Better Business Cases™

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Our Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner course is accredited by APMG

Online Instructor-led (5 days)

Classroom (5 days)

Online Self-paced (40 hours)

Official APMG Better Business Cases™ Foundation Exam

Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

  • Why Better Business Cases?
  • Case for a Business Case
  • Project Success or Failure?
  • Putting the Right Foot Forward
  • Public Sector Delivery
  • What is a Project?
  • What is a Programme?
  • Links to Recognised Best Practice Programmes and Project Management Methodologies
  • Programme or Project?
  • Types of Programme
  • Alignment with Strategic Planning
  • Importance of the Business Case using the Five Case Model

Module 2: Five Case Model

  • Overview of the Five Case Model
  • Importance of the Business Case using the Five Case Model
  • Strategic Case
    • Demonstrates
    • Challenges
  • Contents of the Strategic Case
  • Economic Case
    • Demonstrates
    • Challenges
    • Contents of the Economic Case
  • Commercial Case
    • Demonstrates
    • Challenges
    • Contents of the Commercial Case
  • Financial Case
    • Demonstrates
    • Challenges
    • Contents of the Financial Case
  • Management Case
    • Demonstrates
    • Challenges
    • Contents of the Management Case

Module 3: Programme and Project Business Case

  • Advantages of the Programme Business Case
  • Advantages of the Project Business Case
  • When Should a Business Case be Developed?
  • Planning for Spending Proposals
  • Key Steps in Developing the Programme Business Case
  • Project Business Case Development Process

Module 4: Determining the Strategic Context and Undertaking the Strategic Assessment

  • Overview
  • Strategic Assessment
  • Related Activities
  • Stages of Business Case Development
    • Strategic Outline Case
    • Outline the Business Case
    • Full Business Case
  • Development of the Business Case
  • Business Justification Case
  • What is Programme Assurance?
  • What is Project Assurance?
  • Responsibility for Producing the Business Case

Module 5: Making the Case for Change

  • Agree on Strategic Context
  • Determine Spending Objectives, Existing Arrangements, and Business Needs
  • Generic Drivers for Spend
  • Determine Potential Business Scope and Service Requirements
  • Determine Benefits, Risks, Constraints, and Dependencies
  • Each Spending Objective

Module 6: Exploring the Preferred Way Forward

  • Agree Critical Success Factors (CSFs)
  • Determine Long List Options and SWOT Analysis
  • Options Framework
  • Using the Options Framework
  • Drafting the Long List
  • Recommended Preferred Way Forward
  • Complete the Strategic Outline Case

Module 7: Determining Value for Money (VFM)

  • Project Level Business Case
  • Revisit the Short-List
  • Prepare the Economic Appraisals for Short-Listed Options
  • Relevant Costs for Economic Appraisals
  • Estimating Benefits for the Economic Appraisals
  • Valuing Costs and Benefits
  • Presenting the Economic Appraisals
  • Undertake Benefits Appraisal
  • Undertake Risk Appraisal
  • Select the Preferred Option and Undertake a Sensitivity Analysis
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Final Selection of the Preferred Option

Module 8: Preparing for the Potential Deal

  • Determine Procurement Strategy
  • Determine Service Streams and Required Outputs
  • Outline Potential Risk Apportionment
  • Outline Potential Payment Mechanisms
  • Pre-Delivery Phase
  • Operational Phase
  • Extension Phase
  • Ascertain Contractual Issues and Accountancy Treatment

Module 9: Ascertaining Affordability and Funding Requirement

  • Prepare Financial Models and Financial Appraisals
  • Financial Modelling
  • Impacts to Consider
  • Assessing Affordability
  • Closing Affordability Gaps

Module 10: Planning for Successful Delivery

  • Plan Programme or Project Management
  • Programme Roles
  • Programme Plan
  • Project Plan
  • Use of Specialist Advisers
  • Plan Change Management and Contract Management
  • Plan Benefits Realisation
  • Benefits Resister
  • Plan Risk Management
  • Risk Register
  • Plan Programme/Project Assurance and Post Project Evaluation

Module 11: Procuring the VFM Solution

  • Revisit the Case for Change
  • Revisit the OBC Options
  • Detail Procurement Process and Evaluation of BAFOs

Module 12: Contracting for the Deal

  • Set Out the Negotiated Deal and Contractual Arrangements
  • Set Out the Financial Implications of the Deal

Module 13: Ensuring Successful Delivery

  • Finalise Project Management Arrangements and Plans
  • Finalise Change Management Arrangements and Plans
  • Finalise Benefits Realisation Arrangements and Plans
  • Finalise Risk Management Arrangements and Plans
  • Finalise Contract Management Arrangements and Plans
  • Finalise Post Project Evaluation Arrangements and Plans
  • Review the Business Case: SOC, OBC, and FBC
  • Steps and Actions for Preparation of Programme and Project Business Cases

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Who should attend this Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Course?

This Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Course is beneficial for individuals who wish to learn the fundamentals of Business Case Management and how to apply the Better Business Case methodology. This training course is beneficial for these professionals:

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Finance Professionals
  • Change Managers
  • Compliance Officers

Prerequisites of the Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Course

There are no formal prerequisites for the Foundation section of the course. However, to continue to the Practitioner section of the course, candidates must successfully pass the Better Business Cases™ Foundation Examination.

Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Course Overview

This 5-day Better Business Cases™ Foundation and Practitioner Course will enable individuals to plan, initiate, and deliver a comprehensive business case - through ensuring that the Government’s best practice guidelines are followed to elevate the probability of investment. Candidates will learn how to tailor the guidance to answer potential doubts that investors have about a business case and reduce unnecessary resource consumption through developing a thorough planning proposal. This is a combined course, during which candidates will receive training at the Better Business Cases™ Foundation level, followed by training at the Practitioner level.

Better Business Cases™ is a strategic and systematic approach to developing a business case that is comprehensive, accurate, and portrays the value of a change to prospective investors. Following the HM Treasury’s Green Book Guidance, in accordance with The Five Case Model, the course delineates the constituents that contribute to a persuasive business case, including comprehending the strategic, management, commercial, economic, and financial case, and of how to deliver such a case.

The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach, will help to establish a clear step-by-step operation to developing a business case, from making intervening decisions, to planning spending proposals. The purpose of the Better Business Cases™ Foundation element is to enable individuals to effectively work with, or as a member of, a team to develop a business case using the Five Case Model.

In addition, the Better Business Cases™ Practitioner course element enables candidates to develop a sufficient level of knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the guidance, and the ability to apply such knowledge to develop a comprehensive business case. Upon completing the Foundation and Practitioner course, a candidate will be able to start applying the model to a genuine business case development project.

On this Better Business Cases™ course, individuals will learn about:

  • Justifying the requirement for the intervention - a change case
  • Goal setting and creating clear objectives - what you want to achieve from the project using the investment
  • Offering suggestions and considering a wide range of potential solutions - ensuring a balance of benefits, cost, and risk to ensure return on investment
  • Planning, initiating, and delivering a business case proposal

The following pre-course reading will be e-mailed to you as a PDF document. Please ensure you have the right software available to read/extract a PDF file. The pre-course reading takes 8-10 hours to perform and consists of the following:

  1. Better Business Case® Workbook Pre-course study
  2. Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model

In addition, delegates will be required to complete a MINIMUM of 1 hour of homework each evening.

Better Business Cases™ is a trademark of Her Majesty's Treasury. All rights reserved.

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What's included in this Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Training Course?

  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation Examination
  • Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation Certificate
  • Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Better Business Cases Foundation Exam Information

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation exam certifies an individual's grasp of the Better Business Cases™ methodology for business case development. based on the five case model, it ensures projects offer value for money and strategic alignment. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice  
  • Total Questions: 50   
  • Total Marks: 50 Marks   
  • Pass Marks: 50%, or 25/50 Marks  
  • Duration: 40 Minutes  
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

Better Business Cases Practitioner Exam Information

The Better Business Cases™ Practitioner exam delves into advanced Better Business Cases™ methodology, equipping learners with skills to craft and evaluate strategic, value-focused business cases. 

  • Question Type: Objective Testing  
  • Total Questions: 4 (each question is worth 20 marks) 
  • Total Marks: 80 Marks   
  • Pass Mark: 50%, or 40/80 Marks 
  • Duration: 2 ½ hours 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Open Book

Benefits of online exams include:

  • Proven higher pass rates
  • Quicker Results
  • Save Travel Costs
  • Flexibility
  • Convenient
  • Sit your exam at your home, office, or work when you are ready

After completing classroom training and successfully passing your Foundation Exam, the second day of this course is a flexible exam preparation day to complete at your convenience to prepare you to take and pass your Practitioner exam online.

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

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accredited by

Our Better Business Cases™ Foundation course is accredited by APMG

Online Instructor-led (3 days)

Classroom (3 days)

Online Self-paced (24 hours)

Official APMG Better Business Cases™ Foundation Exam

Better Business Cases™ Foundation Course Outline

On this Better Business Cases™ Foundation course, individuals will learn about:

  • The Five Case Model
  • Justifying the requirement for the intervention
  • Goal-setting and creating clear objectives
  • Offering suggestions and solutions to potential issues
  • Ensuring a balance of benefits, cost, and risk
  • Planning and contributing to a business case proposal
  • Strategic Outline Programme (SOP) for policy, regulation, and grants programmes
  • The Business Case Development from the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) to the Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Full Business Case (FBC) for major projects
  • Business Justification Case (BJC) for minor spending proposals
  • The 10 step delivery process
  • The key roles in the business case development

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Who should attend this Better Business Cases™ Foundation Course?

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation Course is designed for individuals who wish to learn the principles and concepts of Business Case Management. This training course is especially for professionals like:

  • Aspiring Project Managers
  • Current Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Finance Professionals
  • Change Managers

Prerequisites of the Better Business Cases™ Foundation Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, it is suggested to have a basic knowledge of Project Management and Change Management concepts.

Better Business Cases™ Foundation Course Overview

This 3-day Better Business Cases™ Foundation Course will enable individuals to plan and contribute to the development of a business case that adheres to the Five Case Model - the HM Treasury’s best practice guidance. Whilst elevating the probability of investment through developing a thorough justification, candidates will learn how to tailor the guidance to answer potential doubts that investors have about a business case and ensure functionality.

Better Business Cases™ is a strategic, methodic, and standardised approach to developing a business case that is comprehensive, accurate, and portrays the value of a change to prospective investors. Following the HM Treasury’s Green Book Guidance, in accordance with The Five Case Model, the course delineates the constituents that contribute to a persuasive business case, including comprehending the strategic, management, commercial, economic, and financial case.

The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach, helps to establish a clear step-by-step operation to developing a business case, from making intervening decisions, to planning spending proposals. The purpose of the Better Business Cases™ Foundation course is to enable individuals to contribute to a team developing a business case using the Five Case Model. Upon the completion of this 3-day Foundation course, a candidate will possess a comprehensive awareness of the steps required to develop a business case, from a theoretical stance.

The following pre-course reading will be e-mailed to you as a PDF document. Please ensure you have the right software available to read/extract a PDF file. The pre-course reading takes approximately 8-10 hours to perform and consists of the following:

  1. Better Business Case®  Workbook Pre-course study
  2. Green Book Guidance On Public Sector Business Cases Using The Five Case Model

Better Business Cases™ is a trade mark of Her Majesty's Treasury. All rights reserved.

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What's included in this Better Business Cases™ Foundation Training Course?

  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Better Business Cases Foundation Exam Information

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation exam certifies an individual's grasp of the Better Business Cases™ methodology for business case development. based on the five case model, it ensures projects offer value for money and strategic alignment. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice  
  • Total Questions: 50   
  • Total Marks: 50 Marks   
  • Pass Marks: 50%, or 25/50 Marks  
  • Duration: 40 Minutes  
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

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accredited by

Our Better Business Cases™ Practitioner course is accredited by APMG

Online Instructor-led (2 days)

Classroom (2 days)

Online Self-paced (16 hours)

Official APMG Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Exam

Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course Outline

On this Better Business Cases™ Practitioner course, individuals will learn about:

  • Better Business Cases™ overview
  • Importance of the business case
  • Types of Business Cases
  • The Five Case Model
  • Business Case Development Process
  • Setting SMART objectives exercise
  • Identifying the high level of risks/benefits exercise
  • Preparing the SOC
  • Identifying CSFs exercise
  • PPM, Gateways, and workshops
  • Mitigating common causes of failure
  • Preparing the Outline Business Case
  • Identifying and assigning benefit criteria exercise
  • Multi-Criteria Analysis exercise
  • Preparing the Economic Appraisals
  • Preparing and interpreting the economic appraisal exercise
  • Identifying and apportioning risks exercise

*After completing 1 day of classroom training and successfully passing your Foundation Exam, the second day of this course is a flexible exam preparation day to complete at your convenience in order to prepare you to take and pass your Practitioner exam online.

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

Benefits of online exams include:

  • Proven higher pass rates
  • Quicker Results
  • Save Travel Costs
  • Flexibility
  • Convenient
  • Take your exam at your home, office, or work when you are ready

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Who should attend this Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course?

The Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course is for individuals who have already completed the Foundation Course and want to learn how to apply the principles of Business Case Management in real-world scenarios. This training course is especially beneficial for these professionals:

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Finance Professionals
  • Procurement Professionals
  • Change Managers

Prerequisites of the Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course

As a prerequisite of this course, delegates must have passed the Better Business Cases™ Foundation Examination and gained the associated certificate.

Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course Overview

This 2-day Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Course will enable individuals to plan, initiate, and deliver a business case that adheres to the Five Case Model - the HM Treasury’s best practice guidance. Whilst elevating the probability of investment through developing a thorough justification, candidates will learn how to tailor the guidance to answer potential doubts that investors have about a business case, and ensure functionality of proposed operations.

Better Business Cases™ is a strategic, methodic, and standardised approach to developing a business case that is comprehensive, accurate, and portrays the value of a change to prospective investors. Following the HM Treasury’s Green Book Guidance, in accordance with The Five Case Model, the course delineates the constituents that contribute to a persuasive business case, including comprehending the strategic, management, commercial, economic, and financial case.

The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach, helps to establish a clear step-by-step operation to developing a business case, from making intervening decisions to planning spending proposals.

The purpose of this Better Business Cases™ Practitioner course is to develop a candidate's ability to deliver a comprehensive business case, through encouraging the acquisition of expansive knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the guidance. Upon the completion of this Practitioner course, a candidate will be able to start applying the model to a real business case development project.

This Better Business Cases™ Practitioner training course is fully accredited by APMG, a world-leading examination and accreditation institution.

The following pre-course reading will be e-mailed to you as a PDF document. Please ensure you have the right software available to read/extract a PDF file. The pre-course reading takes approximately 8-10 hours to perform and consists of the following:

  1. Better Business Case®  Workbook Pre-course study
  2. Green Book Guidance On Public Sector Business Cases Using The Five Case Model

Better Business Cases™ is a trademark of Her Majesty's Treasury. All rights reserved.

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What's included in this Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Training Course?

  • Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Better Business Cases Practitioner Exam Information

The Better Business Cases™ Practitioner exam delves into advanced Better Business Cases™ methodology, equipping learners with skills to craft and evaluate strategic, value-focused business cases. 

  • Question Type: Objective Testing  
  • Total Questions: 4 (each question is worth 20 marks) 
  • Total Marks: 80 Marks   
  • Pass Mark: 50%, or 40/80 Marks 
  • Duration: 2 ½ hours 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Open Book

Benefits of online exams include:

  • Proven higher pass rates
  • Quicker Results
  • Save Travel Costs
  • Flexibility
  • Convenient
  • Sit your exam at your home, office, or work when you are ready

After completing classroom training and successfully passing your Foundation Exam, the second day of this course is a flexible exam preparation day to complete at your convenience to prepare you to take and pass your Practitioner exam online.

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

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Better Business Cases™ FAQs

Better Business Cases™ is a structured and logical approach used to justify the initiation of a business proposal or case.
Yes, all of our Better Business Cases™ training courses are accredited by APMG.
Yes, the exams are included within the course fee. They are scheduled to be taken on the final day of the respective course.
The structure of the exams are as follows: Better Business Cases™ Foundation; 50 Multiple Choice Questions, 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%, 40 minutes duration, and Closed book. Better Business Cases™ Practitioner; Objective testing, 4 questions per paper, 20 marks available per question, 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%, 2 ½ hours duration, and Open book exam.
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for Better Business Cases™.
The training fees for Better Business Cases™ in the United Kingdom starts from £3295.
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