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Better Business Cases™ Certification

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Better Business Cases LogoBetter Business Cases™ 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.

The course and examination are based on The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach to planning spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions. 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.

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Who is it for?

The course is relevant to those responsible for developing and producing spending proposals or their assessment and approval; in particular:

  • Accounting Officers - responsible for delivering public value;
  • Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Directors and Project Managers, responsible for successful delivery;
  • Directors of Finance, procurement and planning, responsible for the forward planning and prioritization of spending proposals;
  • Members of approvals and management boards with responsibility for scrutinizing or approving spending proposals.

Benefits for Individuals

  • An improved understanding of the Better Business Case process, relevant to both those responsible for producing business cases and those who approve them.
  • Understanding of an established and proven methodology which can be applied at both strategic (macro) and tactical (micro) levels.
  • Core business competency for any manager or director.

Benefits for Organizations

  • Reduce unnecessary spend and optimize public value.
  • Reduce consultancy costs.
  • Faster throughput and a clear, proportionate approval process.
  • Improve quality of decision making.

Foundation Level

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 a business case using the Five Case Model.

Exam Format

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

Practitioner Level

The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to confirm whether you have achieved sufficient understanding of the theory and application of the Five Case Model to allow them 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 (International Guide to developing the Project Business Case and International Guide to developing the Programme Business Case only).

Recommended Reading

The Guidance material is available to download free of charge from the Welsh Government website. Please note that both International Guides are currently only available as a Beta version.

View/download our Better Business Cases Certification Overview Leaflet.