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  • The Diploma in Business Continuity Management program is the most comprehensive course available online anywhere. It is intended, and recommended, for someone new to BCM who needs a quick, thorough grounding in the principles and methodologies of Business Continuity Planning. It is accredited by the National Institute for Business Continuity Management as being equivalent to 2 years of on-the-job training.

    The program integrates both international and national standards. The course fee includes the CCM exam, for those who are interested in obtaining professional certification, plus exam prep materials.

    It utilizes instructor-led lectures (all lessons have audio voiceover), case study exercises, and presents 20 individual lessons of an hour each (including a Mid-Course and Final Exam), with optional lesson quizzes and assignments. It normally requires a minimum of 25 hours to complete.

    Successful participants qualify for the Certified Continuity Manager (CCM) designation in addition to our Diploma in BCM.

    This course includes the same material used in the 3-day ECP-601: Effective Business Continuity Management workshop, offered by the Institute for Business Continuity Training (wwww.IBCT.com).

    The course covers all six Elements of the BCM Life Cycle, training participants in 'best practices' as well as 'best principles' of Business Continuity Management. Participants receive the knowledge and tools needed to develop a business continuity program for their organization.

    You have unlimited access to the course and download materials, including all updates.

    Our guarantee includes the promise that should you not pass the CCM exam in the first try, IBCT will pay for any subsequent attempts until you do succeed.


    The Course includes the following lessons:

    Lesson 1 - Introduction to BCP
    This lesson presents a brief overview of the history of BCP and the BCP profession.

    Lesson 2 - Overview of the BCM Lifecycle
    In this lesson we will look at an overview of the Six Elements of the BCM lifecycle.

    Lesson 3 - Overview of Effective BC Planning
    In this lesson we will look at an overview of an Effective Business Continuity Plan capability.

    Lesson 4 - Element 1: BCM Program Management
    Lesson 4 includes a review of Element 1 of the BCM Lifecycle: BCM Program Management.

    Lesson 5 - Element 2: Understanding the Organization
    Lesson 5 includes a review of Element 2: Understanding the Organization with a special emphasis on the first aspect of this element: Risk Assessment

    Lesson 6 - Element 2: Understanding the Organization
    Lesson 6 continues on with Element 2. In this lesson, we look at Business Impact Analysis:

    Lesson 7 - Element 3: BCM Strategy Selection
    Lesson 7 looks at Element 3 - BCM Strategy Selection.

    Lesson 8 - Element 3: BCM Strategy Selection 2
    Lesson 8 continues our look at Element 3 - BCM Strategy Selection.

    Lesson 9: Element 3: BCM Strategy: Computer Recovery
    Lesson 9 looks at Element 3 - BCM Strategy Selection: Computer Recovery.

    Lesson 10: Mid-Course CCM Exam
    The Mid-Course CCM Exam is comprised of 50 questions, selected from the lesson quizzes. You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam. You can take up to 2 attempts to achieve a score of 70% or better. Individuals who score 70% or higher on this exam, and on the End-of-Course CCM exam in Lesson 20, will be exempt form having to sit for the formal CCM exam offered elsewhere on this website.

    Lesson 11 - Element 4 - Developing a BCM Response
    In Lesson 11 we begin our look at Element 4 - Developing and Implementing a BCM Response. This lesson also looks at how to Fast Track the development of a BCP.

    Lesson 12 - BCM Response
    Lesson 12 continues our look at Element 4 - Developing and Implementing a BCM Response.

    Lesson 13 - BCM Response
    Lesson 13 continues our look at Element 4 - Developing and Implementing a BCM Response.

    Lesson 14 - BCM Response
    Lesson 14 we concludes our look at Element 4 - Developing and Implementing a BCM Response. In particular, we examine the Business Resumption Plan component of a BCP - indeed, the very heart and soul of the BCP.

    Lesson 15 - Exercising, Maintaining, Reviewing
    In Lesson 15 we begin our look at Element 5 - Exercising, Maintaining and Reviewing.

    Lesson 16 - Exercising, Maintaining, Reviewing
    Lesson 16 concludes our look at Element 5 - Exercising, Maintaining and Reviewing.

    Lesson 17 - Embedding the BCM
    Lesson 17 looks at Element 6 - Embedding BCM in the Organization's Culture.

    Lesson 18 - BCP Best Practices
    In Lesson 18, we come full circle in the BCMS Lifecycle and look at Element 1 - BCM Management as a segway to a review of BCP Common Practices and Best Practices.

    Lesson 19 - BCM Review
    This lesson is a review of the course and offers a Practice Exam to get you prepared for the Final Exam.

    Lesson 20: End-of-Course CCM Exam
    This is the End-of-Course Certified Continuity Manager Exam. It is comprised of 50 questions, selected from the lesson quizzes. You will have up to 60 minutes to complete the exam. You will have 2 attempts to score your highest mark. Participants who receive a mark of 70% or higher on BOTH the Mid-Course and End-of-Course CCM exams will be exempt from being required to sit the formal CCM exam offered elsewhere on this website.

  • This is our NEW Diploma in Business Continuity Management online course, based on the new international Business Continuity standard, ISO 22301.

    This course is intended for someone experienced in BCM, or for someone who requires specific knowledge of the new International Standard ISO 22301.

    It includes material similar to the Diploma course "ECP-601: Implementing ISO 22301" offered by the Institute for Business Continuity Training www.IBCT.com minus the Instructor lectures.This course includes the CCM exam (ISO 22301 Specialist).

    The course covers all 4 areas of the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" cycle used by ISO 22301, training participants in "best practices" as well as "best principles" for Business Continuity Planning. Participants receive the knowledge and tools needed to develop a business continuity program for their organization.

    Participants who complete this online course are awarded our Diploma in Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301 Specialist).

    This is an exceptionally comprehensive course and you should plan to spend at least 25 hours in study. It is organized into 5 individual lessons which you can study (and re-study) at your own pace.

    The course includes a Practice Exam for the CCM, as well as the CCM Exam (ISO 22301 Specialist) itself.


  • This is the professional exam for the Certified Continuity Manager (CCM) designation. The CCM is one of the professional designations offered by the National Institute for Business Continuity Management (NIBCM.org).
    This exam is comprised of 100 Multiple Choice and T/F questions.You have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
    In order to obtain the CCM designation, you must obtain a pass mark of at least 70%. In addition, you must have successfully completed a comprehensive course of studies in BCP or COOP of a significant duration, or have at least 2 years of BCP/COOP related work experience.
    Once registered for this exam, you will have two attempts to achieve your needed score (70% for CCM). If you have not achieved the needed score by the second attempt, you will have to re-register to re-take the exam at a later date.
    This exam also includes a Practice Exam, to help you prepare for the actual CCM exam.

  • This is the professional exam for the Certified Continuity Manager (CCM) designation. The CCM is one of the professional designations offered by the National Institute for Business Continuity Management (NIBCM.org).
    This exam is comprised of 100 Multiple Choice and T/F questions, based primarily on ISO 22301.You have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
    In order to obtain the CCM designation, you must obtain a pass mark of at least 70%. In addition, you must have successfully completed a comprehensive course of studies in BCP or COOP of a significant duration, or have at least 2 years of BCP/COOP related work experience.
    Once registered for this exam, you will have two attempts to achieve your needed score (70% for CCM). If you have not achieved the needed score by the second attempt, you will have to re-register to re-take the exam at a later date.
    This exam also includes a Practice Exam, to help you prepare for the actual CCM exam.
    If you have taken an IBCT course, IBCT guarantees to pay for any subsequent retakes of this exam if necessary. Otherwise, you are required to pay for each retake.
    When you have completed the exam, please contact mbittle@IBCT.com.

  • This is the professional exam for the Associate Continuity Manager (ACM) certification offered by the National Institute for Business Continuity Management (NIBCM.org).

    The ACM exam consists of 50 questions (T/F and Multiple Choice) and is 90 minutes in length. For the ACM designation, a pass mark of 50% must be received.

    You will have two attempts to achieve your needed score. If you have not achieved the needed score (50% for ACM) by the second attempt, you will have to re-register for the exam.