Joining the BCI
Individual membership of the BCI is open to BC professionals at all levels of experience. Statutory membership of the BCI provides internationally recognised status and demonstrates both professional and technical competency in BC. Increasingly employers ask for BCI membership when employing new business continuity staff and throughout the world major companies, when issuing tender documents for business continuity consultancy and services, insist on BCI membership.
BCI Certification Training
BCI Certification Training is designed for those individuals seeking to complement practical experience in Business Continuity or a related field through some formal BC training based on the Good Practice Guidelines 2013. More specifically, it is aimed at those professionals wishing to achieve an internationally recognised qualification in Business Continuity through the Certificate of the BCI Examination (CBCI). It is the perfect choice for BC professionals aspiring to become a Statutory member of the BCI, which provides internationally recognised status and demonstrates both professional and technical competency in BC.
BCI Certification Training is intended for professionals working in the field of Business Continuity, Risk Management, Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Resilience, Security, Operations and anyone who has BC as part of their role.
The training material is based entirely on the Good Practice Guidelines and is delivered by our global network of Licensed Training Partners, who in turn are all experienced Business Continuity professionals, bringing added value to the training experience
The BCI Good Practice Guidelines Training Course
This course is classroom-based, instructor-led
About the BCI Good Practice Guidelines Training Course
The BCI Good Practice Guidelines Training Course has been revised to ensure that all the methodologies taught in this course are fully aligned to the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice, which was released in March 2013 by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), the leading membership and certifying organization for Business Continuity professionals worldwide.
Based on current global thinking in BC, the course has also been aligned to ISO 22301:2012, the new international standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM) to ensure its international relevance and global applicability.
The course offers a solid description of the methods, techniques and approaches used by BC professionals worldwide to develop, implement and maintain an effective BCM programme, as described in GPG 2013.
This training course is intended to meet the current and future technical and professional needs of BC professionals working in organizations of any type and size, in any industry or sector worldwide.
- Based on GPG 2013
- Written by experienced BC professionals
- Designed to drivethe highest standards in global BC practice
- Based on current global thinking in BC
- Aligned to ISO 22301:2012, the international standard for BCM
- Modular – six modules, each one based on one of the six Professional Practices that make up the BCM Lifecycle, which lies at the heart of good BC practice
- Provides an accepted benchmark against which the technical and professional competency of BC professionals can be effectively measured and examined
- Delivered only by BCI Licensed Training Partners, all experienced BC professionals in their own right
- Teaches you not just the ‘what’ but also the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ of good BC practice
- Equips you with the knowledge and understanding you require to be able to practise BC in line with GPG 2013
- Prepares you for the Certificate of the BCI Examination, which leads to an internationally recognised credential and post-nominal designation in BC (CBCI), and is the launching pad for Statutory Membership of the BCI
- Provides practical insights to good BC practice and expertise by learning from some of the best BC professionals in the industry
- Meets the current and future needs of BC professionals worldwide
What does the course cover?
The course takes you through the BCM Lifecycle step by step, which sits at the heart of good BC practice and provides practical insights into all aspects pertaining to the development, implementation and management of a BCM programme within an organization through the use of case studies and real-life examples. The subject matter addresses the six Professional Practices (PP) at Management and Technical Level that make up the BCM Lifecycle, including:
- Module One: Policy and Programme Management (PP1)
- Module Two: Embedding Business Continuity (PP2)
- Module Three: Analysis (PP3)
- Module Four: Design (PP4)
- Module Five: Implementation (PP5)
- Module Six: Validation (PP6)
How is it delivered?
The BCI Good Practice Guidelines Training Course is delivered in an interactive classroom-based environment to ensure the maximum benefit to students. The training is delivered by BCI Licensed Training Partners, all of whom are experienced and respected Business Continuity professionals, bringing a wealth of real-life experience and expertise to the classroom.
It is also offered as a live, online training experience, which combines all the advantages of eLearning with the benefits of being supported by an instructor.
To ensure you get the maximum benefit this course, we recommend that you read and study the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) before attending the course. Copies of the GPG 2013 can be purchased from the BCI. If you are already a member of the BCI, you are entitled to a free download of the GPG 2013 as part of your membership benefits.
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The BCI Good Practice Guidelines Live Online Training Course
The course offers a solid description of the methods, techniques and approaches used by BC professionals worldwide to develop, implement and maintain an effective BCM programme, as described in GPG 2013 and takes the student step by step through the BCM Lifecycle, which sits at the heart of good BC practice.
The BCI Good Practice Guidelines Live Online Course is delivered in an interactive eLearning environment by an experienced Business Continuity professional.
The online course is delivered over a period of eight weeks. Each session lasts two hours with two sessions scheduled for each of the eight weeks, giving you a total of 32 hours of training.
For those individuals who simply cannot afford to take any time out of the office or who prefer to learn in their own time, at their own pace and in their own personal space, the BCI Good Practice Guidelines Live Online Training Course offers the perfect solution. And of course, it saves you money by cutting out the need for travel or overnight accommodation.
The BCI’s eLearning training: Building Resilience
This course is online.
This online self-paced interactive learning experience has been designed for anyone who needs to understand what Business Continuity is all about and how essential it is in building resilience in an organization. The course is built on the core principles of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle as described in the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines – a global guide to good practice in the BC discipline. It contains audio advice from experts and provides answers to common issues faced by those practicing BC in any organization. (Takes approximately 8 hours to complete).
- Aligns to ISO 22301
- Based on global good practice in BC
- Contains expert advice
Module One - What is Business Continuity?
Module Two - How do I establish and Manage Business Continuity?
Module Three -How do I embed Business Continuity within the organization?
Module Four - How do I analyse the organization’s Business Continuity requirements?
Module Five - How do I design the organization’s Business Continuity solutions?
Module Six - What plans do I develop and how?
This course can be used by organizations as part of their in-house training and awareness programmes to embed business continuity.
When this course is taken in conjunction with self-study of the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines it is excellent preparation for the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) Examination.
How do I become a BCI certified Business Continuity professional?
Once you have completed your formal GPG training, the next step towards becoming a certified BC professional is to take the Certificate of the BCI Examination, which tests a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of GPG 2013. Successful completion of this examination gives you an internationally recognised credential in BC and entitles you to use the post-nominal designation CBCI. Achievement of the CBCI also provides the perfect launching pad for individuals seeking to progress to Statutory membership of the BCI, the leading global membership organization for BC professionals.
How can I take the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) Examination?
The Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) examination can be taken in two ways:
1. Pen and Pencil Format via BCI Licensed Training Partners - immediately following one of our BCI classroom based training courses this must be arranged with your preferred BCI Licensed Training Partner at the time of booking your training course. Paper and Pencil exams are also available in Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian.
Please note: The CBCI examination in Paper and Pencil format is based entirely on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2013.
2. Computer Based Testing (CBT) at a Prometric testing centre located worldwide. To book your CBCI Examination at a Computer Based Testing Centre, you must first pay for the Examination; this can be done online using a credit card or by requesting an invoice via email, once payment has been accepted, you will be sent an Authorization to Test (ATT) Letter via email containing a Candidate ID and be provided with a link to the Prometric Test Centre website where you can then proceed to book your examination appointment. You cannot book your examination appointment at a Computer Based Testing centre without your Candidate ID which is only issued via your ATT letter once payment has been accepted.
If you would like to first locate a testing centre nearest to you, please visit the Prometric website prior to making a payment or scheduling an examination appointment, to ensure there is one to suit you. Click on Locate a Test Center option and use the drop down menu to view the options. You must return to the BCI website to make your payment before booking your appointment.
Please note: The CBCI examination taken at Computer Based Testing Centres is currently available in English only and is based entirely on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2013. (Japanese CBT exam is still available for a limited time only, it is based on Good Practice Guidelines 2010 – due to a delay in the availability of the Japanese 2013 GPG)
To purchase the Computer Based Testing (CBT) CBCI examination please click on the 'Buy Now' button to pay for your examination and to begin the registration process.
How long is the CBCI valid?
The CBCI is valid for three years; after this time, holders of the CBCI will be required to re-sit the Certificate of the BCI examination to demonstrate currency of knowledge. Alternatively, holders of the CBCI can apply for Statutory membership of the BCI to gain the AMBCI or MBCI credential depending on experience.
In order to retain this designation, holders of the CBCI are required to pay an annual maintenance fee, which entitles them to the full benefits of BCI Affiliate membership. The first year is included in the cost of the Examination fee.
BCI Diploma (DBCI) in Business Continuity Management
For details on our DBCI certification click here.