"The storm temporarily shut my business down. Now what?” That question is still being asked by many companies after Super Storm Sandy devastated New Jersey last October. And those are likely the lucky companies. Many unprepared businesses closed their doors for good. Still others that managed to reopen are still trying to find ways to make up for lost time and revenue.
What if there were someone who could prepare the company for these sorts of and other business interruptions and minimize their impact on operations? What would be the value to your company by having a business continuity plan?
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the answer. This internationally recognized career field looks at a company’s contingency plans for the “what ifs” business owners hope will never happen but which seem to be occurring more frequently in today’s world.
To help prepare local businesses for future disasters – natural, man-made and otherwise – DRI International and County College of Morris (CCM) are jointly offering a 45-hour online course over 10 weeks to provide students with certificates of completion and the necessary knowledge to become certified BCM professionals by DRI International. Those who succeed in passing the DRI international examination will qualify for a credential recognized by hiring managers around the world. The 10-week online course begins February 19.
Business Continuity Management Certified professionals are responsible for business continuity, emergency management, crisis management and disaster recovery including developing public relations and crisis communications strategies, coordinating efforts with public authorities and establishing emergency preparedness and response procedures.
The Business Continuity Management program is designed for professionals who are at the introductory level of experience in the business continuity profession and for current planners who are looking for a solid “how to” guide for building a business continuity program in their organization. The course exposes participants to all aspects of a holistic BCM program and how to determine the most appropriate requirements for their organization.
Individuals who participate in this course will learn business continuity planning methodology, goal planning, data gathering, and how to incorporate human resources, integrate alternative strategies for catastrophic event response and recovery, develop training/testing programs, create plan productions and maintain business continuity planning relevancy.
Good business continuity plans keep companies up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more. Let CCM and DRI teach you how to create and maintain your company’s plan to survive and even thrive through the next crisis.
DRI International is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and educating professionals in the business continuity management industry. For information on DRI International certification, go to www.DRII.org
To register for the Business Continuity Management program, go to http://webadvisor.ccm.edu and search for section number 28720. More details on the course and registration options can be found in CCM’s Continuing Education course catalog at www.ccm.edu/businesscommunity