County College of Morris (CCM) is offering a new certificate program in the growing career field of Business Continuity Management. Remember last year’s Hurricane Irene and Halloween snowstorm? This program is a 45-hour course designed for students new to the field and for professionals seeking certification in building business continuity plans for their organizations to cope with various kinds of disasters. Participants can earn a new professional credential in less than four months.
Training in business continuity management allows businesses and companies to stay up and running throughout interruptions such as power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, terrorism and more. DRI International and CCM have partnered to offer this new Business Continuity Planning Certificate program.
The program will introduce participants to the necessary components of a holistic business continuity program and provide them with training to determine the most appropriate requirements for their organization. Topics include understanding business continuity planning methodology, developing plan goals and objectives, data gathering, incorporating human resources, integrating alternative strategies for catastrophic event response and recovery, developing training/testing programs, creating plan products, and maintaining business continuity relevancy. Other topics include public relations and crisis communications strategies, coordinating efforts with public authorities and establishing emergency preparedness and response procedures.
DRI International (originally known as Disaster Recovery Institute) is a nonprofit organization and a global Business Continuity Management (BCM) education and certification body. As such, it sets the standard for professionalism in business continuity planning and has provided the profession's premier certification and education programs since 1988. There are over 8000 active business continuity professionals from various industries and business sectors maintaining DRI International certifications worldwide. These certifications ensure employers that candidates understand the tenets of business continuity and maintain their level of knowledge through continuing education. The organization's International Affiliates ensure that BCM best practice is taught and available throughout the world.
The certificate program starts September 25 and runs through November 27. The cost is $2,495. The program is being offered in a hybrid format, which blends face-to-face teaching and online learning. Participants will be prepared to take the DRI International Qualifying Examination upon completion. After passing that exam, students then can apply for certification at a nominal fee. For more information on the DRI International Certification, go to www.DRII.org. For more course information, go to www.ccm.edu/BusinessCommunity or call 973-328-5187