By: Deb Ladendorf, CBCP

Business continuity managers looking to be professionally recognized and to advance their knowledge of business continuity best practices may want to look into obtaining professional certification and membership in a business continuity association.  One of several organizations providing business continuity education, training and certification, the Business Continuity Institute’s mission is to “promote the art and science of business continuity management”.   The organization was founded in 1994 and is based in Caversham, United Kingdom.  Members of the Business Continuity Institute must be certified by the organization and are held to a professional code of ethics.  The BCI’s 4,800 members network with each other through chapters located in over 89 countries, including the United States.

The Business Continuity Institute works to define business continuity professional competencies, provide learning and educational resources, maintain high ethical standards, provide  certification programs for business continuity management professionals, globally influence policy makers and stakeholders regarding business continuity issues, and develop, communicate and evaluate business continuity management standards and best practices.

Additional information regarding BCI training and certification can be obtained at www.thebcicertificate.org and information on becoming a member of the Business Continuity Institute can be found at www.thebci.org.

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