To earn the Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) designation, you must pass a multiple choices exam administered by DRII affiliates or by Prometrics. There is only ONE EXAM; your score on the same exam determines your eligibility for certification at a variety of levels – DRII offers FOUR certs now.
The DRII exam maintains a very high standard for the following reasons:
a) To establish their standards on an ISO9000 certification level;
b) To ensure that people who pass the exam do have strong practice knowledge, interest and expertise;
c) To ensure that the credibility for the profession is maintained.
Information and terminology from the 10 Subject Areas of the Professional Practices standard serve as basis for the DRII exam. This exam (which has a new version released in mid-Feb) has a lot of questions that ask for your "best decisions" - of the hundreds of questions you will encounter in the exams, a significant portion of them requires that you pick the best possible options. These best options are often based on experience and best practices not easily found in the standard exam text books.
There are also plenty of questions on concepts and theories. These are the questions quite closely related to the published objectives of the official BOK. They mostly ask for the correct definitions of terms. For example, you will be tested heavily on the difference between RM and BIA. You will also be tested on your understanding of the way ER works.
Business continuity is a term that describes the processes and procedures an organization puts in place to ensure that essential functions can continue during and after a disaster. Business continuity planning seeks to prevent interruption of mission-critical services, and to reestablish full functioning as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
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