Better Business Cases

Better Business Cases™ – Foundation

Training to increase the skills of those involved in preparing or reviewing business cases.

About this Course

Better Business Cases™ is an initiative from HM Treasury and Welsh Government that aims to increase the skills of those involved in preparing or reviewing business cases.

The Better Business Cases™ training is made up of two parts, the “Foundation” and “Practitioner” levels. They are examined against HM Treasury’s Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model.

You must successfully complete the Foundation level before attempting the Practitioner level.

Foundation level

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation level offers a comprehensive introduction to developing a business case using the ‘Five Case Model’ and HM Treasury’s guidance.

Through tips and advice on good practice, pitfalls to avoid, mock exam questions, case studies and examples, you will gain:

  • insight into developing an effective business case that has public value at its core
  • the ability to better scope and plan investment decisions
  • the skills to develop a robust framework for transparent decision-making and quality spending proposals
  • a recognised qualification to relevant standards.

Who is the course aimed at?

The Foundation level is aimed at everyone who needs an overall understanding of the process and who will be developing business cases, including:

  • decision-makers and Senior Responsible Owners with responsibility for the successful delivery of programmes and projects
  • programme and project managers, project team members and their specialist advisers
  • those involved in the scrutiny and review of business cases.

Course outline

Day 1

  • The need for the HM Treasury’s guidance
  • The Better Business Cases™ Model
  • Developing iterative business cases
  • Strategic Outline Business Case
  • Outline Business Case

Day 2

  • Full/Final Business Case
  • Examination preparation
  • Examination
  • Final plenary

Learn online or in the classroom

We offer a range of choices for completing the Foundation level:

  • You can take part in one of our open courses being held at locations around the UK. To find a course near you and to book a place, click on the green ‘Search course calendar’ button on this page.
  • You can complete the course online by visiting:
  • Or you can arrange to have the course delivered in-house at your location. This is especially cost-effective if you’re interested in training a number of people. It also means we can tailor the content to your needs, if required. For more information, contact us at:


  • Open course: two days
  • E-learning: one and a half days


The Foundation level is assessed via a 40 minute closed-book multiple choice examination, administered by CIPFA and externally marked.


On successful completion of the Foundation examination, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate from the accrediting body, APMG.


  • Open course: 14 CPD hours 
  • E-learning: 12 CPD hours 


  • Open course: £795 +VAT per delegate
  • E-learning course: £395 +VAT per delegate

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

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