MSP® method is owned by the UK Government (Cabinet Office) who have contracted the APM Group to accredit and administer the syllabus and examinations.
MSP® qualifications use a two-tier structure, MSP® Foundation and MSP® Practitioner level certification.
MSP® Practitioner Exams
A prerequisite for sitting this exam is that the delegate must have sat and passed the MSP® Foundation Exam.
The Exam aims to assess whether the candidate would be able to apply (Competency – Application, Analysis Evaluation) MSP® to the management of a project within a MSP® environment.
On exhibition of the competence required to satisfy the Foundation qualification, the delegate has to show they have the ability to apply and tailor MSP® to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.
This is a 2 and half hour (150 minutes) objective test format examination. It is an open-book exam, which allows the candidate to refer to the official MSP® manual during the exam.
The Practitioner exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct.
The exam will consist of 8 main questions each of 2 to 4 parts, with 10 marks per question, totalling 80 marks. The pass mark is 44 (55%).
A full MSP® Practitioner simulation is available within the eLearning package which provides samples of the scenario, question styles and formats and provides a safe and encouraging environment to test and reform your understanding of the method.
On passing the Practitioner Exam, your name will be entered onto a register of successful MSP® Practitioners.
To remain on the register, you will need to show continued competence in MSP® by passing a re-registration examination every 3-5 years.
MSP® Re-Registration Exams
The Registered Practitioner qualification is valid for 5 years. Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 years of their original certification in order to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.
The Re-registration exam follows the same format as the Practitioner exam but the Question Booklet contains three questions, giving a total of 30 marks, to be answered within one hour. The re-reg exam pass mark is 17 (55%).
Each question will test one of the syllabus areas. All other guidance above on the MSP® Practitioner Exam is also applicable to Re-registration examinations.