Learn how to introduce, apply & adapt MSP® within an organisation


Helping you achieve successful outcomes from transformational change

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) consists of a structured framework for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to improve practices, offer better services and more effectively prepare for the future. It is a proven programme management best practice leading to the successful delivery of transformational change.

MSP® consists of a set principles, governance themes and a transformational flow to provide the route map for the programme lifecycle. It is very flexible and can be to tailored to serve the needs of any circumstances.


Who is MSP® for?

MSP® is addressed to:

  • Programme managers
  • Project managers
  • Project delivery managers and team members
  • Business change managers and team members
  • Anyone who works following the MSP guidance


MSP® benefits for the professional

  • Shows you how to manage programmes through programme management best practice and deliver transformational change successfully
  • Helps you achieve successful outcomes from transformational change
  • Proves your expertise and know how


MSP® benefits for the organisation

  • Applies a common framework for all programmes
  • Adds value by concentrating on benefits
  • Helps the alignment of corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and business-as-usual environment
  • Improves productivity through progress monitoring, performance assessment and benefits realisation
  • Assists in future strategies refinement by encouraging feedback
  • Offers best practice guidance to all organisations of any type or size


MSP® Certification levels

The MSP® qualification comprises of different levels of certification:

MSP 5th edition Foundation

MSP 5th edition Practitioner

MSP® Frequently Asked Questions

MSP® Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take MSP® classes remotely?

Yes. Some accredited training providers offer virtual classrooms and e-learning.

Which exams are available online?

All MSP® exams are available online.

Which exams do not need to go through a training provider and allow me to self-study?

You can take any of the MSP exams either after having attended classes through an accredited training organisation or after self-study.

How long does the exam take?

Exam times vary depending on the level. Check each level separately to find out exam duration.

Are the exam questions multiple choice, essay style or both?

All MSP exams are multiple choice, apart from the Advanced Practitioner exam, which is essay based and the Advanced Practitioner Re-registration, which is a dissertation.

When will I receive the mark from my exam?

For computer based exams, preliminary exams are available immediately after the exam has finished and are subject to final verification from PeopleCert. For paper based exams, results are sent within 2 days upon receipt of the exam papers.


I recently passed the MSP® Foundation exam through PeopleCert and I have received my certificate. Is there a specific logo that I have rights to use in my communications?

Any individual who would like to include information on their MSP certification on a business card needs to take note of the following:

An AXELOS Trade Mark logo (e.g. the MSP® Swirl) cannot be used on business cards as they advertise a person/company and not the associated product.

An AXELOS word mark can (e.g. MSP®) be used on a business card as long as the correct symbology is used. For example: Joe Bloggs MSP® Accredited Trainer


Where practical (if it can be included legibly) the Trade Mark acknowledgement statement should also be shown. For example: Joe Bloggs MSP® Accredited Trainer MSP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.


I am a MSP Practitioner. Do I need to re-register?

All MSP Practitioners need to be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification.

In what languages are MSP exams available?

MSP exams languages are available in a variety of languages. Please check each module separately to find out the available exams.