Add to your skill set with one of these special pre-conference training courses in business continuity management and related fields. You can take the first step towards becoming DRI-certified with one of our core business continuity courses, add a specialty certification in audit, risk assessment, or healthcare preparedness, or start the process of attaining a master-level credential. Interested in technology recovery? Then the IT/DR Planning workshop is for you.

Already have at least one certification? Each hour of instruction is worth 1 Continuing Education Activity Point (CEAP), which certified business continuity professionals can use to maintain their certification. Courses range from 16 to 32 hours of instruction.

Courses are held in-person prior to the DRI Annual Conference at or near the conference venue. You can attend the conference immediately following the course with an additional registration (separate fee applies).

Venue Information


Address: Two Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 561-0500

Thursday, February 29, 2024 – Sunday, March 3, 2024

Note: 2024 is a Leap year

BCLE 2000: Business Continuity

BCLE 2000 Pre-conference

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An in-depth course using real-world examples and hands-on workshop exercises, this is the course for those entering the business continuity field who want to develop a robust program that will protect your organization. During your time with an experienced instructor, you will work through the major elements of business continuity planning including evaluating risks, gaining executive buy-in, communicating in a crisis, conducting program audits, and more. This course is designed to give students all the tools they need to pass the Qualifying Examination and continue on the path toward becoming a DRI Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP), Certified Functional Continuity Professional (CFCP), or Certified Business Continuity Vendor (CBCV).

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BCLE AUD (ISO 22301): Auditing a Business Continuity Program: ISO 22301

BCLE AUD (ISO 22301) Pre-conference

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Add a skill set with our case study-based audit course.

BCMS Auditor/Lead Auditor (ISO22301) provides the training, tools, and hands-on experience needed to audit business continuity, disaster, and emergency management programs.

Featuring a case-study-based, hands-on format, you will learn by doing in this unique and highly effective course. Whether you’re a business continuity professional, an internal or external auditor, or a consultant who assesses continuity and emergency management programs for clients, DRI’s audit course provides the training, tools, and hands-on experience needed to audit business continuity, disaster, and emergency management programs.

Using multiple methods of instruction, DRI’s Auditor course for standard ISO 22301 gives students the training, tools, and hands-on experience needed to master auditing of emergency management and business continuity plans. Group exercises will help you develop your skills as you audit a hypothetical company’s program using the standard, audit guide, and presentation content in the course. You’ll also learn how to develop your audit opinion, develop your report, and present your findings to management.

In addition to the body of knowledge defined by ISO22301, this course also includes two modules on auditing. The first module identifies auditing standards and guidance in addition to defining the phases of engagement, engagement planning, performance of the audit, and communicating results. The second module covers reporting findings and recommendations.

The course materials include a comprehensive audit guide for you to take back to your workplace and use when preparing for and conducting an audit and when reporting audit findings. The audit guide identifies who should be interviewed, documents that should be reviewed, as well as surveys that should be conducted to gather evidence of conformity to the standard. Audit questions are designed to guide the you in determining whether the information you gathered conforms to the standard.

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CRLE 2000: Cyber Resilience

CRLE 2000 Pre-conference

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Organizations today are confronted by a wide range of cyberattacks, and your organization is no exception. There are countless opportunities for hackers to cause massive disruptions, all of which will require a response that will involve you. That’s why this course is an absolute must. More than just another statement of the problem, Cyber Resilience for the Business Continuity Professional is an information-packed four-day experience that will provide an understanding of how to address cyber disruptions within a business continuity framework.

You’ll discover how business continuity and cybersecurity must integrate within every organization, using the five elements of cyber resilience: prepare/identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. Collectively, these concepts and the resulting action plans will help to develop a strategy to effectively respond to unforeseen events and get your organization back up and running as quickly as possible. These two traditionally separate functions must work together, and with this course, you’ll be able to take steps to make that happen in your organization. Doing so will streamline well-coordinated identification and response to attacks or data breaches, minimize costs, protect the organization’s reputation, and give you the professional advantage of bringing the most current information and skills to the table.

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RMLE 2000: Risk Management

RMLE 2000  Pre-conference

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Risk Management is a top priority in all sectors, from supply chain to cyber security. As a professional in this field, you have to be at the top of your game, to truly identify the threats your organization faces and how to protect against them. You need to be able to perform risk assessments, reduce organizational vulnerabilities, select cost effective risk controls, and obtain buy in from upper management. Risk Management Continuity (RMLE 2000) focuses on teaching those skills and many more. Developed and taught by experienced instructors, this course combines theory with real world practices to give you in depth instruction and tools you can put to use in creating a robust Risk Management program. The course is designed to give students the tools they need to pass the Risk Management Examination and continue on the path toward becoming a DRI Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP) or Associate Risk Management Professional (ARMP).

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Saturday, March 2, 2024 – Sunday, March 3, 2024

Note: 2024 is a Leap year

BCP 601: Mastering Business Continuity

BCP:601 Pre-conference

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If you want to establish yourself as a key player in business continuity, it’s time to take your career to the ultimate level and become a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP). The highest level of certification you can earn with DRI, MBCPs are distinguished among their peers and sought after by employers. Earning an MBCP also earns you a coveted distinction membership in the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society, the only academic and professional honor society dedicated solely to the security learning community.

How do you earn your MBCP? The first step is taking and passing this course, which is aligned with the DRI Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management the most utilized and time tested standard in the field. Much of the course content is new, as are the course materials and the exam.

Challenging and highly interactive, the course employs a workshop format to present you with a hypothetical company scenario and walk you through an analytical review of its business continuity management program. You won’t just be learning principles of business continuity, you’ll be called upon to apply them critically and accurately. At the conclusion of the course, you will take the Master’s Case Study Examination, an intensive, detailed case study analysis that will rigorously critique and assess your understanding and knowledge of business continuity practices. The goal: to help establish you as a leader in your field.

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