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Online self assessment for business continuity professionals

The Business Continuity Institute : 17 September, 2009  (New Product)
BCIscope is a new tool launched by the Business Continuity Institute to assist BC professionals in assessing their knowledge of the BCI's good practice guidelines
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), a non-profit global organisation for educating and certifying business continuity professionals throughout their careers, has announced the launch of a new online self-assessment tool known as BCIscope. The tool aims to enable business continuity professionals and individuals to assess their knowledge of The Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines (GPG), a taxonomy of business continuity topics that serves as the foundation for the CBCI certification.

BCIscope provides a simulation of the BCI certification exams. Questions used in this self-assessment are designed to closely mirror those from the actual certification exam and newer questions developed by BCI certified subject matter experts. At the conclusion of the simulation assessments, the test taker will receive a score based on the official algorithm comparable to what is used in the actual exam, helping them assess their overall exam readiness.

"BCIscope is beneficial to both certification candidates and employers," said Lyndon Bird, FBCI, Technical Director of the BCI, "It helps candidates focus their study efforts more precisely and enhances their comfort level prior to sitting for the official certification exam. For employers, BCIscope is an indispensable management tool, providing an objective, low-cost way to assess their staff's business continuity knowledge, skills and abilities."

BCIscope offers a personalized reporting system with learning progress indicators that provides insight into a candidate's knowledge strengths and weaknesses, as well as a readiness gauge that pinpoints the candidate's comprehension level of the specific areas of The Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines (GPG). These features allow candidates to efficiently identify their knowledge level in each of the domain/knowledge areas and focus their study efforts on areas that need the most attention.

"Candidates seeking the industry-recognized BCI certificate can now find out where they stand in the various areas of the GPG and what areas they need to focus their study efforts by assessing their knowledge using BCIscope" said Mano Paul, AMBCI, CSSLP, CISSP, President and CEO of Express Certifications, a BCI affiliate company that developed BCIscope.

"Combined with robust reporting and a personalized study plan that is generated based on performance, candidates can use BCIscope to focus on weaker areas, and optimize their learning experience," Paul said.

Developed to meet the increased visibility of business continuity planning and the critical need for certified professionals, BCIscope is available in three formats: as a one-off purchase by any individual, as a subsidized or voucher purchase tailored for organizations needing bulk access for their personnel, and as a part of a bundle for corporations who purchase an education program or other services from the BCI.

"Those early in their careers wanting to progress to a higher level or those looking to make the transition from another field into business continuity will find BCIscope a powerful career enabler," Bird said. "By allowing candidates to assess their skills and knowledge, it gives them some level of much-needed comfort as they take that critical career step toward certification."

"The BCIscope assessment tool is part of our continuing commitment to support the continued growth of business continuity management and to provide services to business continuity professionals throughout their careers," Bird said.

The simulated exams can be purchased online in a variety of sets depending on the number of questions the candidate chooses. For more information about BCIscope, visit the BCI website.
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