MSP® Advanced Practitioner Certification - Programme Management

To find out more about the latest version of MSP, see our MSP 5th Edition section.

Purpose of the Advanced Practitioner Certification

The purpose of the MSP® Advanced Practitioner certification is to determine whether you can lead and manage a programme of transformational change. That is, whether you can apply the MSP guidance in a complex programme within an environment that uses MSP.

MSP Advanced Practitioner training

You can self-study for the MSP Advanced Practitioner certification or you can take a training course with an AXELOS Accredited Training Organization (ATO). ATOs set their own rates, so prices will vary.

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  • To take the MSP Advanced Practitioner examination, individuals must hold a current MSP Practitioner certificate.

Booking an Exam where prerequisites apply

Please ensure that before you book an exam where a prerequisite is required, that you hold verified proof of completion of that prerequisite (i.e. certificate, or letter from AXELOS or former Examination Institute confirming you hold a current certification). Your examination results will be withheld until the correct prerequisite is provided to PeopleCert. If you are unable to provide the required prerequisite, then you will need to successfully complete the prerequisite before the higher-level exam result is released.

Target Audience

The MSP Advanced Practitioner certification is appropriate for a variety of roles, including (but not limited to), SROs, programme managers, BCMs, those appointed to lead a portfolio or programme support function, and other programme support and management professionals.

Examination Format

  • Essay-based
  • Two questions per paper, 75 marks available in total
  • 38 marks required to pass - 50%
  • Three hours’ duration
  • Open book exam. Candidates may use the official printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Programmes Guide. The manual may be annotated and tabulated but no sticky notes and loose leaf papers containing additional notes will be allowed.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus, from 13 April 2020 to 30 June 2021 individuals are now permitted to print PDFs for exams and use PDFs or official e-books on a second e-device (portable digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) during open book exams.

Certification Expiry Date

The MSP Advanced Practitioner certification will expire after 5 years. In order to maintain your qualification and ensure there are no gaps in your Advanced Practitioner status, you can either retake the MSP Advanced Practitioner Re-Registration Exam before the expiry date or maintain your certification through CPD points and a digital badge. If you choose to follow the CPD route you will need to purchase a subscription to My MSP which costs £50 + VAT per year.

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To find out more about the latest version of MSP, see our MSP 5th Edition section.

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