Course Introduction

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner course introduces delegates to the philosophy and underlying rationale of the Five Case Model, business case types and their purpose, the requirement of the business case in the development of a spending proposal and development of the business case in relation to other best practice for project and programme management. The delegates will be able to recognise unnecessary spending immediately and improve decision making processes. Throughout the course, the delegates will learn to establish a clear need for intervention, set clear objectives, ensure an optimal balance of cost, benefits and risk by considering a wide range of potential solutions and successfully deliver the proposal. By the completion of the course, the delegates will be able to reduce unnecessary spend and consultancy costs, improve quality of decision making and optimise public value.  


What's Included

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Course Content

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner course provides a thorough understanding of the five case model and relationships between the five cases. Gain essential skills required to apply the Five Case Model effectively to the development of a business case. During the five days course course, the delegates will learn the types of Business Cases, the importance of the Business Case, five Case Model and thorough understanding of the better business case process and methodology which can be applied at tactical and strategic level.      

Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner Exam

Better Business Cases™ Foundation Level

  • Total 50 questions
  • 40 minutes long
  • Multiple choice questions
  • 50% Pass mark
  • Closed book exam

Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Level

  • Open book exam
  • Objective testing
  • 5 hours duration
  • 4 questions per paper
  • 50% Pass mark

Overview of Five case model

The module provides delegates with the knowledge of projects and capital expenditure. The individual five cases will be discussed in detail and explain how these five cases interact to form a cohesive whole.

  • Importance of the business case
  • Business cases types
  • Understand Business Case process

Developing the Strategic Case

  • Explain the case for change
  • How to set SMART objectives
  • Analyse benefits
  • Determine key risks
  • Optimal balance of efficiency, effectiveness and economy

Developing the Economic Case

  • Options framework analysis
  • Explain the ‘long list’
  • Describe Benefits appraisals
  • Describe Risk appraisals
  • Turning the 'long list' into a 'short List' and a 'preferred option'

Developing the Commercial Case

  • Explain the procurement strategy
  • Apportioning risk
  • Describe payment mechanisms

Developing the Financial Case

  • Determining affordability
  • Determining capital requirements
  • Securing relevant funds
  • Explain net effect on prices

Developing the Management Case

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



Delivery Methods


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What are prerequisites for attending this course?

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner course has no pre-requirements. However, the experience of producing business cases for large capital expenditure projects would be beneficial.

Who should attend this course?

  • Project/programme sponsors/directors who are responsible for the successful delivery of projects and programmes
  • Managers and officers engaged in the scrutiny and review of investment proposals
  • Accounting Officers who are accountable for delivering public value
  • Directors of Finance, Planning and Procurement responsible for the forward planning and prioritisation of spending proposals
  • Project managers and team members who develop a business case for investment as part of their job

What will you learn during the course?

  • Understand the importance of the Business Case
  • Establish the clear need for change
  • Determine 'value for money' solutions
  • Consider such aspects as Risk, Procurement, Benefits and Management
  • Understand how the proposal fits with the strategic vision of an organisation
  • Set clear objectives
  • Discover whether the proposal is affordable and viable

What time shall I arrive at the venue?

Please arrive the venue at 8:45 am as our training sessions are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How can I find more information about the course?

Please send us an e-mail on or contact us on 0800 781 0626 for more information.