When will the changes come into effect?
The MSP qualifications were updated and re-written in line with the release of the updated MSP Guide published by TSO in September 2007.
Why have the MSP qualification names been changed?
The MSP qualifications were updated and re-written in line with the release of the updated manual published by TSO in September 2007. As the manual was being refreshed, the examinations themselves had a major update to both content and style. Those within the MSP community have suggested that ‘Intermediate’ was not an appropriate name for the examination and so APMG took the opportunity of the launch of the update manual and exams to implement the changes to the names of the qualifications.
What have the names been changed to?
- MSP Foundation is still called MSP Foundation.
- MSP Intermediate has been changed to MSP Practitioner.
- MSP Practitioner has been changed to MSP Advanced Practitioner.
Has the level of the examinations changed?
No. The examinations are still aimed at the same level and require the same knowledge and
application of MSP as they did prior to the release of the new manual. All that has changed with
the examinations is that they have been updated and re-branded to contain the information from
the refreshed manual and their names have been changed, i.e. an old manual Intermediate
qualification is the equivalent of the new manual Practitioner qualification.
What happens if I have already gained an MSP qualification?
You will maintain your current qualification, but in line with the new naming structure, APMG will
update all our websites, including the successful candidate register, to show the qualification you
hold under the new name. If you wish to update your CV and any other marketing material then
you may do this with the name changed as appropriate.
So my qualification name will automatically be up-graded on the website, what if I want a new certificate?
APMG will not automatically be issuing new certificates to show the name change on them. If
you would like one of these, they are available to order from APMG at a cost of £15 + VAT. If you
would like to order a certificate, please email the service desk on firstname.lastname@example.org
detailing your name, address, date of exam, candidate number and training organisation you sat
the exam with (if applicable).
Do I still have to complete the exams in ‘order’?
Yes, the Foundation examination must be passed prior to the Practitioner examination being
taken. Likewise, the Practitioner examination must be attempted prior to the Advanced
Practitioner examination being taken.
Will qualifications gained under the previous names still provide exemptions for the new exams?
All current qualifications will be accepted as an exemption to next level as required for the new
name qualifications, i.e. a candidate who holds the Foundation and Intermediate qualification will only have to take the Advanced Practitioner (if they wish to) and not re-sit the new manual
Foundation and Practitioner papers.
Will the style of the new qualifications change?
The Foundation examination will not change in the style or format. The paper will remain a
simple multiple choice style, closed book examination consisting of 50 questions to be completed
within 40 minutes. Candidates need to achieve a mark of 25+ to pass the paper.
The Practitioner examination has been changed to an objective marking style, closed book paper: The paper consists of 8 questions, each ten line items long, with a 50% pass mark (40 marks out of a possible 80). The exam is 2.5 hours long.
The Advanced Practitioner examination will remain an essay based, open book paper. The paper
will consist of up to 3 questions with a total of 75 marks available to be completed within 2 hours.
Candidates need to achieve a mark of 38+ to pass the paper.
What does objective marking mean?
Objective marking is an advanced type of multiple choices testing where candidates have to
demonstrate understanding and application to be able to arrive at their answer. It has been
developed based on the ‘Blooms Taxonomy’ model of questioning which an internationally
recognised question method is used for examinations.
Will sample examination papers be available?
Yes, sample examination papers are available for all examinations. They will be distributed to
you either when booking onto an open centre examination or through one of our ATOs.
Will I get feedback from the examinations?
If you are not successful when taking the examination at either Practitioner or Advanced
Practitioner Level, you will be provided with feedback regarding the areas you need to revise for
I have all the MSP examinations I wish to hold, do I need to re-take any examination?
You do not have to re-sit any examinations. If you would like to take a refresher course to
understand the changes between the versions then some ATOs will offer this, but this is an
optional course and there is no obligation from APMG for any further study or examination to be
Where can I find more information about the changes to the manual?
Further information about the changes to the MSP Manual can be found on the official MSP website at
When is the last date that I can take examinations based on the old manual?
APMG will offer examinations based on both the old and new manual at open centre
examinations and via our ATOs until 1st March 2008. After this date, all examinations will be
issued against the new manual content and new style examinations.
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