Classroom Course

CBCI Certification Course (Classroom)

4 Days
$2,500.00 + VAT 
The CBCI Certification Course offers a solid description of the methods, techniques and approaches used by business continuity professionals worldwide, to develop, implement and maintain an effective business continuity management (BCM) programme.

What’s included?

  • Course slides and notes
  • Electronic certificate of attendance
  • Watermarked non-printable electronic Good Practice Guidelines Edition 7.0


Course Description 

The CBCI Certification Course is based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) Edition 7.0, 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 business continuity training based on the Good Practice Guidelines.

More specifically, the CBCI Certification Course 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 business continuity.

Delegates will require a copy of the Good Practice Guidelines Edition 7.0. A free watermarked non-printable electronic copy is included with the course. Hard copies are also available to purchase via our website. Pre-reading prior to attending the course is advisable.

The cost of this course (ex VAT) is £1,850.00 / €2,100.00 / $2,500.00. The exam is an additional cost (ex VAT) of £425.00 / €500.00 / $545.00.

Course Outcome & Modules

Course Modules

The CBCI Certification Course includes six course modules based on the six Professional Practices (PPs) and associated stages of the business continuity management lifecycle. These are split up into segments, management practices and technical practices.

  • Module 1: PP1 – Establishing a Business Continuity Management System

  • Module 2: PP2 – Embracing Business Continuity

  • Module 3: PP3 – Analysis

  • Module 4: PP4 – Solutions Design

  • Module 5: PP5 – Enabling Solutions

  • Module 6: PP6 – Validation

At the end of Module 1, you will understand:
  • The activities needed to establish and maintain a BCMS.
  • Why and how the scope of a BCMS should be defined.
  • The purpose of a business continuity policy and how to develop an effective policy.
  • The role and features of effective business continuity governance and know how to establish governance.
At the end of Module 2, you will understand:
  • The difference between embracing and embedding business continuity.
  • The importance of organisational culture and how to develop understanding of an organisation’s culture.
  • The importance and characteristics of an organisation’s business continuity culture.
  • Why it is important to improve an organisation’s business continuity culture and understand the approaches that can be used to achieve this.
  • Why and how business continuity culture should be measured.
  • The benefits and outcomes of embracing business continuity management and the importance of ongoing monitoring and maintenance activities.
At the end of Module 3, you will understand:
  • The purpose and use of the primary techniques of analysis, Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Risk Assessment (RA).
  • The different types of BIA and the generic activities undertaken to develop a BIA.
  • The MTPD and recovery time objective RTO, and how these are determined.
  • The purpose of the product and service BIA, the process BIA and the activity BIA and the process to carry out the analysis.
  • The content, approval and use of a consolidated BIA.
  • Risk assessment in the contact of the BCMS.
At the end of Module 4, you will understand:
  • The purpose of business continuity strategy and solutions design.
  • How recovery strategies and solutions are developed.
  • The strategies and solutions that can be used in relation to different resources and RTO categories.
  • How unacceptable risks and single points of failure are mitigated.
At the end of Module 5, you will understand:
  • The purpose of Enabling Solutions and understand the main activities.
  • How to implement a solution.
  • How a response structure is established.
  • The factors affecting communications when responding to incidents and understand relevant procedures to be applied.
  • How business continuity plans are developed and managed.
  • The purpose and characteristics of strategic, tactical and operational business continuity plans.
At the end of Module 6, you will understand:
  • The purpose and importance of validation.
  • Why and how exercise programmes are developed and understand the different types of exercise that can be utilised.
  • How a single exercise should be developed, conducted and evaluated.
  • How a business continuity management system should be maintained.
  • Why and how a business continuity management system should be reviewed.

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 1
09:00 - 09:15
09:15 - 10:45
Module 1: PP1 – Establishing a Business Continuity Management System
- Establishing a BCMS - Defining the Scope of the BCMS
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Module 1: PP1 – Establishing a Business Continuity Management System (Continued)
- Establishing the BC Policy - Establishing Governance
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Module 2: PP2 - Embracing Business Continuity
- Understanding the Organisation's Culture - Understanding the BC Culture - Indicators of Executive Management Embracing BC
15:00 - 15:15
15:15 - 16:30
Module 2: PP2 - Embracing Business Continuity (Continued)
- Improving the Organisation's BC Culture - Measuring the Organisation's BC Culture - Outcomes and Benefits of Embracing BC
16:30 - 17:00
Review of Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Please note, timings are indicative and exact timings may vary due to delegate experience and their interest in certain topics. The course may finish earlier if all topics have been covered.

Course Benefits

  • Teaches you not just the ‘what’ to do, but also the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ of good business continuity practice
  • Equips you with the knowledge and understanding you require to be able to practice business continuity
  • Provides an accepted benchmark against which the technical and professional competency of business continuity professionals can be effectively measured and examine
  • Provides practical insights to good business continuity practice and expertise by learning from some of the best business continuity 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 the CBCI Certification Course will contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Further information can be found on the BCI’s website here.

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.

Exam FAQs

Is the CBCI exam an online or paper format?

The CBCI exam is taken online individually.

Is the cost of the exam included in the cost of the CBCI Certification Course?

The cost of the CBCI exam is not included in the cost of the course, it is a further £425.00 + VAT.

Why take the CBCI 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 CBCI exam, you are entitled to use the post-nominal credential of CBCI.

When can I take the CBCI exam?

The online CBCI exam can be purchased 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 their training course and will be sent an email by the BCI’s proctoring company during their CBCI course to schedule their online exam at a date/time convenient to them. You will have 60 days to sit your exam upon receiving your exam email and you will be able to see proctor availability for all 60 days. 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.

What does the CBCI exam consist of?

The CBCI exam is a 90 minute exam that consists of 90 multiple choice questions and is designed to test candidates’ understanding of the CBCI course content. All six professional practices are assessed in the exam, with each unit carrying equal marks. An additional 30 minutes time may be granted to those who are non-native English speakers or have learning difficulties, but evidence must be provided to the BCI and the extra time must be approved prior to the exam. To pass the examination, candidates must answer at least 63 questions correctly. Candidates who answer 77 or more questions correctly will pass with merit.

What language can I sit the CBCI exam in?

The online CBCI exam is currently only available in English. Delegates will automatically be signed up to the English exam, so please let us know if you require a different language that is listed.

What are the technical requirements for the CBCI online exam?

Further information on the exam, including technical requirements, can be found in the Candidate Information Pack.

How can I prepare for the CBCI exam?

Those sitting the CBCI exam will need a copy of the Good Practice Guidelines Edition 7.0 (a free watermarked non-printable electronic copy is included with CBCI courses), as the exam is based on the GPG. The Online Mock CBCI Exam Questions are also a useful revision tool for the exam. The BCI recommend a minimum of 24 hours of individual study prior to the exam.

Can exam answers be changed or reviewed at the end?

During the exam, you will be able to flag questions to return to them later. However, once the allotted testing time has expired, or you exit the exam, you cannot see or review those questions again.

What happens after completing the CBCI exam?

Once you have completed the CBCI 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.

What are the next steps after passing the CBCI exam?

After passing the exam, your CBCI certification is valid for three years. You will also become a CBCI member and eligible to use the CBCI membership post-nominal. The first year of CBCI membership will be free courtesy of the BCI. To continue your CBCI membership and the use of the CBCI post-nominal, you’ll need to pay an annual CBCI membership fee due on the anniversary of you passing the exam. The BCI encourage all CBCI members to progress to more senior levels of BCI membership. For most, this will happen within three years. If you have not progressed after three years your CBCI membership will be downgraded to Affiliate status, and you’ll lose access to some of the membership benefits.

Anyone who has passed the CBCI exam and let their membership lapse can return as an Affiliate, or apply directly for AMBCI or MBCI. No back fees are payable, membership will just start from the day of rejoining and will be renewable in a years’ time. Anyone who has passed the CBCI exam from when it was launched in 2008 to date, never has to resit the CBCI exam again.

In-House Options

If you would like the CBCI Certification Course delivered privately for your organisation, either in person at your organisation’s premises or live online, please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email


“James McAlister [was] positive, enthusiastic, responsive to the needs of the group, knowledgeable, professional, timely.”

Esther Dainton

HM Prison and Probation Service

“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

“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


“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

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

David Casas

Banc Sabadell
“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

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