[BL-HL-A-5] What is a BCM-8530 Blended or Hybrid Learning Course?

As we move into the endemic stage of COVID-19, participants wanting to attend BCM Institute's professional courses are asking: Should I attend the hybrid "brick-and-mortar" [BCM-8530] or the blended learning advanced level auditor course: ISO22301 BCMS Lead Auditor course that stretches over eight weeks?"  What are their differences? What should I know before enrolling on the course?

After more than three years of online, blended learning, this course is even more comprehensive than the traditional brick-and-mortar onsite course due to the comprehensive pre-course work and readings, which allow the workshops for learning amongst classmates and the many facilitators.  However, there are some who preferred to be onsite and taking the course with a face-to-face facilitator and fellow participants.

You are now viewing an advanced-level BCM auditor course requiring you to be grounded in BCM fundamentals before proceeding to understand the audit concepts (as a financial, IT or ISO auditor).  Finally, you will be expected to audit a live site, not a case study.

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Overview of BCM-8530 Blended [BL] or Hybrid Learning [HL] Course [A-5]

BCM-8530_Handbook_Cover_3D-2The BCM Auditor blended learning is the most advanced level of business continuity management audit training for certification, financial, IT internal and external auditors.

This comprehensive course is equivalent to the international certification of an ISO22301 BCMS Auditor. Its combination of online and face-to-face interaction allows busy and interested auditors to study with minimal schedule disruption.

This course is NOT a four-day, hour-by-hour direct conversion course from its brick-and-mortar version but revamped with several guiding principles.

  • Complete the course by developing the relevant toolkits for the entire auditing process.
  • Built with BCM knowledge, followed by the integration of BCM auditing concepts.
  • Attend the remote e-proctored examination with the integrity of the examination being maintained. 
  • Provide participants with downloadable handbooks and the latest audit program based on the latest ISO22301 update.
  • Access to additional audit readings for those who are already experienced
  • Facilitated by experienced IT/Financial and ISO22301 BCMS auditors
  • Able to conduct the audit via an electronic platform without travelling to another country or state.
BCMS Audit Do You Need to be IRCA Certified?Why may IRCA certification be helpful or not?

If you are already ISO-certified or an IRCA-certified auditor with another ISO standard, this would be an excellent course to attend as it focuses on the depth of a typical BCMS audit, which can only be developed from a BCM perspective.   One challenge is maintaining your IRCA certification, as you have to demonstrate that you have completed several ISO22301 external audits before being re-certified.

BCCP Business Continuity Certified Planner CertificationTo recognise the BCM knowledge acquired, you will be awarded the Business Continuity Certified Planner certification.

Here is a quick overview of the course, divided into modules 1 to 4. Module 1 to 4 and their relationship to the 300-400-5000 level courses are explained.

Phases Learning Roadmap BCM-200-8050-8530 Learning Roadmap

The conduct of each module is described with the corresponding on-site learning outcome.

[BL-A] [5] BCM-8530 Course ScheduleBelow is a snapshot of what you can expect from the program. Each module's syllabus has been carefully crafted to ensure that the outcome matches each day of the BCM-8530 ISO 22301 BCMS Lead Auditor competency level.  

Click the "Course Content" icon to learn more about each module's content (syllabus).  Click the "Course Requirement" icon to determine what you can expect as participants for each module.


Module (Day) Course Content Course Requirement
IC_BL-A-5_Module1 BL-A-5 M1 Audit Course Content BCM-8530 BC-8030 BCM-200 BL-A-5 M1 Audit Course Requirement BCM-8530 BC-8030 BCM-200
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Breakdown of the Time Spent

Module Mode of Study Flexible (Hours) Mandatory & Fixed Timing (Hours)
IC_BL-A-5_Module1 E-learning/ Self Study 8 -
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Facilitated Online Workshop (3 Hours Self Study = Assignment + 6 Hours Schedule Online Classes)

3 6 (3-hour x 2 separate sessions)


Total Hours

Blended Learning [BL] Module 1 and 2 Note that participants attending Hybrid Learning [HL] will attend the same BL Module 1 and Module 2

11 6
IC_BL-A-5_Module 3_Updated [BL] Web Training and Discussion Workshop (2 Hours Self Study + 3-Hour Schedule Online Classes) Two sessions 6 (3-hour x 2 separate sessions)
IC_BL-A-5_Module4 [BL] Web Training and Discussion Workshop (2 Hours Self Study + 2 Hours Schedule Online Classes) Two sessions 6 (3-hour x 2 separate sessions)
Total  Hours Blended Learning [BL] Modules 3 and 4  Four 3-hour sessions 18
IC_HL-A-5_Module 3 [HL] Onsite face-to-face Workshop 1-day onsite 8
IC_HL-A-5_Module 4 [HL] Onsite face-to-face Workshop 1-day onsite 8
Total Hours Hybrid Learning [HL] Day 3 and Day 4  2-day onsite 16
BCCLA Business Continuity Certified Lead Auditor Certification

BCCE Qualifying Examination for Business Continuity Certified Lead Auditor  (after BL-HL-B-5 course)

- 3 and 1/2 hour
BCCA Business Continuity Certified Auditor Certification

BCCA Qualifying Examination for Business Continuity Certified Auditor (after BL-HL-A-3 course)

- 2 and 1/2 hour

What are the Differences and Concerns?

Hybrid vs Blended Learning Audit: The primary concern with blended learning is that it will be another E-Learning training over a video channel. The entire process is designed such that the content will provide the same outcome with pre-readings provided before the class, preparation of assignments supported by detailed guidance notes, eLearning for learning of fundamentals, and the online "face-to-face" is for sharing and elaboration by experienced facilitators.

Instructors: Note that instructors delivering the modules remain the same as the onsite training.  They have at least 5 to 30 years of BCM and audit-related experience.

International Participation: Another major change will be the participation of more international delegates compared to the traditional majority of Asian participants.  Be expected to discuss and work as teams from around the world.

Readings: Be expected to have more pre-readings as the objective is to ensure that knowledge that could be acquired via reading should be done outside the training session.  More time is allocated to sharing experiences with the participants and facilitators.

Live Audit: Despite being virtual, there is a balance between knowledge-based acquisition activities, presentations, discussions, exercises and case studies. About two-thirds of the time is spent on activity-based learning. A live audit will be conducted. 

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Blended Learning is entirely online, Hybrid Learning is Module 1 and 2 online, and Module 3 and 4 onsite.


More Information About Blended Learning Auditing BCMS Courses

BCM Institute offers two levels of BCM auditing courses: BL-A-3 Blended Learning BCM-8030 ISO22301 BCMS Auditor and the BL-A-5 Blended Learning ISO22301 BCMS Lead Auditor.

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