This formal APMG certification for the official "Better Business Cases" methodology is highly valued by professional project managers, their employers and their clients. Projects running in the Public Sector are particularly likely to incorporate the Better Business Case approach. It is the best-practice standard of the UK Government.
Many projects run with an optimistic Business Case, often poorly written, and organisations are spending money that may well not give them the return they expected. In our post-recession world, where the focus is increasingly on showing value for money, the Better Business Cases methodology is a great way to ensure everyone involved in the Project has an understanding of proven tools and techniques to make a stronger and more successful Business Case.
This Better Business Cases course and examination are based on The Five Case Model. 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.
Together with the practice exams (also included), this package provides everything you'll need to fully prepare for the Better Business Cases exam.
Upon completion of the training you can sit the Better Business Cases Foundation exam which leads to an internationally recognised qualification (fully accredited by the Better Business Cases Certification Body, APMG International). The exam is included in the price. You'll receive your exam booking code and booking instructions by email when the course is added to your account.
The purpose of the foundation certification is to confirm that you have 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.
- Online from your PC or laptop (webcam required) or paper-based at selected exam centres (see below).
- Multiple choice format
- 50 questions per paper
- 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
- 40 minutes duration
Alternatively, the paper-based exam can be taken in exam centres around the UK (centres in London, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Chester and York). You will need to show photo ID (passport or driving licence).
You should provide at least 2 weeks' notice to book your exam, and allow 3 to 5 working days to receive your joining instructions.