Better Business Cases E Learning


Event summary

Better Business Cases™ is an initiative from the UK Government that aims to increase the skills of those involved in preparing or reviewing business cases. The Better Business Cases™ Foundation e-learning offers a comprehensive introduction to developing a business case using the ‘Five Case Model’ and is delivered via CIPFA’s virtual learning environment.

The advertised cost includes the examination fee.

Thanks to UK Government funding, we are able to offer full bursaries for delegates from Local Authorities in England (limited places to the end of March). To find out more or book your place, please contact


CIPFA E-Learning

Standard price

£450.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The Better Business Cases™ Foundation e-learning covers exactly the same content as the face-to-face Foundation course, including tips and advice on good practice, pitfalls to avoid, mock exam questions, case studies and examples. You must successfully complete the foundation level before attempting the practitioner level.

All the learning materials are accessed through CIPFA's digital learning platform, giving you the flexibility of learning anywhere at your own pace and at a time of your choosing. You will have access to the learning materials for 12 months.

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 projectsprogramme and project managers, project team members and their specialist advisersthose involved in the scrutiny and review of business cases

Course outline

  • The need for the HM Treasury's guidance
  • The Better Business Cases™ Model
  • Developing iterative business cases
  • Strategic outline business case
  • Outline business case
  • Full/final business case
  • Examination preparation
  • Examination


You will be given access to the e-learning for 12 months, and you must book and take the exam within that 12 month window. The learning itself should take 12-14 hours to complete. This includes:

three to four hours of self-paced learning per e-learning session
time for reading the associated learning materials, including case studies and examples, and the online examination


The foundation level e-learning is assessed via a 40 minute closed-book multiple choice examination delivered via a third party exam platform. You can book your exam with CIPFA when you are ready.


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


The foundation level e-learning costs £450.00 +VAT. This includes:

all course materials
on-line examination fee
assessment, marking and moderation

This course carries 12 CPD hours

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

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