NEW Business Continuity Planning Program


Contact Ed Weckerly, ejw17@psu.edu, 610-725-5377 for more information.

For information on DRII certification, go to www.DRII.org 

Good business continuity plans keep companies up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, and more.

Penn State Great Valley’s new Business Continuity Planning program is a 45-hour course designed for students new to the field of business continuity management or for professionals seeking certification and guidance in building business continuity plans for their organizations. The fifteen-week program meets once a week for three hours so students can earn a new professional credential in less than four months.

The course is designed to introduce the necessary aspects of a holistic business continuity management program for determining the most appropriate requirements for their organization.Topics include understanding business continuity planning methodology; developing plan goals and objectives; data gathering; incorporating human resources; integrating alternative strategies for catastrophic event response and recovery; developing training/testing programs; creating plan products; and maintaining business continuity relevancy. Other topics include developing public relations and crisis communications strategies, coordinating efforts with public authorities and establishing emergency preparedness and response procedures.

The program prepares students for the DRI International Qualifying Examination and enables them to take the test at no extra cost upon course completion. Students who do not pass the exam are entitled to one FREE retake; and those who pass can then apply for certification at a nominal fee.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING CERTIFICATE AT A GLANCE

•  45-hour program meets from 6 - 9 p.m. for 15 weeks.

•  Classes held at Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

• Program prepares students for the DRII Business Continuity Planning certification and tuition includes testing fees upon course completion.

• Students receive a Penn State Certificate in Business Continuity Planning.

• Questions? Contact , Ed Weckerly, ejw17@psu.edu, 610-725-5377.

NOTE: If you are already certified by DRI International but would like to take the course, please contact Ed at 610-725-5377.