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The systematic and objective approach to all stages of the business case development.

The Better Business Cases certification course and examination are based on The Five Case Model.

The Five Case Model is 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.

Certify your ability to:

  • Establish a clear need for intervention - a case for change.
  • Set clear objectives - what you want to achieve from the investment.
  • Consider a wide range of potential solutions - ensuring an optimal balance of benefits, cost and risk.
  • Put the arrangements in place to successfully deliver the proposal.

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What is APMG-International’s Better Business Cases?

Better 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.

How can I train for the Better Business Cases examination?

Training for our Better Business Cases examination is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International.

Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver APMG-International Better Business Cases training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination. APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

How do I sit the exam?

The vast majority of Better Business Cases accredited training organizations include the examination as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG-International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

How much does it cost to sit the Better Business Cases examination?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exam is generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting the exam at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exam is being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International service desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at: servicedesk@apmg-international.com

Are there any pre-requisites for the Better Business Cases examination?

There are no pre-requisites for the examination.

Which languages is the Better Business Cases examination available in?

The Better Business Cases examination is currently available in English only. Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.

What are the supporting publications for APMG’s Better Business Cases and where can I purchase them?

Training courses and examinations are based on The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach to planning spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions. The Five Case Model is available to download free of charge from the Welsh Government website.

The majority of Better Business Cases ATOs will include the publication as part of the course fee.

Which languages is the supporting publication available in?

The supporting publication is currently available in English only. Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.

How long will it take to learn the Better Business Cases material?

For individuals self-studying it is very difficult to say. As all candidates have different experience and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you review the guidance before deciding how long you need to spend learning.

For those studying with an ATO, Foundation courses are generally delivered over 1 day. It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

What is the structure of the Better Business Cases examination?

The Foundation level exam comprises: 

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

The Practitioner Exam comprises:

  • 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).

How long is the APMG Better Business Cases qualification valid for?

The Foundation qualification is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

When can I expect the results of my Better Business Cases examination?

Foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Official confirmation will follow from your ATO (or directly from APMG if you self-studied).

When will I receive my certificate?

Candidates will automatically be sent an electronic certificate within two business days of their exam results being released. If you have not received your certificate within this timeframe please contact our Customer Interaction Team - servicedesk@apmg-international.com

Electronic certificates are environmentally friendly, but can be printed if required. It is also very easy to share them with employers and other third parties. APMG will send you a link to your registered email address. This link will take you to your Candidate Portal where you will find your electronic certificate(s). You can always access all your electronic certificates using the APMG candidate portal.

Sometimes, if you have taken your examination(s) via a Training Organisation, certificates will be issued based on the preferences that the Training Organisation selected when booking the exam. The Training Organisation can select either an electronic certificate or both paper and electronic certificates are provided to the candidate. The Training Organisation can also choose if certificates are sent to the candidates directly or via the Training Organisation. If you have been awarded an electronic certificate but also require a hard copy certificate, you can always order a hard copy certificate for GBP 12.00. This is also the case if you re-order your hard copy certificate. If you would like to purchase a hard copy certificate in addition to your electronic certificate please contact our Customer Interaction Team - servicedesk@apmg-international.com

What is the pass mark for the Better Business Cases examination?

Candidates must achieve 25/50 (50%) to pass.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become an APMG Better Business Cases Approved Trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a Better Business Cases approved trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 66% (53/80) in the Practitioner exam.

How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email servicedesk@apmg-international.com noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise.

Can I use the APMG-International Better Business Cases logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the APMG Better Business Cases logo. This includes Better Business Cases ATOs accredited by APMG-International. The Better Business Cases logo is a Trade Mark of APMG-International and should not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license.

What companies use APMG’s Better Business Cases?

The Better Business Cases approach is currently popular in the UK and New Zealand public sectors. The scheme is relevant to all sectors though, and we anticipate growth in a range of industries as the scheme grows in popularity.

Are there any comparisons to alternative methods?

There are a number of training courses available on how to write business cases. Additionally, there are various professional bodies that run courses on topics such as investment appraisal (e.g. CIPFA accountancy body course). However, none of those that we have reviewed seem to be based on specific guidance or internationally recognized best practice.

How do I become a Better Business Cases approved trainer?

All Better Business Cases trainers must be "sponsored" by a Better Business Cases accredited training organization (ATO). Details of all Better Business Cases ATOs can be found here.

How does my organization become a Better Business Cases Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become a Better Business Cases ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG-International service desk or a regional APMG-International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.