Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA)

“Business Continuity Audit Training is the first course I’ve taken that contains a methodology that is clear, concise, comprehensive and easy to understand.”

Carolyn B. // Schwab Ops BCP

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CBRA Certified Business Resilience Auditor Seminar

This 2-day seminar offers you Business Continuity Audit Training AND an optional CBRA Certification Exam on the last day of the seminar. This course is offered as an online instructor-led session.

Course Fee: US $1,495. The fee includes an optional Certification testing and processing.
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WHY DO YOU NEED THIS SEMINAR?

  • Learn to review and audit your company’s readiness to deal with business disruptions ranging from minor outages to major disasters.
  • Learn to assess your company’s ability to maintain continuity in the event of a business disruption.
  • Receive 2 days of intensive, Business Continuity Audit training to enable you to determine the effectiveness, adequacy, quality and reliability of your organization’s Business Continuity Program.
  • Learn an audit methodology to evaluate compliance of Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery Programs with current industry’s best practices and standards including:
    • ISO 22301: Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements
    • NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs
    • ITIL: Information Technology Infrastructure Library

TESTIMONIALS

“Being a seasoned Business Resiliency Professional responsible for locations throughout the United States and Canada, I highly recommend the training received over the past 2 years to experienced and novice Business Continuity Program. Both the CBRA and the CBRM training received were: very well structured, well delivered by experience/knowledge Business Continuity Professionals and very interactive – allowing learning opportunities from international participants.”

Thomas H. // Business Resilience Manager, Dealertrack.
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COMBINED TRAINING AND OPTIONAL CERTIFICATION

Online and instructor-led with the optional proctored Certification Exam held on the last day AND included in the seminar fee.

CBRA Training

Asking the right questions means everything in our Industry! Our workshops and seminars actively encourage all participants to share their experiences and ASK questions! Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about our courses. If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us and we would be delighted to help you.

FAQ- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The CBRA Seminar offers you:

  • A comprehensive overview of the Business Continuity Audit including the Business Continuity Planning and Management processes.
  • A step-by-step audit methodology based on industry standards, guidelines, and best practices.
  • A sample case study of a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Business Continuity Audit take-home templates.

You will be equipped to:

  • Conduct a Business Continuity Audit based on a well-founded audit framework.
  • Review the organization’s Business Continuity Audit processes.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Formulate recommendations to strengthen a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Avoid common auditing mistakes.
  • Follow a structured approach to a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Present and explain a Business Continuity Audit analysis to senior management.
  • Determine the level of corporate compliance against the industry`s audit standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Reduce risks, vulnerabilities, and operational losses in the event of a business disruption.
  • Reduce insurance premiums through compliance.
  • Improve client, partner, and supplier retention and relationships.
  • Increase control over internal/external Business Continuity processes.
  • Insure Business Continuity Program and Plan are reliable, effective, and on track.
  • Purpose and scope of a BCP.
  • Introduction to a Business Continuity Program.
  • Business Continuity Program lifecycle process.
  • Business Continuity Program management overview.
  • Need for a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Compliance rules, regulations, and standards.
  • Objectives of a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Scope of a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Types of Business Continuity Audits.
  • Comparison of internal and external audits.
  • Critical success factors.
  • Audit issues and challenges.
  • Audit methodology phases.
  • Establishing an internal Business Continuity Audit.
  • Comparison of active and passive audits.
  • Business Continuity Auditor’s role and responsibilities.
  • Business Continuity Audit related guidelines and standards (including Sarbanes-Oxley).
  • Business Continuity Audit Budget.
  • Business Continuity Audit Gap Analysis.
  • Assessing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery maturity levels.
  • Customizing audit examination approach.
  • Business Continuity Audit areas.
  • Detailed audit activities for each area.
  • Audit questionnaires and interviews.
  • Business Continuity Audit tools and templates.
  • Response analysis.
  • Recommendations.
  • Audit reporting guidelines.
  • Sample Business Continuity Audit case study.
  • Sample Business Continuity Audit case study exercises and questionnaires.

This course will take you through a complete BC audit methodology consisting of the following phases:

Phase 1 – Audit Initiation
Learn how to initiate a Business Continuity Audit, raise awareness, and gain commitment.

Phase 2 – Compliance Requirements
Learn how to determine Business Continuity Audit objectives, scope, rules, regulations, and standards compliance requirements for an organization.

Phase 3 – Compliance Maturity Evaluation
Learn how to determine current corporate compliance.

Phase 4 – Audit Customization
Learn how to align a Business Continuity Audit to specific company requirements.

Phase 5 – Audit Planning Process
Learn how to develop a Business Continuity Audit strategy and a project plan.

Phase 6 – Business Continuity Audit Plan Implementation
Learn how to implement a project plan and collect data.

Phase 7 – Audit Data Synthesis and Analysis
Learn how to synthesis, analyze, and consolidate Business Continuity Audit data.

Phase 8 – Compliance Gap Analysis
Determine the level of corporate compliance against industry`s audit standards, rules and regulations.

Phase 9 – Business Continuity Audit Review
Learn how to review and revise findings.

Phase 10
– Business Continuity Audit Reporting
Learn how to develop and present the Business Continuity Audit report.

The Business Continuity Audit course is intended for anyone with or without prior audit knowledge or experience. Day 1 includes an overview of the BC program.

The following personnel are strongly recommended to attend a Business Continuity Audit:

  • Business Continuity Coordinator
  • Business Continuity Auditor / Compliance Auditor
  • Information Security Auditor
  • Financial Auditor
  • Internal / external Business Continuity Auditor
  • Risk Management professionals
  • Business Continuity Professional / Consultant
  • Senior Executive and Management
  • Emergency / Disaster Recovery professionals


The seminar is also designed for anyone who wants to learn Business Continuity Audit concepts, principles, and a step-by-step audit methodology. The course includes a sample case study of a Business Continuity Audit. Students learn about the known difficulties and challenges expected during a Business Continuity Audit.

Audit training to enable students to determine the effectiveness, adequacy, quality and reliability of an organization’s Business Continuity Program. Students will learn an audit methodology to evaluate compliance of Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery Programs with current industry’s best practices and standards. The certification exam is offered on the last day of the training. The candidates who successfully pass the exam are awarded CBRA certification. Read More about CBRA designation. 

The Business Continuity Audit course is intended for anyone with or without prior audit knowledge or experience. The seminar is also designed for anyone who wants to learn Business Continuity Audit concepts, principles, and a step-by-step audit methodology. The course includes a sample case study of a Business Continuity Audit. Students learn about the known difficulties and challenges expected during a Business Continuity Audit.

You will be equipped to:

  • Conduct a Business Continuity Audit based on a well-founded audit framework.
  • Review the organization’s Business Continuity Audit processes.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Formulate recommendations to strengthen a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Avoid common auditing mistakes.
  • Follow a structured approach to a Business Continuity Audit.
  • Present and explain a Business Continuity Audit analysis to senior management.

Course Fee: US $1,495. (The fee includes an optional Certification testing and processing)

WHY TAKE THIS BUSINESS CONTINUITY AUDIT COURSE?

  • Become a professional Business Continuity Auditor.
  • Determine the level of corporate compliance against industry audit standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Reduce risks, vulnerabilities, and operational losses in the event of a business disruption.
  • Reduce insurance premiums through compliance.
  • Improve client, partner, and supplier retention and relationships.
  • Increase control over internal/external Business Continuity processes.
  • Insure Business Continuity Program and Plan are reliable, effective, and on track.

Day 1:
08.00 Opening presentation including
(Instructor’ and attendee’ introductions, handout of presentation binder and materials)
08.45 Presentation begins
(incl. three 10 minute breaks)
12.00 Lunch break
13.00 Afternoon presentation begins
15.00 Afternoon presentation resume
16.00 Seminar ends for Day 1

Day 2:
08.00 Morning presentation
(incl.three 10-minute breaks)
11.30 Final handouts of take-home plan templates and materials
12:00 Lunch break
13.00 Exam
14.00 End of Seminar

Training days and timings:
(Pacific Time)
Day 1 & 2: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (May end earlier than 4:00 pm)
Day 2: Optional certification exam for CBRA (Certified Business Resilience Auditor).
The timing of the exam on Day 2 will be selected on Day 1.
Please note the agenda for online seminars may vary from the In-class seminars.

You can register online after making an online payment. In case of any query, you may contact us at 1-888-962-7224 or info@brcci.org (1-888-96-BRCCI).

Access to a computer with Internet connectivity.
Recommended: Webcam, speaker, and microphone (to avoid long-distance charges). Phone calls can be used if residing in the USA and Canada. A camera is a mandatory requirement for online proctored examinations.

TESTIMONIALS

“I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and, in particular, Dr. Syed, for the impressive curriculums that were presented last week. I had the privilege of sitting Dr. Syed’s seminar for the CBRM as well as the CBRA. In short, they were both well-structured to present complex processes and concepts in a cohesive, concise and logical order. Moreover, the two curriculums will serve as the primary drivers for how I structure my internal Business Continuity/Resiliency models as well as my auditing techniques. The “takeaways” from both classes are superb in terms of ease of use and clarity of logic. Of note, the seminar setting offered an intellectual intimacy that fostered solid discussion and direct dialog on the complex topics presented. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would most certainly recommend and encourage attendance to both seminars. Well Done!”
– John K. // DKI Services

“Great instructor and great material. This course help make the connection between business continuity planning and audit. Anyone who audits Business Continuity should take this course.”
– Kyle G. // Senior Auditor, Investors Group Inc.

“Going into this course I believed to be going through the motions. But I was quickly surprised the diverse group of people attending from around the country and Europe and Central America. The step process we followed during the duration of the course was familiar to the steps I followed when I worked with users from several different areas around my company. But the level of detail we discussed and the importance we gave to the risk assessment and business impact made me re-think what I did and what I need to do for my company’s plan. I plan to become a part of the user group get help me come up with new and different ideas to make our plans better. I also plan to become part of a dialog group to keep in sync with new ideas & concepts. I recommend this program to all persons involved in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Crisis Management, the course will add volumes to the knowledge you have already acquired.”
– Peter B. // Disaster Recovery / BCP Coordinator, CYTEC Industries Inc.

“Akhtar, First I wanted to thank you for an awesome couple of days. As I said the CBRA really put everything together for me. A little over 18 months ago after attending the CBRM & ITP seminar. I was well equipped to launch and develop our BCP program. In the last couple of days and with a bit more experience under my belt, I can definitely see a clearer path forward in further developing our program by using an auditors’ point of view.”
– Pierre C. // Business Continuity / Content Security, Tolor.

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Yes, this course can be held at your company site. If your company has a number of staff requiring training, take advantage of the cost savings of instructor-led training at your facilities. CONTACT US for details on the minimum number of students necessary and on-site course fees.

Please click on the following link to see the the seminar schedule:
CBRA seminar schedule

For In-class Seminars:
Once the registration and payment process is completed, you will receive two emails from us. The first email will be a receipt of the payment. The second email will provide a confirmation of your registration and detailed venue information. At the start of the training, you will receive the training materials. The optional exam will take place on the last day of the training. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be notified of the results of the exam within two weeks. Within two weeks after the training, you will receive:
1. A soft copy of the certificate for successfully passing the exam,
2. A letter of completion and CPEs earned.
A paper copy of the certificate is provided for an additional processing and shipping cost via courier services of USD 95 for shipment within North America, and USD 195 for shipment outside of North America.

For Online Seminars:
Once the registration and payment process is completed, you will receive two emails from us. The first email will be a receipt of the payment. The second email will provide a confirmation of your registration. The instructor will send you an online meeting invite prior to the date of the training. At the start of the training, you will receive soft-copies of the training materials. The optional virtual proctored exam will take place on the last day of the training. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be notified of the results of the exam within two weeks. Within two weeks after the training, you will receive:

1. A soft copy of the certificate for successfully passing the exam,
2. A letter of completion and CPEs earned.

A paper copy of the certificate is provided for an additional processing and shipping cost via courier services of USD 95 for shipment within North America, and USD 195 for shipment outside of North America.