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Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP)

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The Associate Business Continuity Professional certification is for those who are new to our industry. ABCP certification supports entry-level proficiency with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who have not yet acquired a great deal of experience in the field. Starting your career path in business continuity management through ABCP certification demonstrates to your peers, colleagues and management that professionalism within the industry is your goal.

The Certification Process

The ABCP level is for individuals with less than two years of industry experience, but who have minimum knowledge in business continuity management, and have successfully passed the Qualifying Exam. ABCP is for individuals with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who have not yet acquired the necessary experience for certification at a higher level.

This certification designation also targets interested individuals who have expertise in a related field (such as marketing, or emergency response) or in fields not directly related to business continuity planning. Any Certified Professional holding the active status of ABCP may at anytime enhance their certification to CBCV, CFCP, CBCP, or MBCP by completing the application requirements for CFCP, CBCP, or MBCP, as well as the additional test/work requirements for MBCP. The application must conform to all the requirements applicable to the desired certification level. Those wishing to remain at the ABCP level of certification need only to pay their annual fee to maintain the active status of their certification.

ABCP Certification Details

Prerequisite Exam
Prerequisite Course
Application Fee
Annual Renewal Fee
Years of Experience
Subject Matter Area Essays (SMEs)
References Required
Waivers Available
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To apply for ABCP certification, all applicants must:

  1. Pass the Qualifying Examination with a minimum score of 75%.
  2. After receiving notification of a passing score, complete the Online Application for Professional Certification by logging into your DRI account.

About References

There are no references required for this level of certification. For additional details regarding certification levels and recertification requirements, please go to the FAQ section, email driinfo@drii.org or call +1-866-542-3744.

Important Note: This entire process can take several weeks. DRI International contacts all applicants upon approval. Once approved, professional certification status and recertification period documents are provided. If you are not approved and wish to re-apply, contact the Certification Department for additional information on how to re-apply.

Applicants are reminded that all course, exam, and results materials are confidential and should not be shared online or with other certified professionals. Sharing exam materials may result in revocation of existing certification credentials and possible legal action. All Certified Professionals must comply with the DRI International Code of Ethics to remain in good standing.

Certification Maintenance

Recertification is required for all certification levels. Regular recertification requires an ongoing commitment to continuing education and industry activities. There is a yearly maintenance fee for all certification levels. There are no CEAPs required for ABCP.