BETTER BUSINESS CASES FOUNDATION AND PRACTITIONER

Why should I take the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner course?

Your Business Case is the most important document in your project.  It sets out WHY your project is worth doing and WHAT benefits it will deliver. Better Business Cases training helps you justify your spending proposals using an officially approved process.


Better Business Cases (BBC) is a systematic and objective approach to develop the business case.  It sits alongside the HM Treasury’s Green Book guidance.  The syllabus is based on the Welsh Government's Five Case Model and the publication ‘Delivering Public Value from Spending Proposals Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Businesses Cases Using the Five Case Model’ which works with Green Book guidance.  BBC is already in use with the UK, Welsh and New Zealand Governments.

Who should attend this class?

The Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner training is designed for anyone with a role in ensuring that the organization makes best use of investments by maximizing the benefits from projects, programs and the portfolio. This will include:

  • Program and project managers
  • Business case developers and analysts
  • PMO teams in Portfolio, Program or Project offices
  • Accountants or Financial Advisors
  • Business Analysts
  • Directors of Finance and Procurement and Planning

What is included?

The course includes:

  • 5-days classroom training from a Better Business Cases Approved Trainer
  • Official manual: "International Guide to developing the Project/Program Business Case" (Electronic version)
  • Accredited course material including sample exam questions
  • Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exams + Certificate
  • 28 PDUs if you are a PMP 

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be ready to:

  • Explain the importance of the business case and the types of business case
  • Apply the Five Case model.
  • Fit with best practice assurance and approvals.
  • Take and pass the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exams

What are the course prerequisites?

There are no course prerequisites in terms of experience and you do not need to show a record of work in management. You need to complete about 10-20 hours of study before the course. We'll provide all the reading materials you need so you will be well prepared before you come to class.

What are the course contents?

This is the full APMG Better Business Cases course. It covers the full Better Business Cases syllabus to Practitioner level and includes sample exams.

Key Learning Points

Understanding Better Business Cases

  • Why is the business case important?
  •      8 common causes of project failure 

5 Types of Business Case you can use

  • Strategic Outline Programme 
  • Strategic Outline Case 
  • Outline Business Case 
  • Full or Final Business Case
  • Business Justification Case

Applying the 5 Case Model

  • Strategic Case - is it applicable?
  • Economic Case - is it appropriate?
  • Commercial Case - is it attractive?
  • Financial Case - is it affordable?
  • Management Case - it is achievable?

How BBC works with Best Practice

  • Project and programme management 
  • Gateway review process

Practical exercises and discussions

  • The Strategic Outline Programme for policy, regulation and grants programmes 
  • How to develop the business case from Strategic Outline to Full Business case
  • Using the Business Justification Case for minor spending proposals

Better Business Cases exams

  • Sample Foundation and Practitioner exams
  • Exam tips and technique

EXAMS

Which exams are included in this course?

This course includes the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exams .

Better Business Cases Foundation exam

This is your first Better Business Cases exam designed to test your knowledge and understanding of Better Business Cases

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • Closed book exam
  • 40-minute duration
  • 50% needed to pass - 25 correct marks

Better Business Cases Practitioner Exam

Your second Better Business Cases exam tests your ability to apply the Better Business Cases guidance to a realistic scenario. You are required to show that you can analyze situations and make decisions using the standard appropriately. You must pass the Foundation exam to sit the Practitioner.

  • 5 Objective Testing style questions with 20 points per question. A total of 80 marks are available
  • Open book exam, but only the International Guide to developing the Project/Program Business Case can be used
  • 2.5-hour duration
  • 50% needed to pass - 40 correct marks

When are the exams taken?

Your Foundation exam is taken on Wednesday afternoon. Your Practitioner exam is taken on Friday morning.

How does the course prepare me for the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exams?

The course follows the official Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exam syllabus. The accredited training materials are cross referenced to areas of the exams so that you are fully prepared. During the course, you practice with the latest exam papers written by APMG. Day 4 of the course is dedicated to practicing for your Practitioner exam and our expert trainer will guide you through a series of exercises and discussions to get you ready for the exam itself.  

Do I need ID for the Better Business Cases exams?  

You must bring photographic ID with you. A driver's license or passport is fine. A work ID, with photograph, is also acceptable.

How long does my Better Business Cases qualification last?

The Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner qualifications are permanent. You will receive a lifetime certificate.

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What happens if I don't pass a Better Business Cases exam?

If you don't pass your Better Business Cases Foundation exam you can retake a different paper immediately. All our exam packs include spare papers so you can re-take the test the same day. But relax: most people pass Foundation level exams first time round. Do the work, read the book and you will be OK. The immediate retake is there as a safety net if you need it. If you don't pass the Practitioner you will find this out by email a few weeks after taking the class. We'll send you your score and a question by question breakdown of your paper. You can retake the Practitioner exam at the next class or online for an additional fee.

Can I just take the Better Business Cases exams with you?

Sorry, no. We are an Accredited Training Organization for Better Business Cases so we are not permitted to offer just exams.

FAQS

Where is the class held?

Our courses are held at quality downtown venues in all major Canadian cities. You will be close to transport links and parking.

What are the class hours?

  • Monday -> Thursday: 8.30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • On Friday, the Practitioner exam is taken at 8h30 AM.

How do I prepare for Better Business Cases training?

You have about 10-20 hours of preparation to do before you attend the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner course.  Before the class, we will send you the official manual as well as Reading List and sample exam questions.  It seems a lot at first but the more work you can do in advance of the course, the better.  Even if you don’t 100% understand things before you come along – don’t worry.  If you’ve done the work, our trainers are experts in Better Business Cases. We’ll get you understanding the method in no time at all.

Can I split the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner course?

Yes. You have a busy schedule so 5 days out of office may not be possible. Also, you may prefer to take the Foundation first, apply some of your new knowledge and then come back and upgrade to Practitioner. We don't charge you extra if you book the course as one event, but take it on two different occasions.

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 28 Technical PDUs at the PMI for the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner course