Course Introduction

The course helps the delegates to develop a strategic and standardized approach to produce business cases and apply the Five Case Model effectively to the development of a business case leading to value for money and informed decisions. The framework of Better Business Cases™ ensures that everyone involved in the Project or Programme has an understanding of recognised tools and techniques to make an effective and more successful Business Case. The Practitioner course enables the delegates to apply Five Case Model to a real project and become a business case professional. The Better Business Cases™ is based on The Five Case Model, and it provides a methodic approach to developing a business case, by:

  • Create a case for change
  • Set clear objectives
  • Ensure an optimal balance of cost, benefits and risk
  • Deliver the proposal successfully by putting the arrangement in place

What's Included

Find out what's included in the training programme.

Course Content

The knowledge of Better Business Cases™ is a great asset for managers at all levels in both public and private sector. Strategic, commercial, management, economic and financial are the key elements of the Five Case Model. By the completion of the course, the delegates will gain an understanding of the principles which are fundamental to Better Business Cases including quality analysis, governance and ownership, thinking not writing and alignment with management processes. The main focus of the Practitioner course is to ensure that the delegates have attained sufficient knowledge of the theory of the Five Case Model required to produce a strong and successful business case.

Better Business Cases™ Practitioner Examination

Details of the exam as follows:

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

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 delegates must have passed Better Business Cases™ Foundation exam before taking the Practitioner exam. However, some experience of producing business cases for large capital expenditure projects would be beneficial.

Who should attend this course?

  • Programme Directors and Senior Responsible owners who are responsible for the successful delivery of projects and programmes
  • Accounting Officers who are responsible for delivering public value
  • Managers and officers engaged in the scrutiny and review of investment proposals
  • Directors of Finance, planning and procurement accountable for the prioritisation of spending proposals
  • Project Team members and Project Managers responsible for delivering a business case for investment

What will you learn during the course?

  • Understand the importance of the Business Case
  • Analyse 'value for money' solutions
  • Establish the clear need for change
  • Understand how the proposal fits with the strategic vision of an organisation
  • Determine the affordability and viability of the proposal

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.