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Certified Business Continuity Vendor (CBCV)

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The elite CBCV designation was created for vendors who recognize the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery best practices – those with the same level of commitment to the resilience profession as the clients they serve. Holding a CBCV gives your clients a level of confidence that you know exactly what they deal with on the job, and tells them you know how best to meet their needs. This certification is also valuable for former DRI Certified Professionals who have moved into management positions, or are otherwise no longer active business continuity practitioners, but still recognize the attraction of keeping a DRI certification. Because there are no Certified Education Activity Points required, it’s easy to maintain your certification.


The Certification Process

The CBCV designation is for individuals with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who are non-practitioners within an organization; rather they provide services to the industry and have acquired the necessary experience for certification.

Any certified professional holding the active status of ABCP, CFCP, CBCP, or MBCP may enhance their certification by completing the application requirements for CBCV. Those wishing to remain at the CBCV level of certification need only to pay their annual fee to maintain the active status of their certification.

CBCV Certification Details

Prerequisite Exam
Prerequisite Course
Application Fee
Annual Renewal Fee
Years of Experience
Subject Matter Area Essays (SMEs)
References Required
2 per subject matter area
Waivers Available
CBCV Flowchart

To apply for CBCV certification, all applicants must:

  1. Possess at least two years of significant, practical experience.
  2. Pass the Qualifying Examination with a minimum score of 75%.
  3. After receiving notification of a passing score, complete the Online Application for Professional Certification by logging into your DRI account.
  4. Provide references to confirm your experience. Experience must have occurred within a ten-year period from your application date.

Important Note : If you already hold a DRI certification in good standing, you are not required to re-take the exam. Inform your references about your application. Ask for their prompt assistance when DRI International requests validation of your experience and subject area pages. Incomplete applications cause delays in the process, and we may require additional steps and requests from you for additional information.

Once your references have documented your experience, the commissioners will review your application. This review may also prompt the commissioners to contact you for additional information.

About References

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of at least two individuals who can document their experience in each subject area. The total number of references you provide can be as few as two (if both references can attest to all your required subject areas), or many more (if different references are provided for each of your required subject areas). Additional references may be provided to save processing time in case; if the first two references cannot provide verification from the first two.

List all the references you need to document your minimum two years of the required experience. Some individuals will list several, while others may list only two. Just make sure that the references you select can verify a minimum of two (2) years of your business continuity experience. For additional details regarding certification levels and recertification requirements, please go to the , 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 along with usage requirements for the CBCV logo and service marks. If you are not approved and wish to re-apply, contact the Customer Care Center (+1-866-542-3744) 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 CBCV.