Practitioner Certificate in Business Continuity Management - PCBCM

What is the Practitioner Certificate in Business Continuity Management (PCBCM)?

This is a practical business continuity management (BCM) course examining all aspects of the business continuity process to ensure you understand the entire lifecycle. BCM focuses on building organisational resilience against a range of threats, so that organisations can respond effectively to incidents, maintain the availability of business operations and safeguard their interests.

By attending this 5-day course, which is closely aligned to ISO 22301, the International Business Continuity Standard, URM can assist you in developing your BCM capabilities. You will not only develop your BCM skills, but will be able to gain a certificate to demonstrate your competence.

The course culminates on the final afternoon with a BCS invigilated examination, which consists of scenario-based, multi-choice and short answer questions.

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Why Should you Attend?

By attending this course, you will gain invaluable experience in areas of the BCM lifecycle, including conducting business impact analyses and risks assessments, as well as developing BC strategies, plans and a schedule of exercises and a high-level business continuity awareness campaign.

The course is equally applicable if you are already involved in BCM or are a business manager responsible for operational functions. By the end of the course, you will possess the skills and knowledge to enable you to return to your organisation and make a significant contribution to the BCM process and help develop your organisation’s resilience.

By passing the end of course exam, you will also acquire a highly valuable industry recognised practitioner certificate which can be used internally and externally as a validation of your expertise and competence in BCM.

What are the Prerequisites for Attending?

Candidates should ideally have 1 -2 years’ experience in business continuity management. If prospective delegates are uncertain about whether they meet course pre-requisites, they should contact the Training Manager at URM.

What is the Format of URM’s PCBCM Course?

URM delivers the PCBCM Course as both a public schedule and on site training course. If you attend our public scheduled courses, these are typically residential and held at purpose-designed training venues.

URM’s PCBCM course leans heavily on discussions and workshops which are designed to reinforce the concepts being taught and to build your confidence in conducting BIAs, developing strategies, plans and exercise programmes etc.

The course is also designed to encourage debate, and the sharing of knowledge and experience. A BCS sample scenario is used through the week, with exercises and workshops stemming from it, as well as mock exams each day to ensure you are well prepared to take and pass the BCS administered 3-hour exam on the final afternoon.

The training day typically runs from 9 am to 5 pm, although you will have numerous opportunities to raise queries with URM’ trainer outside of these hours. You may wish to use the evenings to review some of the comprehensive courseware notes and practice answering mock exam papers 

Why Train With URM?

We believe that the key differentiator between URM and other PCBCM courses is the calibre of our trainers. You will benefit from the fact that all URM’s trainers are practising business continuity consultants. 

As such they are able to translate best practice theory into ‘real world’ practical applications. URM’s trainers all adopt a facilitative approach where the goal is to maximise knowledge and skills sharing across the whole group.

Should you require clarification on any aspect of the course and the end of the course examination, URM’s trainer will be available at breaks and at the end of the training day to assist you. (URM’s trainers stay on-site through the whole of the training week).

A BCS Sample Question Paper with scenario, is used as a basis for questions, mock questions and exercises throughout the week. 

The trainer will provide tips throughout the week on how to answer questions and what exam markers may be looking for in the answers, as well as providing advice on timing in the 3 Section exam paper.

You can also be reassured by our track record. URM is by far the most experienced and successful training provider in the UK, having delivered the course for over 11 years and having consistently achieved a pass rate of 90% and above.

Here are a number of comments from delegates who have sat URM’s PCBCM course:

BIA and risk assessment exceeded expectations. Enthused to go back to office and apply learning immediately. Excellent delivery from the trainer.

Really experienced tutor - obviously has done the job.

I had a brilliant week, and I have learnt so much! I didn’t realise how much I would get out of the course, so much material for me to expand upon and take back to the office. A great group of people and some fantastic networking opportunities.


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