BCS Professional Certificate in Benefits Planning and Realisation

3 days


This course is intended to enable business analysts to understand the lifecycle, activities and techniques used in the definition, planning and realisation of business benefits.

The business benefits are identified and predicted to result from the introduction of business and information system changes. Understanding how to manage benefits in order to enable their realisation is critical for business analysts working in all aspects of the business change lifecycle.

Key areas of the course include:

  • The context for benefits management
  • A process/lifecycle for benefits management
  • The benefits dependency network
  • Building the business case
  • Stakeholders and the change process, including owners for the change and the benefits
  • Implementation of the benefits management lifecycle
  • Examination on the afternoon of day 3

Please do note that the course timetable is designed to include coverage of new content up to around mid-afternoon on day 3. Delegates should be prepared to spend around 1 -2 hours per evening on homework and revision activities. This may include activities set by the instructor as appropriate.



This certification is relevant for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the process and techniques used to plan, manage and realise business benefits which are predicted to result from business change initiatives. This certification is particularly relevant for business analysts, project managers, programme managers and business managers.

Note that if you are intending to work towards the BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis then you must already have the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Skills Gained

  • Recognise the context for benefits management and define a process for benefits management
  • Identify organisational drivers
  • Identify and classify business benefits
  • Construct a benefits dependency network
  • Build a business case and undertake an investment appraisal
  • Recognise the need for stakeholder and change management
  • Explain the task needed to implement a benefits management approach
  • Predict future issues in benefits management


Prerequisites for Benefits Planning and Realisation:

  • It is recommended that delegates should have completed, or have knowledge to the level of, the BCS International Business Analysis Diploma or the BCS Solutions Development Diploma, before attempting this course
  • This 3-day specialist course leads to the BCS Professional Certificate in Benefits Planning and Realisation.
  • An understanding of projects and change management activities would be useful but is not essential.

Prerequisites for including this course as part of the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis:

This course is one of the 4 BCS professional certificates offered by CourseMonster which can be combined and lead to the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

If you are planning to work towards obtaining the Advanced Diploma then you must already hold the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and provide further evidential criteria, see below for details.

How do you obtain the Advanced Diploma?

Anyone who holds the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis can begin working towards the BCS Advanced Diploma. There are three elements to be achieved in order to be awarded the Advanced Diploma:

  • Gain certifications in four subject areas across three skill domains
  • Provide evidence of a minimum of five years' experience in business analysis
  • Provide evidence of engaging with the BA community.

Exam Requirements

BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise CourseMonster and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. CourseMonster Exam Administration

Course Outline

The context for benefits management

  • Issues with the delivery of IT and benefits realisation
  • Characteristics of a benefits management approach
  • Value proposition and value chains

The benefits management lifecycle - overview

  • Identify and structure benefits
  • Plan benefits realisation
  • Execute the benefits plan
  • Review and evaluate the results
  • Establish the potential for further benefits

The benefits dependency network

  • The why - Identify business and organisational drivers
  • Investment objectives
  • The what - Business benefits and owners
  • The how - the benefits dependency network

Building the business case

  • The rationale
  • Analysing and describing benefits : Observable, Measurable, Quantifiable, Financial
  • Investment appraisal, risk assessment and completing the business case

Stakeholders and change management

  • Achieving the benefits with the stakeholders
  • Tools for assessing the stakeholders
  • Change management strategies

Implementing the benefits management approach

  • The benefits-driven approach
  • Benefits management roles
  • Managing workshops
  • Reviewing benefits, further benefits and monitoring

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London London3 1660 £1660 2019-11-25