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DRI International (originally known as Disaster Recovery Institute) is a non-profit organization and a global BCM education and certification body. With its Headquarters in USA, it sets the standard for professionalism in business continuity management and has provided the profession's premier certification and education programs since 1988. These certifications ensure employers that candidates understand the tenets of business continuity and maintain their level of knowledge through continuing education. DRI International offers education in BCM at major industry events and through the corporate training program. The organization's International Affiliates insure that BCM best practice is taught and available throughout the world.
As an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) certified standards development organization (SDO) as well as other International Standards Committees, DRI International has an obligation to participate in discussions and the formulation of new standards. DRI International takes this role seriously. More importantly, those proposing or revising standards understand that including DRI International is not optional. DRI International is the oldest, the largest, and the most broad-based organization of its kind in the world. For more than 25 years, the organization has certified BCM professionals from more than 95 countries and conducted training in more than 45 of those nations. DRI International currently certifies individuals in a number of languages including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese and Italian languages with plans to expand into other languages in the coming years.
DRI International, USA, operates in over 95 countries through its affiliated entities. In India, it operates through M/s Ace Services (www.aceservices.co.in), an organisation also known as 'DRI India' (www.dri-india.org)
DRI International Certification
These Certifications can be broadly classified into following categories :-

1. Certified Continuity Professionals
- Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP)
- Certified Functional Continuity Professional (CFCP)
- Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)
- Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP)

2. Certified Risk Management Professional
- Associate Risk Management Professional (ARMP)
- Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP)

2. Certified IT DR Professional
- IT DR Workshop Participation Certificate

Note :- All the above mentioned certificates are issued by DRI International, USA
To achieve ABCP or CFCP or CBCP certifications, one has to primarily follow a three stage process; Undertake training, verification of knowledge and confirmation of experience.
  • Step 1 :- (Not Mandatory) Undergo a DRI International certified Training Course (BCLE-2000 or BCP-501)
  • Step 2 :- (Mandatory) A passing grade on the Qualifying Examination is sufficient to verify a candidate's knowledge on the subject of BCM.
  • Step 3:- (Mandatory) An application is required to be submitted to DRI International to confirm the experience of an individual candidate.
To achieve Master Certification (MBCP), one has to first achieve a passing score on the Qualifying Examination (refer step 2 above) and have minimum 5 years business continuity experience in order to be eligible to attend the BCP-601 course. On qualifying the BCP-601 Master Examination, one can apply for MBCP certification with DRI International, USA.
To achieve Risk Management Professional Certifications (ARMP or CRMP), one has to attend the RMLE-2000 course and qualify the Risk Management examination. On achieving a passing score, one can apply for ARMP or CRMP certifications with DRI International, USA. Total experience in the field of risk management shall determine the level of certification (ARMP or CRMP) one can apply for.
The following four courses are currently available in India :-
  • BCLE-2000 :- Is a 4.5 days course which offers an overview of the Business Continuity planning process through the ten professional practice domains for Business Continuity Professionals. On the fifth day (first half), the Qualifying Exams are conducted.
  • BCP-501 :- Is a 2.5 days, fast paced course for experienced BC Professionals. It covers the ten domains of professional practices and the qualifying examination is held on the third day (first half).
  • RMLE-2000 :- Is a 4.5-day course which offers 32 hours of instruction and practical exercises followed by the Risk Management Examination. The training course offer a comprehensive approach to Risk Evaluation and Control delineating the skills, knowledge and procedures needed to effectively perform Risk Management.
  • BCP-601 :- The BCP 601 is a business continuity planning masters' review course covering the Professional Practices for business continuity professionals in preparation for the DRI International Masters Qualifying Exam. This 3-day course features 16 hours of instruction followed by the Examination (4.5 hrs) on the third day. Only professionals who have already passed the DRI Qualifying Examination, and who have a minimum of five years' of BCM experience may register for the BCP-601 Course.
  • IT DR Workshops :- One / Two days of IT DR Workshops offers latest technology related concepts available for Business Continuity professionals to rely upon during planning and execution of IT DR strategies within the overall domain of BCM
Note :- Please download course brochures to know more about these courses.
No. The RMLE-2000 course teaches Risk Management as a subject and is NOT limited to BCM related risk management practices. Course outline in brief is as follows :-
  • Risk Terminology and Framework - In this lesson you will learn risk management court Rulings and success factors. The framework for risk management roles and responsibilities, risk analysis and communication, establishing risk tolerance levels and measures, and establishing resource requirements will also be presented.
  • Risk Models and Processes - This lesson presents and overview of qualitative and quantitative methods, risk identification, and asset impact analysis.
  • Threat Analysis - In this lesson you will learn how to conduct a vulnerability analysis and the use of risk identification metrics.
  • Monitoring and Reporting - This lesson presents risk aggregation concepts, the Annualized Loss Expectancy (ALE) formula and the DRI Risk Management Toolbox followed by a comprehensive review for the Risk Management Examination.
  • DRI Qualifying Exam - The DRI Qualifying Examinations in India are conducted as a paper based examination comprising of 100 multiple choice questions to be attempted over a period of 2.5 hours. This qualifying examination is always conducted on the last day of training course (either BCLE-2000 or BCP-501) by Ace Services / DRI India.
  • Masters Qualifying Exam - The Master Qualifying Examination is conducted on the last day of BCP-601 course. Candidates attempt a case study based examination using their own laptops over a period of 4.5 hours duration.
  • Risk Management Examination - The Risk Management Qualifying Examinations in India are conducted as a paper based examination comprising of 100 multiple choice questions to be attempted over a period of 2.5 hours. This examination is always conducted on the last day of RMLE-2000 course by Ace Services / DRI India.
Yes. Such a feature has been recently introduced in India, wherein, one can appear for the DRI Qualifying Examination directly without undergoing the training course (either BCLE-2000 or BCP-501).
Following steps may be followed :-
  • Step 1 (Mandatory Registration Process) - Write to Ace Services / DRI India (at cbcp@aceservices.co.in) and register yourself by paying the registration fees for the training course (BCLE-2000 or BCP-501) & or qualifying examination.
  • Step 2 (Not Mandatory) - Undertake BCLE-2000 or BCP-501 training course.
  • Step 3 (Mandatory) - Undertake the DRI Qualifying Examination at the designated venue under the supervision of DRI India. The answer sheets are then forwarded by DRI India to DRI International USA for evaluation and declaration of the results directly to the participants.
  • Step 4 (Mandatory) - Qualified delegates (refer Step 3) may apply for Certification with DRI International USA (www.drii.org). Requisit experience in the field of BCM shall determine the certification
BCM Experience required :-
  • For ABCP - No BCM Experience required.
  • For CFCP - 2 years experience required in three of the ten professional practice domains of DRI International.
  • For CBCP - 2 years experience required in five of the ten professional practice domains of DRI International.
Note - For more details visit www.drii.org
Following steps may be followed :-
  • Step 1 (Mandatory Registration Process) - Write to Ace Services / DRI India (at cbcp@aceservices.co.in) and register yourself by paying the registration fees for the training course (RMLE-2000).
  • Step 2 (Mandatory) - Undertake RMLE-2000 training course.
  • Step 3 (Mandatory) - Undertake the Risk Management Qualifying Examination on the last day of RMLE-2000 course (at the designated venue) under the supervision of DRI India. The answer sheets are then forwarded by DRI India to DRI International USA for evaluation and declaration of the results directly to the participants.
  • Step 4 (Mandatory) - Qualified delegates (refer Step 3) may apply for Certification with DRI International USA (www.drii.org). Requisit experience in the field of BCM shall determine the certification
Risk Management Experience required :-
  • For ARMP - No Risk Management Experience required.
  • For CRMP - 2 years Risk Management experience required in two of the four domains of Risk Management, viz. Risk Governance & Compliance, Risk Identification, Risk Handling & Management and Risk Monitoring & Reporting.
Note - For more details visit www.drii.org
As a first step, the candidate has to attain the passing score in the DRI Qualifying Examination and have 5 years minimum experience in the field of BCM. Thereafter, he / she has to undergo the BCP-601 course followed by the Master Case Study qualifying examination. Upon scoring passing score in the Masters' qualifying examination, the successful candidate may apply for MBCP certification with DRI International by submitting his / her credentials / experience in the field of BCM.
Note - For more details visit www.drii.org
Maintaining your DRI International certification carries two requirements; an annual maintenance fee as well as Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAP). To know more about the same, please visit www.drii.org.
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