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BCI Membership Entitlements Defined by Membership Grade

The different categories of BCI membership bring different entitlements. Click here to see a summary of these (PDF).

Joining the BCI as an individual

Introduction

The BCI offers a variety of levels of individual membership and different routes to become a BCI member. These are all described below:

Fellow (FBCI)

This Statutory membership grade is the highest attainable level within BCI Membership and is held by approximately only 125 Business Continuity professionals worldwide. Only very experienced Members (MBCI) or Associate Fellows (AFBCI) can be considered for this grade. In order to achieve this grade, evidence is required of a significant contribution to the Institute and to the business continuity discipline as a whole and is subject to a rigorous application process.

Criteria for Entry

  • Professional service to industry for 10 years, demonstrable via CV provided as part of the application process

  • MBCI must have been held for a min of 5 years or AFBCI held for two years.

  • 3 references must be supplied and obtained by the Central office prior to submission to the Fellow Interview panel

 In addition to 5 years MBCI or 2 years AFBCI, a qualifying criteria of 4 of the following options to demonstrate contribution to the Industry/BCI would be required (A précis describing the 4 criteria you have opted for must be supplied through the application form):

  • Chair or Committee member of BCI Chapter or Forum worldwide
  • Presenter or Stream Leader at key BC Conference/Event. i.e. DRJ, CI, BCM World, BCI Annual Lectures, etc. (Please attach presentations/brochure/dates)
  • Mentored at least 3 BCI members ideally through the BCI mentoring programme (Please include names and dates) or through an alternative verifiable mentoring process.
  • Published 5 articles promoting BC in recognised BCI publications i.e. Continuity Magazine, Disaster Recovery Journal, Continuity Insights, etc
  • Have supported key BCI programmes e.g. Exam development, GPG, BCAW (i.e. webinars), Partnership Steering Group etc
  • Have significantly supported development of the industry or institute outside of the BCI’s remit; i.e. Supporting the development of key industry standards, raising awareness through promotional events and activities, driving membership growth.
  • Sat on the BCI Board (Please provide dates)
  • Contributed to BCI Global Membership Council or Board working party (or regional equivalent i.e. DRJ EAB, DRII committee, ACP board, etc)
  • Served as a BCI auditor or assessor for a minimum for two years

You can claim a maximum of one per Qualifying criteria, except for publishing articles, for which you can claim two. (i.e. up to ten articles)

Application Process

The new FBCI application process has removed the requirement for a full scored assessment. The application process now consists of the following:

  • A completed FBCI application form (including detail on each of the 4 chosen criteria)

  • Any supporting evidence for the 4 chosen criteria

  • Three references

  • A current CV

These submitted documents form the complete application pack. This is sent to a panel of three FBCI evaluators. This panel will arrange a call directly with the applicant to perform the assessment.

For more information or to request an application form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Associate Fellow (AFBCI)

The new grade of AFBCI (Associate Fellow) sits between MBCI and FBCI and is designed as a senior practitioner grade for those who are not yet eligible for consideration for FBCI membership.

The requirements for AFBCI are:

Applicants for this senior Statutory grade must fit into either of the following criteria:

  • A current MBCI held for a minimum of 3 years
  • A current MBCP credential held for at least 3 years with the DRII
  • A current CBCP credential held for at least 5 years with the DRII

The applicant must also:

  • Be currently working in business continuity management
  • Have a minimum of seven years working experience within the discipline and knowledge across all 6 BCI Professional Practices
  • Complete a full scored assessment application process.

If you would like more information or would like to request an application form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member (MBCI)

This Statutory membership grade is aimed at Business Continuity professionals with at least three years’ practical work experience across all the six BCI Professional Practices that make up the BCM Lifecycle as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.   In addition, candidates must hold a valid Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) or other recognised industry credential.

The Six BCI Professional Practices are (in summary):

Management Practices

  • Business Continuity Policy and Programme Management
  • Embedding BCM within the organisation’s culture

Technical Practices

  • Understanding the organisation
  • Determining business continuity strategy
  • Developing and implementing BCM response
  • Exercising, Maintenance and Review

The Application Process
There are several routes to apply for this grade:

  • Through direct application using the CBCI at “Pass with Merit” level

To apply to become an MBCI through direct entry using the CBCI at “Pass with Merit” level, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold a valid CBCI at “Pass with Merit” level
  • Provide evidence of at least three years’ working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six Business Continuity Professional Practices, as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a Full Scored Assessment application form.  The application form is then scored and assessed by experienced Business Continuity professionals who are appointed by the Global Membership Council, the governing body of BCI Membership. The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed application form
  • Supporting documentation
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • CBCI “Pass with Merit”

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.   For those individuals that are seeking direct entry into the BCI, an alternative grade may be offered. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

1) Through direct application using the DBCI (Diploma of the BCI) qualification

To apply to become an MBCI either through direct application using the DBCI, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold the BCI’s Diploma (DBCI)
  • Provide evidence of at least three years’ working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six BCI Professional Practices as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a Full Scored Assessment application form.  The application form is then scored and assessed by experienced Business Continuity professionals who are appointed by the Global Membership Council, the governing body of BCI Membership. The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed application form
  • Supporting documentation
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • DBCI

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.   For those individuals that are seeking direct entry into the BCI, an alternative grade may be offered. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

2) Apply to upgrade from AMBCI

To apply to become an MBCI as an upgrade from AMBCI, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Have held AMBCI membership for at least one year
  • Have a minimum of 12 months of CPD completed and logged through the BCI’s CPD programme
  • Provide evidence of at least three years’ working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six BCI Professional Practices as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete an application form. The application form is then scored and assessed by experienced Business Continuity professionals who are appointed by the Global Membership Council, the governing body of BCI Membership. The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed application form
  • Access to a minimum of 12 months of completed CPD
  • Supporting documentation
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • AMBCI membership held for at least one year

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.  

3) Apply using another recognised industry credential

To apply to become an MBCI using another recognised industry credential, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold a valid CBCP or MBCP credential
  • Provide evidence of at least three years’ working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six BCI Professional Practices as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, which cover Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a pre-application from, which will determine which application route is required.  The application route is determined by the length of time the credential has been held.  The application form is then scored and assessed by experienced Business Continuity professionals who are appointed by the Global Membership Council, the governing body of BCI Membership. The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed relevant application form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • Proof of current CBCP or MBCP and start date

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.   For those individuals that are seeking direct entry into the BCI, an alternative grade may be offered. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

To start the process for the alternative route to membership, an application fee of £50 or $75 is first payable. To pay this fee, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and once your payment has been received, you will automatically be sent a pre-application form for completion and return.

MBCI Membership costs just £130 per year*.

*Fair Fees Policy
The BCI operates a “Fair Fees Policy”, which allows members living and working in countries with lower income economies to benefit from a reduced membership fee.  The level of reduction in fees is based on World Bank Income Definitions, which may be subject to change.  To view the latest list of Income Group Definitions visit www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/countryclass.html

Associate Member (AMBCI)

This Statutory membership grade is aimed at Business Continuity professionals with at least one year’s practical work experience across all of the six BCI Professional Practices that make up the BCM Lifecycle as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices, or at least two years' experience specialising in one or two of the six BCI Professional Practices.  In addition, candidates must hold a valid Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) or other recognised industry credential.

The Six BCI Professional Practices are (in summary):
Management Practices

  • Business Continuity Policy and Programme Management
  • Embedding BCM within the organisation’s culture

Technical Practices

  • Understanding the organisation
  • Determining business continuity strategy
  • Developing and implementing BCM response
  • Exercising, Maintenance and Review

The Application Process
There are several routes to apply for this grade:

1) Through direct application using the CBCI at “Pass” level

To apply to become an AMBCI either through direct entry to the BCI candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold a valid CBCI at “Pass” or “Pass with Merit”  level
  • Provide a statement of at least year’s working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the BCI Professional Practices, as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a short, self-assessed application form.   Between 5% and 10% of submitted applications will be subject to a formal audit process.
The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed application form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • CBCI at “Pass” or “Pass with Merit”

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.

To request an application form, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AMBCI Membership costs just £120 per year*.

*Fair Fees Policy
The BCI operates a “Fair Fees Policy”, which allows members living and working in countries with lower income economies to benefit from a reduced membership fee.  The level of reduction in fees is based on World Bank Income Definitions, which may be subject to change.  To view the latest list of Income Group Definitions visit www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/countryclass.html

2) Through direct application using the DBCI (Diploma of the BCI) qualification

To apply to become an AMBCI either through direct application using the DBCI, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold the BCI’s Diploma (DBCI)
  • Provide a statement of at least one year’s working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six BCI Professional Practices as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a short, self-assessed application form.   Between 5% and 10% of submitted applications will be subject to a formal audit process.
The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed application form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • CBCI Certificate or other recognised industry credential

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.   For those individuals that are seeking direct entry into the BCI, an alternative grade may be offered. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

To request an application form, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AMBCI Membership costs just £120 per year*.

*Fair Fees Policy
The BCI operates a “Fair Fees Policy”, which allows members living and working in countries with lower income economies to benefit from a reduced membership fee.  The level of reduction in fees is based on World Bank Income Definitions, which may be subject to change.  To view the latest list of Income Group Definitions visit www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/countryclass.html

3) Apply using another recognised industry credential

To apply to become an AMBCI using another recognised industry credential, candidates must:

  • Be actively working in the business continuity industry
  • Hold a valid ABCP, CBCP or MBCP credential
  • Provide evidence of at least one year’s working experience as a business continuity practitioner or consultant across all of the six BCI Professional Practices as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.

All applicants will be required to complete a pre-application from, which will determine which application route is required.  The application route is determined by the length of time the credential has been held.  The application form is then scored and assessed by experienced Business Continuity professionals that are appointed by the Global Membership Council, the governing body of BCI Membership. The following information is required for the application process:

  • The completed relevant application form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé from the candidate
  • Two references
  • A signed copy of Code of Ethics
  • Proof of current CBCP or MBCP and start date

Should an application be rejected, feedback will be provided to the applicant.  If further information or clarification is required, it will be requested.   For those individuals that are seeking direct entry into the BCI, an alternative grade may be offered. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

To start the process for the alternative route to membership, an application fee of £50 or $75 is first payable. To pay this fee, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and once your payment has been received, you will automatically be sent a pre-application form for completion and return.

AMBCI Membership costs just £120 per year*.

*Fair Fees Policy
The BCI operates a “Fair Fees Policy”, which allows members living and working in countries with lower income economies to benefit from a reduced membership fee.  The level of reduction in fees is based on World Bank Income Definitions, which may be subject to change.  To view the latest list of Income Group Definitions visit www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/countryclass.html

Non-Statutory membership

Non-Statutory membership includes Student and Affiliates, these levels carry no associated professional credential.

Affiliate
Affiliate membership of the BCI offers the ideal entry point for individuals who have an active interest in business continuity or who are considering pursuing a career as a business continuity professional and wish to find out more about the discipline.

Affiliate membership costs just £80 per year*.

Student
Student membership of the BCI offers the full benefits of Affiliate membership at a discounted rate to reflect tight student budgets.   Students are defined as individuals who are currently undertaking study either as a full-time or part-time course that is related to business continuity or one of its related disciplines.

Student membership costs just £40 per year.*

To apply for non-Statutory Membership:
Apply directly online here https://members.thebci.org/page.php?id=4

Download the Affiliate Application Form: >> PDF version >> Word Version
Download the Student Application Form: >> PDF version >> Word Version

Completed application forms should be returned to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or alternatively send to:

Jamie-Lee Fletcher, Membership Administrator,
The Business Continuity Institute
10 – 11 Southview Park, Marsack Street
Caversham, RG4 5AF, UK


*Fair Fees Policy

The BCI operates a “Fair Fees Policy”, which allows members living and working in countries with lower income economies to benefit from a reduced membership fee.  The level of reduction in fees is based on World Bank Income Definitions, which may be subject to change.  To view the latest list of Income Group Definitions visit www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/countryclass.html

Alternative Route to Membership

The Alternative Route to Membership was set up for holders of third party business continuity credentials to provide an alternative route to BCI Membership that did not require applicants to sit the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) Examination but instead, recognised third party credentials as equivalent qualifications.   

The following qualifications and credentials have been identified as at least equivalent to the CBCI:

  • DBCI (Diploma of the Business Continuity Institute)
  • ABCP
  • CBCP
  • MBCP
  • ICOR CORS Exam
  • MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency
    Management from Buckinghamshire New University
  • MSc in Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Business
    Continuity Management from Loughborough University

BCI Diploma (DBCI) in Business Continuity

The BCI Diploma (DBCI) in Business Continuity is a stand-alone credential leading to the post-nominal designation DBCI.   The BCI Diploma (DBCI) in Business Continuity enables individuals to achieve a formal, internationally recognised academic qualification in business continuity and is delivered as a distance learning programme in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.  Holders of the DBCI can apply via the Alternative Route to Membership for Statutory membership of the BCI.

To find out more about the BCI Diploma click here

Holders of the DBCI can now apply directly for MBCI membership of the BCI as long as they are also able to evidence at least three years’ experience across all of the six BCI Professional Practices that make up the BCM Lifecycle, as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices.   Applicants with more than one year’s experience and less than 3 years’ experience may apply for AMBCI membership.

Holders of the ABCP credential can apply for AMBCI membership; holders of the CBCP or MPCP levels can apply for MBCI membership.   The BCI operates different methods of application.  The application process selected will depend on the number of years the applicant has held the relevant credential.

To find out more or to request an application form contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Application Process
To start the application process, candidates are first required to pay the Alternative Route to Membership Application Fee, which currently stands at £50 or $75.

Once the Administration Fee has been received, a pre-application form will be sent to the applicant, which serves to determine the formal route of application required in order to process the application further.

BCI Credential

Alternative Credentials

Application Process Required

FBCI

MBCP or CBCP held for at least five years prior to application

  • Shortened Application Form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé
  • Two references

AFBCI

MBCP held for at least three years prior to application

  • Full Scored Assessment Form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé
  • Three references
  • At least seven years working experience
  • Three years of CPEs completed

MBCI

MBCP or CBCP held for at least three years prior to application

  • Full scored Assessment Form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé
  • Two references

AMBCI

MBCP, CBCP or ABCP held for at least one year prior to application

  • Application Form
  • Detailed CV or Résumé
  • Two references

To pay the Administration Fee for the application using using your ABCP, CBCP or MBCP contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Becoming a Statutory member and Progression Pathways for Statutory membership

How do I join as a Statutory member of the BCI?

To help you determine which level of membership is right for you, please refer to our Membership Flow Chart, below. Alternatively, contact the Membership Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

Membership flowcart

How do I progress my Statutory membership?

Membership flowcart

For any impartial advice contact the Membership Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternative Route to Upgrade

Holders of the AMBCI who have held their membership for more than one year and have at least three years’ experience in each of the six BCI Professional Practices, as described in the Good Practice Guidelines, including Management and Technical Practices. Can apply to upgrade to MBCI via the BCI CPD Programme.

BCI Certification (CBCI)

The BCI Certificate is a stand-alone credential leading to the post-nominal designation CBCI. This is a credential only and does not give membership of the Institute – it may, however, be used as a route to membership. To achieve the designation CBCI, candidates are required to sit the Certificate of the BCI Examination.

The Certificate of the BCI Examination tests a candidate’s knowledge of the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines (GPG), the comprehensive, independent body of knowledge for business continuity. The examination consists of multiple choice questions that test a candidate’s knowledge of the BCI Professional Practices as described in the GPG.

The CBCI is valid for three years only; after this time, holders of the CBCI will be required to re-sit the Certificate of the BCI Examination to demonstrate currency of knowledge. However, experience has shown that those individuals who are successful in achieving the CBCI, and who have experience working in business continuity, generally progress to Statutory membership to gain either the MBCI or AMBCI certification. The CBCI therefore provides the perfect launching pad for candidates seeking to progress to Statutory membership of the BCI and is an integral part of the Statutory application process.

To continue to be able to use the post-nominal designation, an annual maintenance fee is payable but does not confer any membership rights or benefits to holders.

To support candidates in their preparation for the BCI Certificate Examination, the BCI offers specific training. The training material is based entirely on the Good Practice Guidelines and is delivered by our global network of BCI licensed training partners, who in turn are all experienced business continuity professionals, bringing added value to the training experience. Flexible delivery options are available to suit individual preferences. Visit our Training Section to find out more.

For more information about CBCI Certification click here.

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