Course Overview

This course provides the business continuity and resilience professional with the knowledge of how to design and develop exercises that work.

If you are interested in arranging this course for your workplace call:
UK 01253 542650
Rest of world +44 1253 542650

What's included?

  • Course slides and notes
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance
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Details & Programme

Designing and Delivering effective exercises is a skill to be mastered for any continuity and resilience professional. A key part of the Validation stage of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle, exercising the BCM Programme for some is the most interesting part of the job. It helps us to practice what to do when things go wrong, and builds confidence and a capability that means the organisation can more effectively respond, recover, take opportunities, and learn from a disruption. Exercises are the best way to test our systems, rehearse our plans, and a chance to safely prepare our people.

This course is based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2018 and reflects the current global thinking from ISO 22301 and ISO 22398.

Day 1

Start FinishSubjectDetail
09151030Module 1 - People Vs Paper - The value of exercises
Test Vs Exercise
Team and equipment capability
Exercising within the BCM Lifecycle
Supporting validation and continual improvement
10451230Module 2 - Exercising Programmes
Validating plans over time
The function of the exercise programme
Developing an exercise programme
13301500Module 3 - The Design and Delivery Team
What teams are required
Roles within these teams
Additional support needed
Top Management reporting
15151645Module 4 - Setting the Aim and Objectives
Why aims and objectives are important
How aims and objectives influence evaluation
16451715Review of Day 1

Day 2

09000915Review of Day 1
09151000Module 5 - Format Options
Different format types
Format Pros and Cons
Combining formats
10001100Module 6 - Scenario Development
What is the function of the scenario?
Linking the scenario to the objectives
Presenting and controlling the scenario
How to bring a sense of realism
11151245Module 7 - Logistics: Documentation, Resources and Communications
Documents required to deliver an exercise
Resource requirements
13451500Module 8 - Delivery
Key stages of exercise delivery
Likely challenges
15151600Module 9 - Risk Management
Risks of delivering an exercise
How to respond to risks
16001645Module 10 - Evaluating and Reporting
Post-exercise de-briefing
Reporting results
Lessons identified > lessons learnt
Continual improvement
16451715Course Review
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Course Benefits

Completing this course will enable you to:

  • Select appropriate exercise aims, objectives and formats
  • Develop realistic and engaging scenarios
  • Understand how to resource and coordinate delivery
  • Carry out post-exercise evaluations and report lessons learned

Completing this course will contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Further information can be found on the BCI's website here.

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Who Should Attend?

Business Continuity and resilience professionals who are responsible for developing and delivering exercises. This course is also suitable for those professionals in related disciplines who need to learn how to effectively exercise plans.

It is recommended that students have a minimum of a CBCI or equivalent credential with experience of working in a continuity and resilience related role.

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In-house Options

Please contact the BC Training team on 01253 667570 or email, should you wish to discuss options for delivering this course in-house at your organisation.

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“I found the trainer [James Royds] excellent and could answer all my questions asked. James went out of his way and provided all participants with useful handouts and documentation. Really appreciate it and a big thank you to James.”

Mercy Amarteifio

Overall course rating: 9/10


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