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NEWS from Disaster Recovery Institute International

Figure 2 details the percent of respondents by country who attributed a compensation increase as a result of becoming certified in 2005 and 2009. This table also details the maximum, average, and minimum compensation increase by country. According to BC Management’s research it appears that hiring managers are in fact paying higher compensations on average to those professionals who have obtained a certification. And as a result, more and more professionals are responding by obtaining their certification to increase their marketability. According to the data collected in BC Management’s annual study, the percent of certified professionals increased in Asia Pacific from 44% in 2005 to 73% in 2009, in Canada from 67% in 2005 to 76% in 2009, in India from 54% in 2005 to 78% in 2009, in the UK from 67% in 2005 to 74% in 2009, and in the USA from 68% in 2005 to 74% in 2009. Figure 3 showcases the top 10 certifications from BC Management’s annual business continuity management study. This figure not only highlights certifications specifically for the business continuity community, but also other certifications that complement the profession.

Becoming certified will not only directly impact your job search, promotion opportunities and earning potential; it also has a significant impact on the direction of your career and how you are viewed as a professional within the continuity field. There are several direct benefits that are often overlooked. These benefits are just as important to your career planning and advancement in the continuity profession. When you become certified, you essentially join a professional community that offers endless networking opportunities, not to mention the opportunity to exchange thought-provoking ideas with similarly experienced individuals. Certification bodies also tend to embrace continued education as a requirement in maintaining certification. This encourages and challenges professionals to stay abreast of emerging trends in their field. Obtaining a certification in your field also demonstrates your commitment to the profession. It shows that you value being an active leader in the professional community. This is especially true with professionals who strive to achieve the highest certification level offered in their field. To get the most from your certification, it is necessary to assess your career goals and to ensure that the certifying organization can not only meet your current career needs but your future aspirations, too.

Become a Sponsor

DRI International is creating opportunities for our certified professionals, stakeholders, and communities to support our efforts on their behalf. As part of our commitment to the business continuity community, we sponsor publications and professional organization within the world of business resiliency and preparedness. Likewise, companies, organizations and individuals now have an opportunity to provide support for the activities and efforts of DRI International. By participating through this sponsorship program, they have chosen to recognize our commitment to provide the leading certifications in the areas of business continuity and business resiliency worldwide.

For more information about becoming a DRI International sponsor, please contact Russell Wooldridge at rwooldridge@drii.org.

PREPaRE yOuRSElf tO audit organizational preparedness against applicable standards and regulations.

Become a Certified Business Continuity Auditor or Lead Auditor (CBCA or CBCLA) Get started immediately at one of three training opportunities: Oakbrook, IL : October 12-26 | Quincy, MA : November 2-6 | Orlando, FL : December 14-18 Register Today! Call 866-542-3744 or visit our website www.drii.org

To b e c o n t i n u e d . . .

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