The BCI Exercise Planning Course

The Business Continuity Institute

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2 days
Classroom-based, Instructor-led

This course is designed for those business continuity professionals who have been tasked with developing, managing and maintaining an exercise programme within their organization.

The success of any Business Continuity Management Programme depends entirely on organizational capability to respond effectively when an incident occurs.  Exercising ensures the Business Continuity Plan(s) remain up to date and relevant; and ensures that those people involved in the response and recovery process, know and understand what is expected of them.

Having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) without any exercising is like owning a car and not being able to drive it – effectively it becomes useless!

This course equips the business continuity professional with the tools, skills and knowledge required to develop, manage and maintain a programme of exercises that can be used to validate the effectiveness of the Business Continuity Plan.

What does this course cover?
The course comprises seven clearly defined modules, each following a structure that is designed to reinforce key points through group discussions and summaries of key principles.

Module One

The purpose of exercising

Module Two

Developing policy; creating a test and exercise programme

Module Three

How to plan an exercise

Module Four

How to deliver an exercise

Module Five

Developing an exercise (practical)

Module Six

Delivering the exercise (practical)

Module Seven

Debriefing and Reporting

The course is classroom-based enabling individuals to benefit from an interactive learning environment with hands-on practical experience as well as peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
To ensure that individuals get the maximum benefit from this course, a familiarity with BC programme planning and terminology is recommended.