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BBCFP: Better Business Cases Foundation with Practitioner

Length: 5 Days

Better Business Cases (TM) is a systematic and objective approach to all stages of the business case development process that sits alongside, and complements, HM Treasury's Green Book guidance.

Delivery format(s)

This is an accredited APMG course held over five days including 2 days of foundation training followed by 3 days of practitioner training. It includes both the foundation and practitioner exams, catering (where live) and course materials.

Following a revision late 2016, the new syllabus is based on 2 new guides - the Better Business Cases International Guide to Developing the Project Business Case and Programme Business Case, both now 2018 versions (slight formatting updating just completed).

This course has been tailored to account for the slight differences in terminology and language used in NZ.

This class is delivered in partnership with CC Learning.


The course and examinations are based on The Five Case Model, a best practice approach to planning spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions, with variations mentioned above.  This provides a step by step guide to developing a business case, by:

  • Establishing a clear need for intervention - a case for change
  • Setting clear objectives - what you want to achieve from the investment
  • Considering a wide range of potential solutions - ensuring an optimal balance of benefits, cost and risk
  • Putting the arrangements in place to successfully deliver the proposal.

Foundation Course
The purpose of the foundation certification is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the guidance to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a team to develop to business case using the Five Case Model.

Exam Format

  • Multiple choice format
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book.

Practitioner Course

The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm whether you have achieved sufficient understanding of the theory and application of the Five Case Model to allow you to effectively develop and produce a business case. A successful Practitioner candidate should be able to start applying the model to a real project.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2 ½ hours duration
  • Open book exam (the Better Business Cases International Guide to Developing the Project Business Case and Programme Business Case guidances only).

Please note that there is preparatory work required before the course and homework each evening during the course.

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