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Are the designations internationally recognized?
Yes, the designations are held internationally by professional practitioners in over a dozen countries, including the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Switzerland, India, Saudi Arabia, the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and many, many more.

Where can I write the exams?
The exams are only provided online. We no longer administer them in-person except in exceptional circumstances.

What are the exams like?
Each exam is a combination of Multiple Choice and True/False questions. Each exam has a 90 minute time limit. Each exam gives you two attempts to pass. The pass mark depends upon the exam being written.

How do I obtain the ABCM designation?
You must write the ABCM exam and obtain a mark of at least 50%. There is no additional experience or training requirement. We do recommend the training provided by the Institute for Business Continuity Training www.IBCT.com.

How do I obtain the BCMP or BCRP designation?
You must write EITHER the BCMP or BCRP exam and obtain a mark of at least 70% respectively. In addition, you must also have either two years of verifiable practical experience in BCM, or have taken equivalent formal training from an approved training provider.

How do I obtain the BCRA designation?
You must write the BCRA exam and obtain a mark of at least 70%. In addition, you must also have either two years of verifiable practical audit experience in BCM, or have taken equivalent formal training from an approved training provider.We do recommend the training provided by the Institute for Business Continuity Training www.IBCT.com.

How do I obtain the ACMP designation?
You must write the ACMP exam and obtain a mark of at least 70%. In addition, you must also have either two years of verifiable practical experience in Crisis management and Communications, or have taken equivalent formal training from an approved training provider.

What are the exam fees?
The fee for writing either the ABCM, BCMP, BCRP, BCRA or ACMP exam is $ 500.

Are there any additional costs or maintenance fees?
No, not at this time. We are instituting a $ 50 Annual Maintenance Fee beginning in 2024 for new certifications issued on or after January 1, 2023.

Are there any ongoing continuity education requirements to maintain the designations?
No, not at this time.

Do we receive an actual Certificate after obtaining the designation?
Yes, you will normally receive the Certificate by courier, usually within 4-6 weeks of your successful completion of your examination. An example of the BCRP certificate can be found by clicking on this link. The other Certificates are similar in appearance. All Certificates are sent to you after they have been mounted and are ready to be displayed.

I was issued the CCM certificate several years ago. Is it still valid?
Yes, your CCM certification is still valid and no renewal is required. We recently rebranded our certification designations, particularly as the ISO 22301 BCM standard was significantly revised. You are still entitled to use the CCM designation. We have no plans to impose a recertification process.
If you would like to upgrade your certification to the BCRP (Business Continuity & Resiliency Professional) designation, you can either challenge the BCRP exam, or the Institute for Business Continuity Training (IBCT) has created a short online course for individuals to upgrade their certification, which does not require taking the exam. In either case, you would need to register and pay the appropriate fee. 

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