Better Business Cases™ Foundation

Why should I take the Better Business Cases Foundation course?

The 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 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:

  • Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Directors and other Directors with responsibility for the successful delivery of programmes and projects.
  • Project Managers, Project Team members and specialist advisers tasked with delivering a business case for investment.
  • Officers involved in the scrutiny and review of investment proposal

What is included:

The course includes:

  • 3-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 exam + Certificate
  • 24 PDUs if you are a PMP

What will I learn:

  • The philosophy and underlying rationale of the Five Case Model.
  • The different types of business case, their purpose, who is responsible for them and when they are required in the development of a spending proposal.
  • The development of the business case in relation to other recognized and recommended best practice for programme and project management.

What are the course prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. You need to complete about 1 hour of study before the course. We’ll provide all the reading materials you need to get prepared before you come to class.

What are the course contents:

This is the APMG-International Better Business Cases Foundation course. It covers the Better Business Cases syllabus to Foundation level.

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


Which exam is included in this course?

This course includes the Better Business Cases Foundation exam.

Better Business Cases Foundation exam

The Better Business Cases Foundation exam is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of Better Business Cases

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

When is the exam taken?

Your Foundation exam is taken on Wednesday afternoon.

How does the course prepare me for the Better Business Cases Foundation exam?

The course follows the official Better Business Cases Foundation syllabus. The accredited training materials are cross referenced to areas of the exam so that you are fully prepared. During the course, you practice with the latest exam papers from APMG-International.

Do I need ID for the Better Business Cases exam?

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 Foundation qualification last?

The Better Business Cases Foundation qualification is permanent.

What happens if I don’t pass the Better Business Cases Foundation 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 around. Do the work, read the book and you will be okay. The immediate retake is there as a safety net if you need it.

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

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


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 -> Wednesday: 8.30 AM to 4:30 PM

How do I prepare for Better Business Cases training?

You have about 1 hour of preparation to do before you attend the Better Business Cases Foundation course. Before the class, we will send you the official guide. During the pre-course, you read key chapters. Even if you don’t 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.

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 24 PDUs at the PMI for the Better Business Cases Foundation course. (9 Technical PDUs, 5 Leadership PDUs, 10 Strategic PDUs).

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