Better Business Cases™ Foundation & Practitioner

Give your project and change initiatives the best chance of success with our Better Business Cases certification.

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Better Business Case is a systematic and objective approach to all stages of the business case development process.

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

The model 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.

Better Business Cases™ is a trade mark of Her Majesty's Treasury. All rights reserved.


Benefit 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 your Organisation

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

Our Better Business Cases certification is aimed at individuals involved with, or overseeing, projects including:

  • Project/programme sponsors/directors and others with responsibility for the successful delivery of programmes and projects
  • Project managers and team members tasked with developing a business case for investment
  • Those involved in the scrutiny and review of investment proposals

There are no prerequisites for the Foundation component. However, you must pass the Foundation to attend the Practitioner component

If you have received your Better Business Cases™ Foundation certification with an alternate training provider, please contact us prior to registering for Better Business Cases™ Practitioner.

About the Exam

Foundation exam

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. The exam will be held at the end of day 2.

Exam Format

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


Practitioner exam

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 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. The exam will be held on Day 5.

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).

Our Better Business Cases™ Certification course prices are:

  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation - $1,795.00 excl GST
    2 day course including exam and a copy of the official guidance Business Cases™ Manual
  • Better Business Cases™ Foundation and Practitioner - $3295.00 excl GST 
    5 day course including the exams and a copy of the official guidance
  • Better Business Cases™ Practitioner only - $2295.00 excl. GST (please contact us for this option)
    3 day course including the exam 

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