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Auditing a Business Continuity Program: NFPA 1600



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$ 2,950

Note: You will have the option to add the relevant certification application fee to this price at the point of registration.




Moved Online - New York
United States


4 Days (4 full days of instruction 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Examination online at your leisure)
Audit Examination – NFPA 1600 (2.5 hours)
32 Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs) may be awarded towards recertification if applicable.
The cost of this course includes both the course and the exam.

A certificate of completion for the course will only be delivered once the exam is completed and payment has been received. Exam results will then be released.


This course provides education, hands-on experience using a case study, and a guide to perform audits of business continuity, emergency management, and crisis management programs using NFPA 1600, 2019 edition.

Auditing business continuity, emergency management, and crisis management programs using a recognized international standard is the best method to identify opportunities to enhance and improve performance. Aspects of emergency management are required by regulations for many industries, and more stringent requirements apply to facilities with significant hazards or with many occupants at risk. Auditing supplier programs is a requirement for some industries. A strong business continuity, emergency management, and crisis management program is a must for organizations with low tolerance for property, business interruption, environmental, and reputational risk, as well as those seeking to enhance organizational resilience.

DRI’s NFPA 1600-based audit course is designed for business continuity, emergency management, crisis management, and communications professionals, environmental health and safety professionals, security managers, facilities managers, risk managers, internal auditors, and consultants who audit these programs.

The course provides the foundation for auditing—the collection of evidence using interviews, reviewing documents, and surveying properties as well as the use of NFPA 1600 as criteria to evaluate each aspect of a business continuity, emergency management, and crisis management program.
The course begins with the basics of auditing using Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework. Developing an audit work plan beginning with assembling a team, researching applicable requirements, requesting documents for review, and scheduling site surveys and interviews is covered, along with an overview of NFPA 1600.

The overview is followed by 14 lessons providing explanations of NFPA 1600’s requirements, auditing techniques, and evidence of conformity. Each lesson includes interactive class activities and hands-on auditing of a hypothetical company using NFPA 1600 as criteria. Students compile audit findings during each of these lessons.

The course wraps up with report writing, including an extended class activity with students organizing findings from all lessons, prioritizing their recommendations, developing an auditor’s opinion on conformity of the case study program to NFPA 1600, and presenting their opinion and recommendations to the instructor.

Course materials include a comprehensive audit guide for student use when preparing for and conducting an audit. The audit guide identifies documents to review, people to interview, questions to ask, regulations, best practices, and more in-depth guidance. Review of a practice exam is the final class lesson designed to prepare students for the qualifying exam.

Topic areas
- Program management (leadership and commitment, program coordinator, performance objectives, program committee, program administration, laws and authorities, finance and administration, records management)
- Planning (planning and design process, risk assessment, business impact analysis, resource needs assessment)
- Implementation (common plan requirements, prevention, mitigation, crisis, management, crisis communications, warning, notifications, and communications, operational procedures, incident management, emergency operations/response plan, continuity and recovery, employee assistance and support)
- Plan execution
- Training and education
- Exercises and tests
- Program maintenance and improvement (program reviews, corrective action, continuous improvement)
- Auditing fundamentals include planning an audit, gathering evidence, determining findings, developing an auditor’s opinion of conformity, and compiling an audit report.


1. Understand the requirements of an emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management program as defined by NFPA 1600.
2. Understand fundamental auditing requirements from IIA.
3. Define the role of an auditor to develop an audit plan.
4. Identify the tasks to conduct an audit including reviewing documents, interviewing, and surveying facilities.
5. Define reporting requirements including identifying findings, developing an auditor’s opinion on conformity to the audit standard, and preparing recommendation for program improvement.
6. Take the DRI Audit Examination - NFPA 1600


- Introduction
- Auditing basics
- Program management
- Risk assessment
- Business impact analysis
- Prevention and mitigation
- Resource management and needs assessment
- Communications, procedures, and incident management
- Emergency operations/response
- Business continuity and recovery
- Crisis communications and public information
- Employee assistance and support
- Training and education
- Testing and exercises
- Program improvement
- Audit findings, recommendations, and auditor’s opinion
- Exam preparation
- DRI International DRI Audit Examination - NFPA 1600
- Audit Examination - NFPA 1600


For in-person courses:
This course will be held in-person and the exam will be online, at leisure. A computer is required for this course in order for you to take the exam. The system requirements will be sent to you via email together with information about how to access the course materials prior to the start of the course.

For courses held online:
All online courses are held via Zoom and a computer is required for this course. The system requirements will be sent to you via email together with information about how to access the course materials prior to the start of the course. You will also be provided with instructions for how to take the exam online, at leisure following the course.

For international courses:
This course is being hosted by a DRI International partner. To register, you will be asked to provide your contact information and we will put you in touch with the local team for details.

For courses held pre-conference:
This course is being held in-person prior to the DRI Annual Conference at or near the conference venue. You can then attend the conference immediately following your course with an additional registration (separate fee applies).


A computer is required for this course. Your courseware will be available through your account profile 7 days prior to the course start date.

Please contact DRI at 1-866-542-3744 for all questions

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Cancellation Policy

Courses are scheduled subject to a minimum enrollment. If enrollment for a particular course does not meet the minimum, that class is cancelled or rescheduled. If DRI International must cancel a class for any reason, DRI's liability is limited to the paid registration fee. DRI makes every effort to notify registered participants as soon as possible if classes are cancelled.

Registration applies only to the individual named on the registration form. If you want to substitute another individual from the same company, you must contact the course registrar prior to the first day of the course. Rescheduling must occur within twelve months of the originally scheduled course and no more than three course transfers are permitted. Within twelve months, there is no charge for course transfers. If you exceed the allotted twelve months for rescheduling or limit of three course transfers, no refunds will be made.

The following refund policies apply:

  • No refund will be issued if an individual cancels within 14 days of the first day of the course
  • A 50% refund will be issued if an individual cancels within 15-29 days of the first day of the course
  • A full refund will be issued if an individual cancels 30+ days before the first day of the course