Business Continuity Institute Begins Quarterly

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<strong>Vienna, Va. &mdash; Oct. 3</strong><br />The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), which sets and validates standards of professional competence and ethics in business continuity management, has started its first quarterly BCI Certificate exam opportunities, as well as new five-day training courses for business continuity professionals worldwide.<br /><br />Based on its Good Practice Guidelines, the BCI Certificate exam is part of a rigorous process for business continuity professionals who wish to acquire one of three BCI credential grades: Associate, Specialist and Member. <br /><br />The BCI certificate exam is available Monday through Friday throughout of October at dozens of testing centers throughout North America, as well as centers in London, Melbourne, Australia, and Hong Kong.  <br /><br />The BCI Certificate exam will only be made available one month out of each quarter during the year. The next exam opportunities will be available in January 2008.<br /><br />This month BCI also launches its five-day live training courses for business continuity professionals.  <br /><br />Like the previously announced BCI e-learning program, the classroom-based training is based on the six elements of the Good Practice Guidelines, developed by BCI and which incorporate the British Standard BS25999 on managing business continuity. <br /><br />In addition, the BCI Certificate program helps meet the objectives of the recently established HR 1 Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.<br /><br />HR 1 requires the formation of private sector advisory councils to support business disaster and continuity preparedness standards and to develop a program to certify the preparedness of businesses.<br /><br />&ldquo;The BCI Certificate program was created to validate the knowledge and expertise of business continuity professionals all over the world so they can be trusted to sustain organizations through man-made and natural disasters large and small,&rdquo; said Lorraine Darke, BCI membership director. &ldquo;The five-day training courses were added in response to demand from professionals who prefer the in-class experience with an instructor present.&rdquo;

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