The Good Practice Guidelines

The Business Continuity Institute

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The Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) are the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity practice worldwide. They represent current global thinking in good Business Continuity (BC) practice and now include terminology from ISO 22301:2012, the International Standard for Business Continuity management systems.

Drawing upon the considerable academic, technical and practical experiences and expertise of BC professionals from across the BCI’s global Statutory membership, the GPG 2013 has been subject to a stringent quality assurance process to ensure it continues to drive the highest standards in BC practice worldwide.

The real value of the GPG to BC professionals lies in the fact that it considers not just the ‘what’ to do but also the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ of practices written by real-world experts. In addition to providing a robust and proven guide to all BC professionals, the GPG serves as a recognised industry benchmark against which BC professionals can be effectively measured and their professional and technical competency examined.

Practical knowledge of the GPG underpins the BCI Statutory membership application process that requires its members to demonstrate competency across all six of the GPG’s Professional Practices at a Management and Technical level.

The six Professional Practices include Policy and Programme Management; Analysis; Design; Implementation; Validation and Embedding Business Continuity. Together they make up the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle, which is central to good BC practice and ensures the success of any BCM Programme and its continued value to the organization.

All BCI Certification Training is based on the GPG, including the Certificate of the BCI Examination (CBCI), which tests a candidate’s knowledge of the Good Practice Guidelines and is one of the entry points to BCI Statutory membership.

The GPG is available in UK English and in the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, US English. Chinese and Japanese will also be available soon.

How to get your copy of the GPG

To access your free copy of the GPG, please log into the members’ area of the website, using your membership number (user ID) and password. If you are unsure of your log in details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non members of the BCI can purchase a copy of the GPG from here.

Printed copies
Printed hard copies of the GPG 2013 English (UK) version can be bought from here. The price for the printed version will be £20 for BCI Members and £30 + VAT where applicable for non-members including postage and packing.

The Certificate of the BCI Examination

Pen and Pencil Format via BCI Licensed Training Partners
The Certificate of the BCI Examination (paper and pencil format) based on the GPG 2013 is only available to those examination candidates who take BCI training through one of our licensed training partners.