You guys I'm like really smart now. You don't even know. You could ask me, Kelly what's the biggest company in the world? And I'd be like, "blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah." Giving you the exact right answer.

-Kelly Kapoor
The Office

Friday, December 17, 2010

Certifiable Business Continuity

As I pursue business continuity I am curious about the value of certifications. The curricula for business continuity programs is still gelling. In addition,  no national standard exists to provide a common baseline skill-set for the exams. As a result, certification is typically based on a well known standard like BS-25999 and often requires a candidate to demonstrate work experience. I have also noticed some consultants with self-imposed titles like "expert consultant" which is both equally valid and equally subjective to the titles awarded by companies granting certification.

Ultimately the value of certification is proven by the knowledge of those attaining the certification in the workplace. This, in turn, causes greater demand for those certified, which increases demand by those looking to be employed in the certifying role. Because BC is still in its infancy, there is not a lot of information available to assess the value of current certifications.

In addition, I just don't know if I buy the format of exams for BC certification. BC requires a lot of writing, marketing, project management, research and analysis. Assessing this by means of a multiple-choice test seems inadequate, although admittedly some of the certifying organizations also require that applicants demonstrate experience.  This, however,  seems to also be an admission that the tests they require applicants to complete are an insufficient form of assessment.

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