IBCT - ECP-501 BCM Auditing
ECP-501 BCM Auditing

ECP-501: Effective Audit and Evaluation of BCMS

ECP-501: Effective Audit and Evaluation of BCMS

This 2-day course provides an exceptionally intensive and comprehensive hands-on workshop covering all major aspects for the review, evaluation and audit of a Business Continuity Management System for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Drawing on the US standard NFPA 1600 and the international standard ISO 22301, the course provides practical tools and techniques for internal evaluations, gap analysis and audit to determine the effectiveness, adequacy, and quality of an organization’s Business Continuity Program.

NEXT COURSE: Dec 21-22, San Diego


This course is designed for new and experienced BCM practitioners, internal and external auditors, executives, managers, business continuity planners and business unit staff who are involved in or manage business continuity planning functions. It is also highly useful for information technology managers, administrative heads, and others responsible for the effective administration of any size of organization. It is particularly useful for individuals tasked with self-assessing the conformity of their BCMS to the ISO 22301 and related standards, or for consultants responsible for assessing the business continuity programs of their clients, through periodic evaluations, gap analysis, or audits.


At the conclusion of this course, participants should know how to:

  • explain the overall Business Continuity Management lifecycle as it applies to NFPA 1600 and ISO 22301

  • conduct a Business Continuity Audit based upon an established audit framework

  • assess the compliance of the Business Continuity Management System against the requirements of the ISO 22301:2012 standard

  • identify strengths and weaknesses of a Business Continuity Audit

  • formulate recommendations to strengthen a Business Continuity Audit

  • plan, conduct, report and implement follow-up audit activities

  • successful take the professional examination for the Certified Continuity Auditor (CCA) Lead Auditor designation

Course Outline: 

1. Business Continuity Lifecycle Management:

  • The new realities of Business Continuity Planning
  • Management's roles and responsibilities with respect to Business Continuity
  • Establishing and managing a Business Continuity program
  • How to evaluate, and maximize, the program's cost-effectiveness
  • Generally Accepted Business Continuity 'Best Practices'
  • Future trends in Business Continuity Management

2. Testing and Evaluating Business Continuity Plans:

  • Desk Checks; Peer Reviews
  • Structured Walkthroughs
  • Standalone Tests; Integrated Tests
  • Operational Tests
  • Call Tree Tests

3. Setting Test and Exercise Objectives:

  • Planning and Preparation
  • Measuring Success and Performance
  • Critical Success Factors

4. Plan Evaluation:

  • Reviewing periodic Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis
  • Identifying significant changes to business units and critical operating processes
  • Reviewing current strategies for reducing risk, reducing impact, recovering computer systems, resuming business operations
  • BCM GAP Analysis

5. Auditing the Business Continuity Program

  • Audit Initiation and Compliance Maturity Evaluation
  • Audit Planning Process and Customization using ISO 22301
  • Business Continuity Audit Plan Implementation
  • Business Continuity Audit Review
  • Business Continuity Audit Reporting

6. CCA exam prep and CCA Exam

Participants leave with the knowledge and the tools to immediately start auditing/evaluating a business continuity plan. Plus, you receive our unique 16G BCM FlashDrive with over 4,000 BCM software tools, detailed course materials, and our CCA exam "Success Guarantee" - you will pass the CCA exam on your first attempt - or we will pay for any subsequent attempts, no questions asked!

This is the only BCM auditing course you will ever need to take!


Contact Us

Institute for Business Continuity Training
1623 Military Road, Suite 377
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

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