Course Overview/Dates

This course offers a solid description of the methods, techniques and approaches used by business continuity (BC) professionals worldwide, to develop, implement and maintain an effective Business Continuity Management (BCM) programme.

Exam Price

£400 additional cost for the online exam

What's included?

  • Course slides and notes
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance

Course Dates

Dates Number of days Location Price
Mon 7 Feb 2022
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: James Royds DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 25 Apr 2022
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: James Royds DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 20 Jun 2022
Madrid, Spain £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Madrid
Mon 4 Jul 2022
Paris, France £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Paris
Mon 18 Jul 2022
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: Andrew Mason BSc MBCI MBCS CITP
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 17 Oct 2022
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: James Royds DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 24 Oct 2022
Dublin, Ireland £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Dublin
Mon 14 Nov 2022
Brussels, Belgium £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: Werner Verlinden FBCI
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
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Details & Programme

Course Description

This course is based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2018, the independent body of knowledge for good business continuity (BC) practices.

The course 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 2018.

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).

This can lead to becoming a member of the BCI, which provides internationally recognised status and demonstrates both professional and technical competency in BC.

Course Modules

There are six course modules based on the six Professional Practices (PPs) and associated stages BCM Lifecycle. These are split up into segments, management practices and technical practices.

  • Module 1 - Policy and Programme Management (PP1)
  • Module 2 - Embedding Business Continuity (PP2)
  • Module 3 - Analysis (PP3)
  • Module 4 - Design (PP4)
  • Module 5 - Implementation (PP5)
  • Module 6 - Validation (PP6)

At the end of Module 1, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the stages of the BCM Lifecycle
  2. Explain how to develop a BC Policy
  3. Identify the requirements for determining the scope of the BCM programme
  4. Describe the approaches to defining governance of the BCM programme
  5. Summarise the process of implementing a BCM programme, and assigning roles and responsibilities
  6. Explain how project and programme management techniques can be used to implement the BCM programme and the importance of managing documentation
  7. Recognise the importance of managing outsourced activities and supply chain continuity

At the end of Module 2, you will be able to:

  1. Interpret organisational culture in the context of Embedding Business Continuity
  2. Assess the skills and competence requirements for Business Continuity
  3. Organise a training programme and awareness campaign as part of Embedding BC

At the end of Module 3, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose and importance of the Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  2. Explain the different types of BIA and the activities associated with each one
  3. Develop and carry out a BIA
  4. Identify the key methods and outcomes of evaluating threats

At the end of Module 4, you will be able to:

  1. List the options and describe the process of selecting continuity and recovery strategies and tactics
  2. Define the purpose and explain the process of designing threat mitigation measures
  3. Define the purpose and explain the process of designing the incident response structure

At the end of Module 5, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose and characteristics of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  2. Develop and manage a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  3. Understand the key elements of Strategic plans and the importance of the Communications plan
  4. Explain the requirements of Tactical and Operational plan

At the end of Module 6, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and process of developing an Exercise Programme
  2. Identify different types of exercises and differentiate between them in terms of scale and complexity
  3. Develop, run and evaluate an exercise
  4. Assess the Maintenance activities required within the BCM programme
  5. Define the purpose and describe the methods of the Review of the BCM programme

Day 1

Module 1: Policy and Programme Management

Module 2: Embedding Business Continuity

StartFinishSubject Area
08300900Registration and refreshments
09000915Welcome and overall aim and objectives of the course
09151000The BCI/GPG introduction and aims and objectives. Understanding the stages of the BCM Lifecycle
10001045Module 1: Policy and Programme Management
How to develop a BC Policy and scope of the BCM programme
10451100Break
11001130Management systems approach to governance of the BCM programme
11301230Implementing and managing a BCM programme and how project and programme management techniques can be used.
12301330Lunch
13301415Managing outsourced activities and supply chain continuity
14151500Module 2: Embedding Business Continuity Organisational culture
Skills and competence requirements
15001515Break
15151600Managing a training programme and awareness campaign
16001630Evaluation of the embedding activities
16301700Overview, questions and answers

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

Day 2

Module 3: Analysis

Module 4: Design

StartFinishSubject Area
08300900Course Assemble
09000915Welcome and overall aim and objectives of Day 2
09151045Module 3: Analysis
Business Impact Analysis (BIA) - theory and activity
10451100Break
11001230The different types of BIA and the activities associated with each one
12301330Lunch
13301430The different types of BIA and the activities associated with each one (continued)
14301530Understanding the key steps and outcomes of evaluating threats
15301630Module 4: Design
The process of selecting continuity and recovery strategy and tactics
16301700Overview, questions and answers

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

Day 3

Module 4: Design (continued)

Module 5: Implementation

StartFinishSubject Area
08300900Course Assemble
09000915Welcome and overall aim and objectives of day 3
09151015Module 4: Design (continued)
The process of selecting continuity and recovery strategy and tactics
10151045Threat mitigation measures
10451100Break
11001130Threat mitigation measures (continued)
11301230The incident response structure
12301330Lunch
13301415Module 5: Implementation
The Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
14151515Strategic plans and the importance of the communications plan
15151530Break
15301630Tactical and operational plans
16301700Overview, questions and answers

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

Day 4

Module 6: Validation

StartFinishSubject Area
08300900Course Assemble
09000915Welcome and overall aim and objectives of day 4
09151045Module 6: Validation
Developing an exercise programme
overview of different types of exercises
How to develop and run an exercise
10451100Break
11001230Understand how validation is achieved by maintenance of the BCM programme
Understand the purpose and methods of reviewing the BCM programme
12301330Lunch
13301515Review of the BCM Lifecycle
15151530Break
15301630Practice exam questions
16301700Overview, questions, answers

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

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Course Benefits

  • Teaches you not just the ‘what’ to do, but also the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ of good BC practice
  • Equips you with the knowledge and understanding you require to be able to practice BC
  • Provides an accepted benchmark against which the technical and professional competency of BC professionals can be effectively measured and examine
  • Provides practical insights to good BC practice and expertise by learning from some of the best BC professionals in the industry
  • Prepares you for the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) examination
  • Upon successful completion of the examination, delegates are entitled to use the CBCI credentials and also receive complimentary membership to the BCI for 12 months (providing they are a new member of the BCI)

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 working in organisations of any type and size, in any industry or sector worldwide.
  • Individuals with a full time or part time role or responsibility that requires an understanding of business continuity.
  • Individuals who want to take the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) examination.
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Exam

Is the exam an online or paper format?

The exam is taken online individually.

Is the cost of the exam included in the cost of the course?

The cost of the exam is not included in the cost of the course, it is a further £400 - this includes a £50 arrangement fee.

Why take the exam?

Professional membership of the BCI provides internationally recognised status and this valued certification demonstrates your competence to carry out business continuity management (BCM) to a consistently high standard. If you pass the BCI Certificate you are entitled to use the post-nominal credential of CBCI.

What does the exam consist of?

The examination consists of 120 multiple choice questions which the candidate will have 2 hours to complete. The exam is based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines. 20 of the 100 questions are designated 'pretest' questions which are randomly distributed throughout the exam. Pretest questions are not counted in scoring. They are, however, essential in building the BCI Certificate question bank and are on the exam to statistically assess their difficulty level and effectiveness at discriminating between candidates who meet the passing standard and those who do not. The information gathered in the pretest process determines whether the question will be included on a future exam.

A score of 70 is required to pass, and a score of 85 is required to pass the exam with merit.

Can exam answers be changed or reviewed at the end?

During the online exam, you will have the opportunity to review questions left unanswered, questions marked for review, or any questions on the exam. You may change answers when reviewing the test items. However, once the allotted testing time has expired, or you exit the examination, you cannot see or review those questions again.

When can I take the exam?

The online exam can be booked at the same time as your training, but is taken individually following the course. Delegates that have purchased the exam will be signed up for the exam on the first day of the training and will be sent an email by the BCI during the course to schedule their online exam at a date/time convenient to them. The proctor team are based worldwide, which allows for a variety of appointments available 24/7 to accommodate candidates in all different time zones. We recommend taking the exam within a week of completing the course. A microphone and webcam will be required to take the examination online. Further technical requirements for the exam can be found here.

What language can I sit the exam in?

The online examination is available in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German. Delegates will automatically be signed up to the English exam, so please let us know if you require a different language that is listed.

How do I register for the exam with BC Training?

To secure your CBCI exam, you can book online through our website or contact us directly.

How can I prepare for the exam?

The BCI Mock CBCI Examination Questions are a useful tool in the run up to the examination and can be purchased from our website. The BCI also recommend a minimum of 24 hours of individual study prior to the exam and this includes reading the Good Practice Guidelines 2018 thoroughly.

What are the technical requirements for the online exam?

Please note that the minimum hardware requirements for taking your CBCI online exam are the following:

  • A well-working desktop computer or laptop with 1 GB of RAM or higher. Tablets, Chromebooks and Mobile phones cannot be used.
  • A working built-in or external webcam (640x480 video pixel resolution) and microphone.
  • Working speakers connected to the computer.
  • Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test your internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser (IE/EDGE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) with pop-up blocker disabled.

Sitting this examination will involve connecting to a site outside of your network security settings. If you are planning to take the exam at work, please speak to your IT Department and ask them to open ports 80, 443 and 1935.

GoToMeeting and Zoom are the primary software applications used by the exam to allow screen sharing with your online proctors.

Upon receiving your scheduler email for the exam, you will also receive a link to check your system readiness and there is also an option to arrange a system check with the proctoring team.

The proctoring company's privacy and security policy can be found here: https://www.examity.com/privac...

If you have any concerns regarding accessing exam, please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.

What happens after the examination?

Once you have completed the exam, you will receive your result instantly. The online exam and result will then be verified and audited by the BCI. Following successful clearance of this, the formal notification of the result and certificate will be sent by the BCI within 4 weeks of taking the exam.

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Tutors

James Royds

James Royds

DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI

Werner Verlinden

Werner Verlinden

FBCI

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

BSc MBCI MBCS CITP

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In-house Options

Please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email info@b-c-training.co.uk, should you wish to discuss options for delivering this course in-house at your organisation.

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Locations

etc.venues - Marble Arch

London

etc.venues - Marble Arch
Garfield House
86 Edgware Road
London W2 2EA

+44 (0)20 7793 4200

Hilton Garden Inn, Dublin

Dublin

Hilton Garden Inn, Dublin
Custom House
One Custom House Quay
Dublin
Ireland

+353-1-8541500

Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi

Brussels

Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
Place Marcel Broodthaers, 3
1060 Brussels

+32 2 535 14 00

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

Paris

Paris

Paris

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Testimonials

“We would highly recommend the course: as BC professionals the experience shared by the tutor and other participants was enlightening and the GPG have definitely helped to better understand some steps of the methodology. The course has also given us many resources and examples to improve the way in which we explain the BIAs and plans to clients during a BC program implementation. James [McAlister] was fantastic. He has a great deal of experience in the sector and tremendous energy and sense of humor.”

Marta Bellera
Institut Cerda

Overall course rating: 10/10

2020

“James [McAlister] is Exceptional. Extremely good. A pleasure to attend his classes. The course was excellent, focused and well oriented. This is the best possible preparation course for CBCI.”

Oscar Domenech
Caixabank

Overall course rating: 10/10

2020

“James [McAlister] was a wonderful trainer. Full of knowledge and enthusiasm. He was continually sharing his expertise during the week. Business Continuity Training was a great experience and helped me understand the demands and the context that we are facing as a BC team internally.”

Sara Martinez
Abertis

Overall course rating: 9/10

2020

“Highly recommend. A deep journey into Business Continuity, especially for business continuity professionals.”

David Casas
Banc Sabadell

Overall course rating: 10/10

2020

“Charlie [Maclean-Bristol] was a fantastic and engaging tutor who really helped with making the topic digestible, entertaining and thought-provoking.”

Ryan Sandrey
Skills Development Scotland

Overall course rating: 10/10

2019

“James [Royds] was excellent. This is the second time he has delivered a course I have attended, both of which have been superb.”

Tim Mansfield
DAS Legal Expenses Insurance

Overall course rating: 9/10

2019

“It was great to have James McAlister as a trainer because of his knowledge and experience in the field of Crisis Management and BCM, through this he was able to provide practical (real life) examples to back up the theory.”

Leonard Williams
thyssenkrupp Business Services

Overall course rating: 10/10

2019

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