Frequently Asked Questions

Is the cost of the BCI Certificate Exam included in the BCI Good Practice Guidelines course price?

The cost of the exam is not included in the course fee. The cost of the exam is £400. This includes a £50 admin fee.

Is there accommodation provided with the Business Continuity Training courses?

Business Continuity Training courses are non-residential.

Do I pay VAT if I am based outside of the UK?

The new VAT ruling that came in January 2011 means that if you are from outside the UK you will not need to pay VAT.

What preparation should I do before the BCI Good Practice Guidelines course?

We would recommend reading through the Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines 2018.

How much preparation do I need to do before the BCI Certificate Exam?

This is dependent on how you like to learn, but most students read through their notes each night of the course and carry out 2-3 hours revision on the Thursday night of the course in preparation for the exam on Friday.

What preparation should I do before the specialist skills course?

We would advise that the student already have taken the BCI Good Practice Guidelines course, or to have a solid base in business continuity. Students who take the Specialist Skills BC course should be looking to solidify their knowledge and also make sure that they are sufficently trained if there is ever a need for the training in real life.

How do we know if we have a good business continuity plan?

BC Training have an article on how to find out if you have a good BC plan, to read it click here.

What is Business Continuity?

BC Training have written a short article to answer this question, to read it click here.

How do you go about implementing Business Continuity?

  BC Training has written a small article with 13 steps to implementing Business Continuity. To read it click here.

Are there standard Terms & Conditions that apply to the course bookings?

Yes, a full set of T+C's can be found here and should be read and understood before applying.

Are the courses suitable for those whose first language is not English?

Yes, we have students from Europe, Africa and the Middle East attending the courses. All have enjoyed the courses and the majority have passed the exam including a number who have passed with merit. Students may ask for an extra 30 minutes during the exam if their first language is not English.

Are the courses we provide residential?

No, the course is five consecutive working days. BC Training run the course throughout the UK and Ireland so many students are able to commute from home to the course. Other students and overseas students may prefer to stay at the venue hotel or a nearby hotel if the venue does not provide accommodation.

What should I bring with me to the BCI Good Practice Guidelines course?

A copy of the Good Practice Guidelines 2018 is essential to bring to the course. We recommend taking a pen and pad to take notes. Some
students find it useful to bring a copy of ISO 22301 the British Standard for business continuity. Students may also bring a copy of their internal business continuity documents to compare with what they have learned on the course.

How many people are there on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines course?

BC Training has a maximum of 15 students per course and most courses run with between 10 and 12 students.

Do I need to take the BCI Certificate Exam?

No, the exam is not an essential part of the course. You can take it at an alternative date, online, or not at all.

Can I just take the BCI exam?

Yes.

Can I fail the BCI Certificate Exam and if so what is the pass mark?

Occasionally our students fail the course but this is very rare. The exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions. All questions are weighted and some have different values when answered correctly. The examination is based on a scaled score of 0-500. The pass mark required is 380 and a pass with MERIT requires a score of 425 or higher.

How do I apply for a course?

Students can apply online by clicking here.

What is the style of teaching?

A mixture of styles will be used through the course. An important part of BCT courses is to ensure that students get lots of opportunity to
practice the skills they have learned during training and get ‘hands on experience’. Each day starts with a short exercise based around the previous days training and each day includes a series of student exercises. This is done using our worked example VIA-C. At the end of each module there are practice questions which help prepare the students for the exam. All our Tutors have extensive experience of business continuity and students are encouraged to make best use of the tutor’s experiences.

Who will be my tutor?

BC Training have a pool of experienced tutors and we primarily use tutors local to the training location in order to bring local flavour and experience
to the training. BC Training rotate their tutors to ensure any one tutor does not teach too many courses to ensure their training does not become
‘stale’. If you want to know who is teaching your particular course please visit the courses page.

What are the timings of the BCI Good Practice Guidelines training?

Training will start at 09:00 each day and will finish at about 17:00. There are usually two fifteen minute breaks; one in the afternoon and one in the morning and an hour for lunch. There is some flexibility on the time (e.g. only taking 45 minutes for lunch) and this can be discussed with your tutor during the course. On Friday, the examination will run from 09:00 to 11:00 and after this students will be free to leave.

Are refreshments and lunch provided on the training courses?

There is coffee and tea available at the start of each day and during breaks. A cooked lunch is also provided.

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