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APMG Better Business Cases™ Foundation

Course Overview

Change initiatives often fail at the first sign of a problem, usually because the business case fails to convince senior management that it is a change that will benefit the business and offer a return on investment.

One of the best ways around this issue is to present an effective business cases and spending proposal, which will help you secure funding and Stakeholder buy-in within the business.

The APMG Better Business Cases Foundation training course has been developed around Five Case Models, which are the UK government’s best practice approach to developing spending proposals.

Earning your APMG Better Business Cases Foundation certificate, will help you:

  •    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.

If you're also looking to earn your Practitioner certificate, why not consider our AMPG Better Business Cases Foundation & Practitioner training package.

This course benefits from our Exam Pass Guarantee*.

Key features

  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Accredited by APMG
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Accredited by APMG
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*

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Why study the Better Business Cases Foundation course with e-Careers? 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 625,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training.

By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates. 

You will also benefit from:

  •    Exam Pass Guarantee*.
  •    Fast-track your learning with our Virtual Classroom course.
  •    Enhance your career prospects.
  •    Learn from expert trainers, with vast experience in this field.
  •    We offer interest-free payment options.

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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 Better Business Case Foundation 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 Cases 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 Foundation Syllabus

Learning Outcome

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.


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 Foundation Exam Details

Foundation Exam Format

Exam Format - Multiple-choice.

Duration – 40 minutes.

Number of questions - 50.

Pass Mark – 25/50 (50%).

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