2 days

Design and Deliver Effective, Successful and Engaging Exercises that Actually Work

Exercises are the best way to test our systems, to rehearse our plans, and are a chance to safely prepare our people. A key part of the Validation stage of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle, practicing the BCM programme is often the most interesting part of our job.  

Take this course to learn concepts and get hands-on experience in preparing and conducting exercises. It will help you practice what to do when things go wrong and build confidence and a capability that means the organization can more effectively respond, recover, take opportunities and learn from a disruption.

Course objectives

By achieving this course, you will:

• learn how to develop a comprehensive exercise program and to design specific exercises
• conduct and experience the exercises you will have developed
• carry out post exercise evaluations and report lessons learned

What you will learn

Organizations that perform regular exercises have been proven to be the fittest and fastest to recover after a crisis. Based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2018 and reflecting the current global thinking from ISO 22301 and ISO 22398, this 2-day course will teach you how to train your teams and test your Emergency Response and Business Continuity Plans.

Module 1 - People Vs Paper - The value of exercises: Learn the global concepts when exercising: Test Vs Exercise, team and equipment capability, exercising within the BCM Lifecycle, supporting validation and continual improvement.

Module 2 - Exercising Programmes:
Understand how to validate plans over time, the function of the exercise programme and to develop an exercise programme.

Module 3 - The Design and Delivery Team:
Explore what teams are required, roles within these teams, additional support needed and top Management reporting.

Module 4 - Setting the Aim and Objectives:
Understand why aims and objectives are important and how aims and objectives influence evaluation.

Module 5 - Format Options:
Analyze different format types, their pros and cons, as well as the advantage of combining formats.

Module 6 - Scenario Development:
Develop on what is the function of the scenario, linking the scenario to the objectives, presenting and controlling the scenario and how to bring a sense of realism.

Module 7 – Logistics - Documentation, Resources and Communications:
Study documents required to deliver an exercise, resource requirements and communication associated.

Module 8 – Delivery:
Master the key stages of exercise delivery and their potential challenges.

Module 9 - Risk Management:
Determine the risks of delivering an exercise and how to respond to these risks.

Module 10 - Evaluating and Reporting :
Conclude with a post-mortem of post-exercise debriefing, reporting results, lessons identified vs. lessons learned and continual improvement.

During this workshop, you will obtain documentation and you will apply the concepts. It will provide you with theoretical guidance and practical experience in dealing with a variety of incidents.

Who is this for?

The course is for Business Continuity and resilience professionals who are responsible for developing and delivering exercises:

  • professionals who want to start training their teams and who need to learn how to effectively exercise plans
  • professionals who want to optimize their actual plans


For the Designing and delivering effective exercises, no prior training is mandatory, although: 

  • a minimum of a CBCI or equivalent credential with experience working in an organization in a continuity and resilience related role is helpful
  • prior knowledge in any of these fields is helpful, but a participant will benefit from this training even if he has not attended other training


All students will receive an official certificate of attendance directly from the BCI after they successfully completed this course.

About the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) offers world-class, high-quality, award-winning education services, delivered in partnership with BCI Licensed Training Partners and Approved BCI Instructors located around the globe. Each of them is highly experienced and a respected Business Continuity and resilience professional, bringing a wealth of expertise to enhance your learning experience. All BCI courses have been designed to build on the management and technical practices as described in the BCI Good Practice Guidelines (GPG).

About the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR)

The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) is a non-profit and competency-based global leader in organizational resilience. It offers many programs, training and certifications to empower individuals with a quality education and credentialing programs to increase the resilience of the organizations they work for and within the communities they reside. Dedicated to make its participants resourceful leader, the ICOR courses are offered globally, through authorized and highly qualified training partners. The Model for Increasing Organizational Resilience is based on ISO 22316: Security and Resilience – Organizational Resilience Principles and Attributes.

About the Premier Continuum

A leader in Business Continuity, Premier Continuum helps worldwide organizations increase their organizational resilience through state-of-the-art of consulting and training services, supported by ParaSolution, its world-class BCM software. As a certified training partner of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) since 2008 and of ICOR since 2014, we have offered hundreds of classes in Canada, USA and Europe and trained more than 500 professionals. We share our an unparalleled knowledge of the standards and best practice in various industries, and take pride in sharing their practical field-experience and their complete vision of resilience with the PCI students.

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