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Business Continuity Management for Financial Institutions (Bank901)

This is our new Diploma course in Business Continuity Management for Financial Institutions (Banks, Credit Unions etc). It includes the BCRP (Business Continuity and Resiliency Professional) exam and designation for free ($ 500 value).

This course provides an intensive, hands-on workshop experience covering all major aspects for the development, implementation and ongoing management of an effective Business Continuity Plan primarily for banking institutions. It is equivalent to our 5-day in-person 'Diploma in BCRP' course.

It utilizes a 21st century skills curriculum founded on a banking case study, to enable you to achieve the knowledge and expertise required to succeed in your personal involvement in Business Continuity Planning and within your work environment. The course integrates “Best Principles” for Business Continuity Planning with “Best Practices”, using a banking case study, real-life scenarios and examples to deepen your understanding.

This course is accredited by the National Institute for Business Continuity Management (https://www.NIBCM.net) and leads to their professional designation of Business Continuity & Resiliency Professional (BCRP), as well as our Diploma in Business Continuity and Resiliency Management.

In addition, the course provides you with real-life tools for Business Continuity Planning. It follows a case study approach, and engages you in solving meaningful problems with your own organization. The course also provides asynchronous interaction with the course instructor for assignments and any questions that may arise.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should:
> have a solid understanding of the overall Business Continuity Management lifecycle
> have the tools and knowledge required to conduct a Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis for their organization
> know how to identify and select cost-effective Business Continuity strategies for critical business processes and computer systems
> be able to guide their IT and business unit personnel through the development of practical and effective computer disaster recovery and business resumption plans
> know how to establish the organizational framework required to enable their BC program
> be able to implement an effective Crisis Management structure within their organization
> know how to keep their BC plans current and viable
> have the tools and knowledge required to plan and coordinate effective BCP tests and exercises
> know how to maintain support and commitment for the Business Continuity program
> understand how to conduct audits and evaluations of a BC program
> be able to successfully challenge the BCRP certification exam

This is without doubt the most comprehensive BCMS course available anywhere, and is intended for someone who needs a detailed, methodology-based 21st century approach to learning about BCMS, using the recently revised International BCM Standard ISO 22301.

This course includes the Business Continuity & Resiliency Management Professional (BCRP) certification exam. As a Special Bonus, it also includes an optional Mid-Term and End-of-course Final Exam, each of 50 questions and 60 minutes in length. If you receive 70% on both of these exams, you will be exempted from the BCRP exam to receive the certification.

The course covers all 4 areas of the Plan-Do-Check-Act management lifecycle 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. Plus it includes extra sessions on IT Disaster Recovery, Cyber Security Planning, Pandemic Planning, and preparing your organization for ISO 22301 certification.

There are 5 main topics, organized into 35 lessons of approximately 1 hour each, plus 40 optional homework assignments and section quizzes. You should plan to spend a minimum of 40 hours on the course. The individual lessons can be studied at your own pace and you have one full year to complete the program (most get it done within a month).

The course includes a Practice Exam for the BCRP as well as the BCRP Exam itself. You have unlimited access to the course, including any updates, within the year.

Plus, our Success Guarantee includes the promise that should you not pass the BCRP exam in the first try - for any reason, no questions asked - IBCT will pay for any subsequent attempts until you do succeed.


This course is designed for executives, managers, business continuity planners and business unit staff who are or may be involved in or manage business continuity planning functions. It is also highly useful for emergency managers, internal and external auditors, records managers, information technology managers, administrative heads, and others responsible for the effective administration of any size of organization.
  • Lesson 1 - Course Overview
  • Lesson 2 - Business Continuity Standards
  • Lesson 3 - What is in a Business Continuity Plan?
  • Lesson 4 - Case Study: L&C Bank
  • Introduction - Practice Test
  • PLAN: Planning the BCMS
  • Lesson 5 – PLAN: Context of the Organization
  • Lesson 6 – PLAN: Leadership (Policy)
  • Lesson 7 – PLAN: Leadership (BC Teams)
  • Lesson 8 – PLAN: Planning the Program
  • Lesson 9 – PLAN: Support (Awareness & Training)
  • Lesson 10 – PLAN: Support (Crisis Communications)
  • Lesson 11 – PLAN: Support (Social Media)
  • Plan - Practice Test
  • DO: Developing the BCMS
  • Lesson 12 – DO: Operational Planning and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Lesson 13 – DO: 5 Steps to Complete a BIA
  • Lesson 14 – DO: Collecting BIA Data
  • Lesson 15 – DO: Risk Assessment Methods
  • Lesson 16 – DO: Business Unit Risk Assessment Method
  • Lesson 17 – DO: Business Continuity Strategies
  • Lesson 18 – DO: Supply Chain Continuity
  • Lesson 19 – DO: BC Strategies Case Study
  • Lesson 20 – DO: BC Plans and Procedures
  • Lesson 21 – DO: Developing an Incident Response Structure
  • Lesson 22 – DO: Business Recovery Procedures
  • Lesson 23 – DO: Return to Normal Procedures
  • Lesson 24 – DO: Exercising BC Teams
  • Lesson 25 – DO: Testing BC Plans
  • DO - Practice Test
  • Mid-Course Exam
  • BCRP Mid-Course Exam
  • CHECK: Evaluating the BCMS
  • Lesson 26 – CHECK: Evaluating your BCMS
  • Lesson 27 – CHECK: Auditing BC Plans
  • Lesson 28 – CHECK: Reporting to Senior Management
  • CHECK: Practice Test
  • ACT: Continual Improvement
  • Lesson 29 – ACT: Continual Improvement
  • ACT: Practice Test
  • Lesson 30 – IT Disaster Recovery
  • Lesson 31 – IT DR Strategies
  • Lesson 32 – CyberSecurity and BCM
  • Lesson 33 – CyberSecurity: Leadership and Governance
  • Lesson 34 - Pandemic Planning
  • Lesson 35 – Certifying your Organization to ISO 22301
  • End-of-Course Exam
  • BCRP End-of-Course Final Exam
Completion rules
  • You must complete the test "BCRP End-of-Course Final Exam"