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Associated Business Continuity Professional

The Associate Business Continuity Professional certification is for those who are new to our industry.
ABCP certification supports entry-level proficiency with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who have not yet acquired a great deal of experience in the field. Starting your career path in Business Continuity Management through ABCP certification demonstrates to your peers, colleagues and management that professionalism within the industry is your goal.

Certification Details


Qualifying Exam










The Certification Process

The ABCP level is for individuals with less than two years of industry experience, but who have minimum knowledge in business continuity management, and have successfully passed the qualifying exam. ABCP is for individuals with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who have not yet acquired the necessary experience for certification at a higher level. This certification designation also targets interested individuals who have expertise in a related field (such as marketing, or emergency response) or in fields not directly related to business continuity planning. Any certified professional holding the active status of ABCP may at anytime enhance their certification to CFCP, CBCP, or MBCP by completing the application requirements for CFCP, CBCP, or MBCP, as well as the additional test/work requirements for MBCP. The application must conform to all the requirements applicable to the desired certification level. Those wishing to remain at the ABCP level of certification need only to pay their annual fee to maintain the active status of their certification.

    To remain in good standing, all ABCPs must:

  • 1
    Pass the Qualifying Examination.
  • 2
    Submit an Application to confirm the experience of the candidate by logging into MyDRI.

This entire process can take several weeks.
DRI International will notify you of your professional certification status and recertification period.

ABCP Flowchart


About References

There are no references required for this level of certification.
For additional detail on certification levels and recertification requirements, please follow the links provided, go to the FAQ section or contact the Director of Certification via email or by calling +1-866-542-3744.

Important Note: This entire process can take several weeks. DRI International contacts all applicants upon approval. Once approved, professional certification status and recertification period documents are provided. If you are not approved and wish to re-apply, contact the Certification Department for additional information on how to re-apply.

Certification Maintenance

Recertification is required for all certifications levels. Regular recertification requires an ongoing commitment to continuing education and industry activities. There is a yearly maintenance fee for all certification levels.
There are no CEAPs required for ABCP.

    To apply for ABCP certification, all applicants must:

  • 1
    Comply with the DRI International Code of Ethics.
  • 2
    Pay all annual maintenance fees.

All certified professionals, vendors and auditors receive an annual maintenance fee invoice.
Upon receipt of payment, ABCPs will have their professional certification card updated in MyDRI.

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