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Business Continuity Planning identifies logistical strategies used by companies to restore critical business functions to meet customer service agreements in response to a disaster. In this program, individuals will learn how to identify potential risk, how to approach continuity in a small company or large organization and gain the practical knowledge and skills essential to initiate and manage a business continuity program.

The Business Continuity Planning Certificate Program consists of 150 hours of evaluated learning on the concepts that are foundational to business continuity planning, and its history and evolution into an integrated discipline. Business continuity is about having a plan to deal with difficult situations, so your organization can continue to function with as little disruption as possible. A good Business Continuity plan recognizes potential threats to an organization and analyses what impact they may have on day-to-day operations. It also provides a way to mitigate these threats, putting in place a framework which allows key functions of the business to continue even if the worst happens. Many organizations have dedicated business continuity staff while others have adapted their employees' roles to include components of continuity.

Who Should Enroll

  • Business continuity professionals seeking to increase their knowledge of Business Continuity Program as well as earn Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs)
  • CIO’s, CEO’s, C-suite executives
  • Information technology and cyber security experts
  • Professionals who are involved in public and private industries, including operations, sales, human resources, finance, legal and compliance, insurance and banking, physical security, supply chain management and critical supplier management
  • Emergency managers, Environment Health & Safety, risk management, public relations
  • Federal, state, and local government officials

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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $125k)

Program Benefits

  • Understand the history and concepts of business continuity planning for a small business to large corporations
  • Identify the components of a Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis
  • Understand business continuity governance bodies and state and federal regulations
  • Develop, manage, and exercise a Business Continuity Plan
  • Identify how to support employees during an emergency event
  • Develop an incident response structure to mitigate an incident
Crisis Response, 1 plan per company (or country). Site/Facility, 1 plan site. Business Unit, Multiple plans per site.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

to be scheduled      

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Apr 22 Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20
Courses Begin* (week of) Jun 21 Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28
Courses End* (week of) Sep 7 Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6
Parking Permits Expire Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30
Administrative Holidays Jun 28, Jul 5, Sep 6 Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 required credit units with a grade of “C” or higher in each course.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • David L. Feldman, Ph.D. Professor, University of California, Irvine; Director, Water UCI Political Science; Urban Planning & Public Policy
  • Alicia Stevens, Manager Recruitment Staffing, BC Management
  • DeBorah Lozada, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Enterprise Support Services Technology/Business Continuity, City of Hope
  • Susan Zielan, Senior BCM Program Manager, CoreLogic, Inc.
  • Joe Layman, Director of Enterprise Resilience President, Association of Continuity Professionals, Orange County Chapter

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.