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Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner

Course Overview

Change initiatives can frequently fail at the first hurdle, typically because the business case fails to convince senior management of a return on investment. By creating effective business cases and spending proposals you can secure funding and management buy-in from Senior Managers and Stakeholders within the business.

This APMG Better Business Cases Virtual Classroom training course has been developed around the ‘Five Case Model’, which is the UK government’s best practice approach to developing spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions.

Earning your APMG Better Business Cases training course, will help you to:

  •    Understand and apply the philosophy of the Five Case Model to business cases and other spending proposals.
  •    Understand different types of business cases, their purpose, who is responsible for them and when they are required.
  •    Understand the development lifecycle of a business case and the relationships between the five cases.
  •    Develop effective business cases and spending proposals that appropriately scope the initiative and secure funding and management support.

While this training package is the best way to study both the Foundation and Practitioner levels, you can take these courses individually, through our AMPG Better Business Cases Foundation training and AMPG Better Business Cases Practitioner training course. 

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Accredited by APMG
  • Join a community of over 615,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Accredited by APMG
  • Join a community of over 615,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
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Why study the APMG Better Business Cases course with e-Careers? 

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  •    Exam Pass Guarantee*.
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  •    Enhance your career prospects.
  •    Learn from expert trainers, with vast experience in this field.
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How does the Exam Pass Guarantee work?

We have found our Virtual Classroom training has provided higher pass rates, which has made us confident to offer an Exam Pass Guarantee, so you know we’ll support you until you are certified.

With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you do not pass the exam after attending this training course with us, you will be eligible to attend the same training again for free.

All we ask is that you:

  •    Attend all class days and complete all assignments
  •    Take the exam within 30 days of completing your Virtual Classroom training
  •    Request your course re-enrolment within 30 days of the failed exam attempt

Please Note:

Students retaking the course are required to use the materials and books distributed to them in their original course session. Failure to provide these materials will result in the student being charged for replacement materials.

*Exam Pass Guarantee does not include the resit exam; this would need to be purchased at an additional cost.

Is the APMG Better Business Case course suitable for me?

If you are currently working as or looking to train to become one of the below, this course will be beneficial for you.

  •    Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), including 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 proposals.


There are no prerequisites to enrol onto the Foundation course, but you will need to pass your Foundation exam to be able to enrol onto the Better Business Practitioner training course.

What jobs can I apply for after my APMG Better Business Case training?

We find that delegates typically are currently working in, or plan on a career in the following job roles:

  •    Project Team Member - £35k
  •    Project Manager - £45k
  •    Senior Responsible Manager - £46k
  •    Systems Owner - £47k
  •    Programme Director - £100k

(Source: Glassdoor)

APMG Better Business Case Syllabus

Learning Outcome

Foundation Level

Throughout this training course you will 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.

Practitioner Level

Throughout this training course you will learn:

  •    The development lifecycle of a business case and the relationships between the five cases.
  •    How to apply the steps in the business case development framework, to support the production of a business case, using the Five Case Model, for a given scenario.

APMG Better Business Case Syllabus

Five case model Overview

Developing the Strategic Case

  •    Defining the case for change
  •    Setting SMART objectives
  •    Defining benefits
  •    Defining key risks
  •    Balancing Effectiveness / Economy / Efficiency

Developing the Economic Case

  •    Options framework analysis
  •    Defining the 'long list'
  •    Benefits appraisals
  •    Risk appraisals
  •    Turning the 'long list' into a 'short List' and a 'preferred option'

Developing the Commercial Case

  •    Determining the procurement strategy
  •    Apportioning risk
  •    Determining payment mechanisms

Developing the Financial Case

  •    Ascertaining affordability
  •    Securing relevant funds
  •    Determining capital requirements
  •    Net effect on prices

Developing the Management Case

  •    Defining project management controls
  •    Defining change controls
  •    Define benefit measurement arrangements
  •    Define risk management arrangements
  •    Define post project evaluation processes

APMG Better Business Case Exam Details

Foundation Exam Format

Exam Format - Multiple choice

Duration – 40 minutes

Pass Mark – 25/50 (50%)

Open book – No 

Practitioner Exam Format

Exam Format - Multiple choice

Duration – 2 ½ hours

Pass Mark – 40/80 (50%)

Open book – Yes (International Guide to developing the Project Business Case and International Guide to developing the Programme Business Case only).

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