The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) introduced the BCI Certificate which presented the opportunity of offering a credential, not linked to membership of the Institute, which proves understanding of the principles and methodology of business continuity management. Candidates for the BCI Certificate need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines (GPG). Successful candidate who achieve a pass or above in the BCI Certificate achieve the credential of CBCI. Holders of the CBCI will have the opportunity to be placed on a register on the BCI website and will be invited to apply for BCI membership at the appropriate level, subject to demonstrating experience as a business continuity practitioner.
Associate Member of the BCI (AMBCI)
AMBCI are recognized as Statutory Members of the BCI, giving them the same voting rights and eligibility to stand for office as all other categories of professional membership.
Entry criteria for AMBCI are:
Six (6) skills base Faculties which reflect stages within the BCM Lifecycle are required to qualify as a SBCI:
Entry criteria for SBCI are:
Applicants for the senior grade of Member (MBCI) need to continue
demonstrating practical application of their knowledge by submitting a
further professional application form which will be scored assessed by a
panel of their peers appointed by the BCI's Membership Council.
Entry criteria for MBCI are:
Applicants or nominations for Fellowship of the BCI are accepted from MBCI or SBCI with appropriate experience and responsibility. Direct entry into FBCI is not accepted. A minimum requirement of 6 years experience as a business continuity practitioner is required.
FBCI should not be perceived as an automatic step from MBCI or SBCI but should reflect a higher level of responsibility, specific experience and a significant contribution to BCM and the BCI.
The BCI Certificate Examination contains 120 questions which the candidate will have 2 hours to complete.
Two different pass levels will be set: "Pass" for less experienced practitioners seeking AMBCI or SBCI membership and "Pass with Merit" for those wishing to become an MBCI. In addition to passing the examination, all applicants for professional grades and upgrades between grades will still need to provide evidence of practical experience within business continuity management.
Please note: Exams are administered via computer or traditional paper and pencil, and is dependent on the location. This information will be made known to the candidate before test day. Paper and pencil results are available within 4-6 weeks, and computer based results are available immediately.
For examination and testing center specific information, please download (pdf) the Candidate Information Bulletin.
To Register for the BCI Certificate Examination, please follow the steps below:
If the examination was administered via a computer based testing network facility, results will be available upon completing the test. Paper and pencil versions will take 4-6 weeks for results.
If you are successful in passing the BCI Certificate examination, the membership committee will contact you to discuss further details on joining the BCI, based upon BCI member grade applied for.
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