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BCI Designing and Delivering Effective Exercises (Live Online)

This BCI Designing and Delivering Effective Exercises course aims to provide an understanding of how to design, facilitate and report on exercises for crisis, emergency and business continuity management programmes.
2 Days
£1,050.00 + VAT 

What’s included?

  • Electronic course slides
  • Electronic certificate of attendance


Course Description 

This two day BCI Designing and Delivering Effective Exercises course comes complete with course slides and a workbook that contains exercises to be completed throughout the course and other complimentary resources. The course is based on the Good Practice Guidelines Edition 7.0 and reflects current International Standards in business continuity.

This BCI training course is delivered as a two day, live online training course by an approved BCI tutor. Scheduled breaks will be provided within each session. During the course, delegates will be able to use their microphones to take part in discussions and ask the tutor any questions, there is also the option to use a webcam too. Interactivity features used during the training may include the use of breakout sessions for group work, polls and quizzes. The course is delivered via GoToTraining.

The Good Practice Guidelines Edition 7.0 is the recommended reading for this course. A free watermarked and 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 timings for this training are 9am-4pm UK time.

The cost of this course (ex VAT) is £1,050.00 / €1,250.00 / $1,400.00.

Course Modules

Module 1 - The Value of Exercise Programmes

This module explores the value that conducting exercises as part of a programme brings in terms of enhancing capability over time, defines what is meant by ‘test’ and ‘exercise’ and explores design team resource.

Module 2 - Exercise Design

This module looks at the importance of being clear about the purpose for each exercise, the format to be employed and the risks posed.

Module 3 - Exercise Scenario

This module explores how to develop a realistic scenario or story that will enable the aim and objectives to be evaluated through the format mix that has been selected.

Module 4 - Exercise Preparation

This module considers the roles, documentation, resources and communications required to deliver exercises.

Module 5 - Exercise Delivery and Reporting

This module explores delivering the exercise and the requirements for evaluating exercises and reporting the results.

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 1
09:00 - 09:15
09:15 - 10:30
Module 1 - The Value of Exercise Programmes
By the end of this module, delegates will: - Appreciate how exercise programmes support the policy by validating plans over time and promoting continual improvement - Be able to establish the place for exercises in the BCM Lifecycle - Be able to define tests and exercises - Understand the difference between plans only and capability of teams and equipment - Understand the resource required to design exercises
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
Module 1 continued
11:00 - 12:00
Module 2 - Exercise Design
By the end of this module, delegates will: - Understand why it is important to establish the aim and objectives - Appreciate how the aim and objectives influence evaluation - Understand what types of exercises are available - Be able to describe the pros and cons of each type of exercise - Know how to combine types of exercises to achieve the aim and objectives - Be able to identify and treat risks relating to the exercise programme
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45
Module 2 continued
13:45 - 14:30
Module 3 - Exercise Scenario
By the end of this module, delegates will: - Appreciate the function of the scenario in achieving the aims and objectives - Be able to link the scenario to the validation of the objectives - Explore ways of presenting and controlling the scenario - Consider how to bring 'atmospherics' to the scenario to enhance realism
14:30 - 14:45
14:45 - 15:45
Module 3 continued
15:45 - 16:00
Review of Day 1
Day 2

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

By the end of the BCI Designing and Delivering Effective Exercises course, delegates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the rationale for validating plans and the value this brings
  • Apply good practice to exercise programmes
  • Select appropriate exercise aims, objectives and formats
  • Explore the development of realistic scenarios to engage participants and achieve the aim
  • Understand how to resource and co-ordinate delivery
  • Carry out post exercise evaluations and report lessons
  • Leave with an exercise concept that can be delivered within the organisation

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

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 delegates have a minimum of a CBCI or equivalent credential with experience of working in a continuity and resilience related role.

In-House Options

If you would like this BCI Designing and Delivering Effective Exercises training course delivered privately for your organisation, please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email

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