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APMG-International Better Business Cases™

Course type:
Classroom
Duration:

3 days

Delivery:
Classroom
Optional add-ons:
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APMG-International Better Business Cases™ Foundation and Practitioner classroom

According to recent research, many projects commence with an optimistic business case which is often poorly written. This results in organisations spending money that may well not give them the return they expect or want. In our post-recession world, the focus is increasingly on showing value for money. Understanding the proven tools and techniques to make a stronger and more robust business case is a critical part of organisational and project success.

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.

Course overview

About the course

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

This is a five-day course leading to the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner examinations

The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm that a candidate has 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 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 them to effectively develop and produce a business case. A successful Practitioner candidate should be able to start applying the model to a real project.

You must have passed the Foundation qualification in order to sit the Practitioner examination.

What's covered?

By the end of the Foundation course you should understand the structure and key terminology of the model, specifically:-

  • The philosophy and underlying rationale of the Five Case Model
  • The different types of business case, their purpose, who is responsible for them and when they are required in the development of a spending proposal
  • The development of the business case in relation to other recognised and recommended best practice for programme and project management

By the end of the Practitioner course you should be able to apply and understand how to tailor the Five Case Model effectively to the development of a business case within an organization environment supporting the approach, specifically:

  • Understand the development lifecycle of a business case and the relationships between the five cases
  • Be able to apply the steps in the business case development framework, in order to support the production of a business case, using the Five Case Model, for a given scenario

Duration

Five days

Target audience

This qualification is aimed at anyone involved with, or overseeing, a project to understand the work that is necessary to prove a case for investment within the public sector. This includes:

  • Senior responsible owners (SROs), programme directors and other directors with responsibility for the successful delivery of programmes and projects
  • Project managers, project team members and specialist advisers tasked with delivering a business case for investment
  • Officers involved in the scrutiny and review of investment proposals

Pre-requisites

The format of the Foundation exam is as follows:

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

You must have passed the Foundation qualification in order to sit the Practitioner examination.The format of the Practitioner exam is as follows:

  • 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 and a half hours duration
  • Open book exam (international guide to developing the project business case and international guide to developing the programme business case only).

What's included?

Materials

This is an intensive five-day instructor-led classroom course, providing all you need to pass the APMG-International Better Business Cases™ Foundation and Practitioner examinations including:

  • All accompanying course material
  • The cost of the APMG-International Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner exams

Refreshments will also be provided throughout the duration of your training.

Exam information

Exam format

The format of the Foundation exam is as follows:

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

You must have passed the Foundation qualification in order to sit the Practitioner examination.The format of the Practitioner exam is as follows:

  • 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 and a half hours duration
  • Open book exam (international guide to developing the project business case and international guide to developing the programme business case only).