Course Overview

This course will help students understand how to determine their organisation’s existing level of Business Continuity Management (BCM) programme maturity, and to prepare for, write and execute an assessment or audit.

This BCI training course is delivered as a one 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.

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

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
  • Certificate of attendance
Back to top

Details & Programme

Validation is a key part of the BCM Lifecycle. The process of validation provides assurance that your plans and capabilities remain current and fit for purpose and identifies any areas for improvement.

This course will explore how to develop a comprehensive exercise programme to ensure that all elements of the BCM Lifecycle are validated.

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

Course Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Validation

  • Standards and Guidelines
  • Validation
  • Continual Improvement
  • PDCA

Module 2 - Validation within the Business Continuity Lifecycle

  • BCM Programme inputs
  • Annual Programme
  • Policy and Programme Management
  • Analysis
  • Design Implementation
  • Validation

Module 3 - Developing an exercise programme

  • Exercise planning
  • Types of exercise

Module 4 – Maintenance and Review

  • Maintenance
  • Programme Outputs
  • Review

Module 5 – Conducting an Assessment

  • Conducting an assessment
  • What are you going to assess?
  • Scope of assessment
  • What should you assess against?
  • Developing the assessment
  • Assessment Criteria
  • Preparing for an assessment
Back to top

Course Benefits

  • Explain the elements which make up validation activities
  • Describe how validation can be carried out on each element of the BCM Lifecycle
  • Demonstrate an understanding of continuous improvement and be able to evaluate its implementation
  • Plan an exercise programme
  • Design, prepare and conduct an evaluation of a BCM programme
Back to top

Who Should Attend?

  • Business continuity and resilience professionals who are responsible for validating BCM programmes.
  • It is recommended that students have a minimum of a CBCI or equivalent credential with experience working in a continuity and resilience related role.
Back to top

In-house Options

If you would like this training delivered for your organisation only, please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email

Back to top

Sign-up to our weekly bulletin

Twitter feed

Once COVID-19 is over, should we have a written pandemic plan? – A debate

Should you have a pandemic plan in place? Join the debate.

22 January 2021

“Gillian [Logie] presented excellently and there was a good mixture of theory and practical application. I enjoyed the course.”

Derek McNeill
Hymans Robertson
View further testimonials