Whether you are new to the industry, or a seasoned veteran certification adds prestige to you, your organization and employees. Your certification shows that you are committed to the field of business continuity. It also promotes your organization as forward thinking and committed to professional development in key areas. Certification provides training in a commonly accepted body of knowledge and business continuity planning strategy that have been developed and used successfully by many organizations.
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to provide opportunities to obtain guidance and support from fellow professionals. The Institute provides an internationally recognized status in relation to the individuals experience as a continuity practitioner. The BCI has over 2000 members in 50+ countries.
The wider role of the BCI is to promote the highest standards of professional competence and commercial ethics in the provision and maintenance of business continuity planning and services.
The main method of entry into the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) is by Certification through a Structured Interview. The Certification process is based upon a set of 10 Certification Standards for Business Continuity Practitioners. These Standards are reviewed annually by the BCI to ensure they continue to be current.
The BCI offers the following certifications:
DRI International is an independent, non-profit corporation that provides education programs and promotes international standards in business continuity planning. DRI International also provides an internationally recognized certification program for qualified professionals encompassing four levels of certification based on the individual's knowledge and experience.
DRI International certifies individuals and provides various levels of active professional certification in a number of areas. Our certifications are the standards of excellence in business continuity management whether you are a practitioner, vendor or auditor. Certifications acknowledge an individual's effort to achieve a professional level of competency in the industry. While individuals' motives may vary, there are numerous reasons for seeking certification including personal and professional satisfaction, employer recognition and financial gain.
DRI International offers the following certifications:
- Associate Business Continuity Professional
- Certified Functional Continuity Professional
- Certified Business Continuity Professional
- Certified Business Continuity Vendor
Public Sector Continuity
- Associate Healthcare Provider Continuity Professional
- Certified Healthcare Provider Continuity Professional
Degree and Certificate Programs
Institute of Emergency Administration & Planning, University of North Texas
EADP is a part of the Department of Public Administration. Formed in 1983, EADP is the pioneer resident degree program in emergency management in the U.S. Since, 1983 more than 400 students have graduated from this program. Recent placements of graduates includes emergency management agencies, Red Cross chapters, and many others.
International Hurricane Research Center, Florida International University
Florida International University and the International Hurricane Center now offer a Certificate Program in Emergency Management and Hazard Mitigation that consist of 5 separate two-day seminars. Individual seminars are offered about every other week so that the program can be completed in 90 days.
Disaster Management Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Disaster Management Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison's goal is to help improve the emergency management performance of non-governmental organizations, local and national governments, and international organizations, through a comprehensive professional development program in disaster management. Distance learning is the principal approach for this international program.