Better Business Cases™ Foundation

Helping you to develop a systematic and objective approach to creating business cases, leading to informed decisions and value for money

About the programme

If you develop or review business cases, HM Treasury is recommending that you are accredited on the Better Business Cases™ programme which has been jointly developed by HM Treasury and the Welsh Government.

This course and exam provides you with Foundation stage accreditation on the HM Treasury ‘Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases using the Five Case Model’. It is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.

Who is the course aimed at?

Decision makers, managers, business case developers and project managers and teams.

What will I learn?

Through reference to the Five Case Model, HM Treasury’s ‘Green Book’ and a range of exercises and case studies, you will understand how to address the following key questions:

  • is there a compelling case for change?
  • does the preferred investment option optimise value for money?
  • is the proposed deal commercially viable?
  • is the spending proposal affordable?
  • how can the proposal be delivered successfully?

These learning outcomes will lead to better informed decisions and value for money through:

  • a structured way of thinking
  • a step-by-step approach
  • a way of working together
  • a way to bring convergence, coherence and cohesion.

Duration and mode of delivery

Two days of face-to-face training culminating in the Foundation exam.

The Foundation exam is a multiple choice, closed book exam lasting 40 minutes. There are 50 questions and 25 marks (50%) or more are required to pass.

We are now delighted that we can provide our best practice guidance and the Foundation exam through eLearning.


When you successfully complete the Foundation course, you'll receive accreditation from APMG.

When and where?

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK.

For more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on 020 7543 5600 or by email to

For date and location details of Better Business Cases training, please search our accredited training calendar.

If no dates are currently scheduled, please contact to discuss future dates or having the course delivered in-house.


£795 +VAT per delegate (open course only)

Better Business Cases is a trade mark of Her Majesty’s Treasury’


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