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Higher Education Initiative Business Continuity Management
Duration: Semester


The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Professionals are defined as the skills, knowledge and procedures BC professionals need to lead a BC planning effort. The course is designed to include 45 hours of instruction followed by the Qualifying Examination.
The exact schedule will depend on the individual institution. Course topics include BCP methodology; developing plan goals and objectives; data gathering; incorporating human resources; integrating alternative strategies for catastrophic event response and recovery; developing training/testing programs; creating plan products; and maintaining BCP relevancy. Other topics discussed are designing public relations/crisis communications strategies, coordinating efforts with public authorities and establishing emergency preparedness and response procedures.


Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:
- Define acronyms and terminology in the business continuity industry.
- Recall the roles of the business continuity planner and executive management team in developing, testing and maintaining business continuity plans.
- Recognize the business continuity planning stages and requirements.
- Identify and explain trends in the business continuity field.
- Design effective business continuity/disaster recovery efforts for case study activities through the application of knowledge gained in this class and associated materials.
- Sit for the DRI Qualifying Examination required for certification.


Introduction and overview of the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Practitioners:
1. Business Continuity Management (BCM) Introduction
2. Program Initiation and Management
3. BCM Project Management
4. Risk Assessment
5. Business Impact Analysis
6. Business Continuity Strategies
7. Developing the Plans
8. Test, Exercise, Audit and Maintenance Programs
9. Awareness and Training Programs
10. Crisis Communication
11. Coordinating with External Agencies
12. Qualifying Examination Review