[BL-DR-5] FAQ on DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer Course

You may have read our detailed descriptions of the course and its course contents but still have some burning questions. This page aims to assist you in clarifying these doubts. 

The content had included specific CITREP+ funding requirement from the Singapore government.


This page aims to assist you to in clarifying further doubts you have on attending the DRP-5000 Blended Learning [BL-DR-5] Course.

[Back to] What is BL-DR-5?Course Fees

What is included in the course fee?

Your course fees Singapore dollar SGD 3,850 (nett) covers all the pre-reading materials, online facilitated discussions as well as assessments and examinations attached to the DRP-5000 course.  Note that this amount is not deductible from your local tax.

DRCE Disaster Recovery Certified Expert certificationFor those who are attempting the exam, it also includes 1 re-examination at the Qualifying Disaster Recovery Certified Expert (DRCE) Exam in case you did not pass on the first try.


Why should I pay the same price as a "brick 
and mortar" course?

While the mode of delivery and the courseware has been adapted to suit virtual training, you are still getting the same value in terms of standard, competency and level of professional instructors for the course.

In fact, you would be getting the same instructors as you would be getting if you had attended the "brick and mortar" course.

To know more about how the blended learning matches up with its "brick and mortar" counterpart, you may like to read: [BL-DR-5] What is a DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer Blended Learning Course? or click the icon on the right.

Blended Learning 

Is this a new initiative?

No this is not a new initiative. BCM Institute has always had an e-learning platform. The COVID-19 situation just allowed us to feature the courses more prominently. This is especially since we have been getting increasing requests for the DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer [BL-DR-5] course to be conducted internationally.

Is the course internationally recognized?

As the courseware and standard are no different from our "brick and mortar" course, it receives the same recognition as its face to face counterpart.

What is blended learning? What type(s) of learning does it comprise of?

Test2Blended learning is a course offered by BCM Institute that combines e-learning, online facilitated classes/discussions, offline self-study and assignments. Some may see it as hybrid learning.

Different from the heavily discounted or free courses offered by top universities through Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms like Udemy and Coursera, these courses are available only for limited participation. Its online modules are also conducted live allowing for instant feedback and interaction among participants and facilitators. 

Using ZOOM as the online platform, allows one to engage their fellow participants in the course. As it is not bound by geographic constraints, participants would more likely be able to interact with a more international crowd.

This interaction, no different from what BCM Institute's courses are known for, would further enhance the participants understanding in implementing an IT DR plan and managing an IT DR team.

How many blended learning courses does BCM Institute have?

Currently, BCM Institute has the following courses.

  [BL-5-Catalog] What Expert Level Blended Learning Courses that are Available? [BL-3-Catalog] What Specialist Level Blended Learning Courses that are Available?  
Can I attend more than 1 blended learning course at any given time?

Yes, you can, provided you ensure that the blended learning courses you signed up for do not have clashing schedules.

Can I do the blended learning at my own time and pace?

Yes, you can. You are free to mix and match the different modules that make up the DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer [BL-DR-5] Blended Learning course. But do note that you are to finish the course within 3 months from your initial registration of the first module of the course.

Is there a specific timing that I need to dedicate to the webinar?

You would need to refer to our course schedule for the specific time and date for it. 

Do you have a sample of blended learning? Video sample?

Currently, there is no sample but we will update this page as soon as we have them ready.

Who would be my facilitator and would I have access to my facilitator outside of the online training/ workshop?

Your facilitators would be of the same standard as the ones you would be getting in our "brick and mortar" course, for a list of our facilitators you may like to refer to this link.

They would be available to you outside of the training/workshop hours only via email.

How much time (in hours) do I need to complete the DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer [BL-DR-5] Blended Learning?

Here is a breakdown of the time spent:


Module Mode of Study Flexible (Hours) Fixed Timing (Hours)

Facilitated Online Workshop

  • 2 Hours Self Study (Pre-reading)
  • 4 Hours Schedule Online Classes (Online Workshop)
2 4 (2-hour x 2 separate online sessions)

Facilitated Online Workshop

  • 2 Hours Self Study (Pre-reading)
  • 2 Hours Schedule Online Classes (Online Workshop)
  • 2 Hours  IT DR development (assignment - completion of template)
4 (Completion of Template) 4 (2-hour x 2 separate online sessions)

Web Training and Discussion Workshop

  • 2 Hours Self Study (Pre-reading)
  • 4 Hours Schedule Online Classes
2 4 (2-hour x 2 separate online sessions)

Web Training and Discussion Workshop (3

  • 2 Hours Self Study (Pre-reading)
  • 4 Hours Schedule Online Classes
2 4 (2-hour x 2 separate online sessions)
  Total Hours 10 16
Why do I need to stretch the time needed to complete the Blended Learning Course?

The stretch timing allows you to have more time to digest and revise the concepts taught.


Pre-Requisites and Certifications

What do I need to do to attend the course?

You would need to make an upfront payment of SGD 3,850. Payment can be made via PayPal, Credit Card, Cheque and Bank/Telegraphic Transfers.

What do I need, in terms of technical specifications, to attend the course?

You would need a stable internet connection for the E-learning, Facilitated Online Workshop and Web Training and Discussion Workshops.

What is the pre-requisite for the course?

There is no pre-requisite for the course. Anyone who has an interest in BCM is welcome to join.

What certificate do I get when I finish the course and is the certificate awarded the same as the one from a "brick and mortar" course?

You would be awarded the Disaster Recovery Certified Planner (DRCP) certificate, the same internationally recognized certificate you would get if you have attended, completed and passed the Qualifying Disaster Recovery Certified Expert (DRCE) certificate.


Blended Learning Regulations

Can I only attend the modules that I like or do I have to complete all components?

DRCENo this is not possible as each module are linked and that failure to complete each module would not allow you to obtain the international recognized Disaster Recovery Certified Planner (DRCP) and eventually, the Disaster Recovery Certified Expert (DRCE)*

*See Disaster Recovery Certified Expert (DRCE) certification pre-requisites for details.

What happens if I attend half of the learning and fail to complete the other half within the 3 weeks given? Do I still get a certificate or do I have to re-register and pay to attend the whole course again from Day 1?

Where you stop in your blended learning journey would determine if you would get a certificate or not. For re-registration queries, do contact our friendly course consultants at who would be able to guide you based on your situation.

Can I opt-out of blended learning halfway and rejoin in a brick and mortar class on a later date?

No, you cannot opt-out halfway. The course is not structured to allow such changes.

If I already earn and is a DRCP certificate holder, can I do part of the course?

DRCPYou can only join from Module 2 as the pre-requisite to attend Module 3 and 4 is the completion of Module 2.


singapore_flagNew call-to-actionFunding for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents

Are there funding available for blended learning?

New call-to-actionCurrently, the only funding available is Singapore's IMDA CITREP+ funding. This is the same funding available for the "brick and mortar" DRP-5000 IT DR Expert Implementer [BL-DR-5] course.

To know more about CITREP+ funding and who is eligible to claim, do read about it here.

What if I fail the examination meant to claim for my IMDA CITREP+ funding?

[SSG-F][BL-D-5] Certification Issued After ExamYour course fees include a free re-examination (i.e. 2nd try at the examination). Those who fail at their first try would also be given an analysis of which parts they are weak at as well as access to online recorded revision sessions. 

Feedback and results received showed that these helped tremendously for those who came back to do their re-examination. 

But if in the case that you do fail again, you would need to make a Singapore Dollar (SGD) 250 re-examination fee payment. You are able to send in the passing re-examination result to make your IMDA claim as long as it is done within 1 year of you starting the course. 

Why is there a difference in assessment for Singapore and non-Singapore course participants?

CITREP LogoThe Singaporean and Singapore Permanent Resident claiming the IMDA CITREP funding from the government and he/she has to complete and show proof of passing the online Qualifying Business Continuity Certified Expert examination before funds can be reimbursed to them.



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