    • Managing the tranches to establish and run the programme
    • Delivering the capability to monitor and coordinate the projects
    • Realising the benefits to embed the change through adequate transition activities
    • Closing the programme and ensuring the ‘end goal’ has been achieve

Target audience

This course is aimed at any organisation or individual seeking to understand and adopt a controlled approach to running and controlling its programmes, in particular:

  • Programme managers
  • Senior Managers who will ‘sponsor’ the change
  • Operational Managers charged with embedding the change in their area
  • Operational staff undertaking a role in the programme or related projects
  • Programme office staff (PMO) wishing to build upon their project management knowledge
  • Experienced Project Managers
  • Those seeking a professional qualification in programme management

A concentrated course that requires you to complete mandatory online pre-course study, which is designed to take approximately 6–8 hours to complete. Full instructions with a link to the online pre-course will be issued within 48 hours of your confirmed booking.

Review the technical requirements for the online pre-course learning here.

Exams are taken online via remote proctor. Two weeks prior to course commencement, ILX will arrange for an exam voucher to be issued. You then have a choice, you can either:

  • Book a suitable time after your virtual classroom event has finished to undertake your exam,


  • We currently allocate exam time within the virtual classroom event. So that you can book directly, we will advise you of recommended exam timings as part of the candidate guidance — this is issued three weeks prior to course commencement

Note: You are responsible for booking your own exam. You must pass Foundation prior to taking the Practitioner examination.

Exam format

  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions per paper
  • 50% pass rate (40/80)
  • 2½ hours duration
  • Open book (only the MSP guide is allowed)

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