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CBCI Certification Course (Good Practice Guidelines)

Certified 5 Days £1,850.00 (+ VAT)

Course Overview/Dates

Please note: The BCI are not permitting classroom CBCI exams for the foreseeable future, so all CBCI exams will be taken online until further notice. Courses will therefore be delivered Monday-Thursday. If you have booked the exam, you will be signed up for the exam on the first day of the training and will be sent an email by the BCI to schedule your online exam at a date/time convenient to you. If you would prefer to be registered earlier, please get in touch.

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

What's included?

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

Course Dates

Dates Number of days Location Price
Mon 30 Nov 2020
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: James Royds DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI
Venue: etc.venues - Chancery Lane
Mon 11 Jan 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 15 Feb 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 15 Mar 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 11 Apr 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 18 Apr 2021
Glasgow, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Grand Central Hotel
Sun 25 Apr 2021
Birmingham, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Maple House
Sun 25 Apr 2021
Belfast, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Jurys Inn, Belfast
Sun 9 May 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 16 May 2021
Manchester, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Manchester
Sun 13 Jun 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 13 Jun 2021
Brussels, Belgium £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
Sun 18 Jul 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 15 Aug 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 12 Sep 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Sun 12 Sep 2021
Glasgow, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Grand Central Hotel
Sun 3 Oct 2021
Birmingham, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Maple House
Sun 17 Oct 2021
Dublin, Ireland £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Dublin
Sun 17 Oct 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
Mon 29 Nov 2021
London, UK £1,850.00 Book Reserve
Course tutor: To be confirmed
Venue: etc.venues - Marble Arch
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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.

Day 5

Certificate of the BCI Examination

Duration: 2 hours

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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 32 hours towards your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

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

Although the morning of the fifth day is allocated to taking the exam it 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 and your name will be placed on a BCI register of those holding this credential. Those looking to achieve the professional membership grades within the BCI need to pass the exam, along with sufficient experience, to achieve AMBCI and need to pass the exam with merit to achieve MBCI.

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.

When can I take the exam?

On the Friday morning of any of BC Training’s BCI Licensed Good Practice Guidelines courses.

BC Training encourages its delegates to book the exam at the same time as the Good Practice Guidelines CBCI course. We offer the opportunity for delegates to take the paper and pencil exam on the Friday morning of the course at the training venue. The exam will take place between 0900 and 1100 and we would ask delegates to arrive from 0830.

Online. The online exam can be booked at the same time as your training. You will be sent a link from the BCI allowing you to book your exam at your own convenience. A microphone and webcam will be required to take the examination online.

What language can I sit the exam in?

The online examination is only available in English. If you are sitting the exam at the end of the BCI Good Practice Guidelines Course, you can choose to sit the exam in English, French, Italian, Arabic, Spanish or German.

How do I register for the exam with BC Training?

To secure your BCI Certificate Examination you can book online through our website or contact the office to speak to a member of the BC Training team.

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.

What happens after the examination?

You will receive your results via email directly from the BCI, within 4 weeks of completing the examination.

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Tutors

James Royds

James Royds

DMS, MBA, FBCI, FCMI

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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 - Maple House

Birmingham

etc.venues - Maple House
Corporation Street
Birmingham
B4 6TB

0121 212 8200

Grand Central Hotel

Glasgow

Grand Central Hotel
99 Gordon Street
Glasgow
Scotland, G1 3SF

+44 (0) 141 240 3700

etc.venues - Manchester

Manchester

etc.venues - Manchester
11 Portland Street
Manchester
M1 3HU

0161 302 8888

etc.venues - Marble Arch

London

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

+44 (0)20 7793 4200

Jurys Inn, Belfast

Belfast

Jurys Inn, Belfast
Fisherwick Place
Great Victoria Street
Belfast BT1 6DY

02890 533500

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

etc.venues - Chancery Lane

London

etc.venues - Chancery Lane
50-52 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1HL

020 3735 8900

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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

“Course was well designed - allowing us to cover all topics at the right pace. Tutor was very accessible and kept a very informal atmosphere, which helped interaction and experience sharing with other attendees.”

Pedro Marques
Novartis

Overall course rating: 9/10

2018

“Thoroughly enjoyed this course, James [McAlister] made this such an enjoyable subject. His knowledge and experience of BC was absolutely outstanding.”

Charlene Kerridge
Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Overall course rating: 10/10

2018

“James McAlister was great - really made the modules interesting and applied his experiences well to help us understand the subject matter.”

Lauren Richards
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Overall course rating: 9/10

2018

“James [McAlister] was a truly fantastic tutor. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. Superb.”

Richard Hardwick
Hyperion Insurance Group

Overall course rating: 10/10

2018

“Ewan [Donald] was very good at delivering the course, his additional knowledge and expertise were of benefit throughout.”

Catherine Whitelaw
ACCA Global

Overall course rating: 8/10

2018

“The tutor James [McAlister] was excellent, providing extra slides to further explain the content and also providing mock questions every evening which really helped.”

Hannah Brookman
RBS

Overall course rating: 10/10

2018

“I came away with so many ideas and actions for my organisation and I now fully understand BC.”

Louise Squires
Allianz

Overall course rating: 8/10

2018

“James [McAlister] was a fantastic tutor, knowledgeable and easy to understand.”

Gary Stevenson
Student Loans Company

Overall course rating: 9/10

2018

“Ewan [Donald] provided excellent examples from a practical perspective which enhanced learning and understanding. ”

Joseph Andrews
NHS Forth Valley

Overall course rating: 8/10

2018

“Great course provided by a very good instructor [James McAlister] with above average knowledge and clearly demonstrable experience.”

Lisa Deehan
Hyperion Insurance Group

Overall course rating: 9/10

2018

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