Certificate Programs

Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

Business closed due to poor planning.
Don't be another statistic. Make advanced plans.

The importance and relevance of Business Continuity on a global scale is rising. The 911 Commission Report references the private sector as a critical component of the nation's infrastructure where the nation's preparedness often begins. The Commission says that business preparedness is the standard of care owed by a company to its employees and the public for legal purposes. "Private sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of business in the post-9/11 world."

According to SCORE:

  • A Company that experiences a computer outage lasting more than 10 days will never fully recover
    financially. 50 percent will be out of business within five years.

  • An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster

  • 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

  • Of companies experiencing catastrophic data loss:
    - 43% of companies never reopened
    - 51% of companies closed within 2 years
    - 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within one month are likely to go out of business
    - 75% of companies without business continuity plans fail within three years of a disaster
    - Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely to survive
    - Of those businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still operating two years later.

In order to ensure that businesses and other organizations function during any type of emergency, the Center for Emergency Preparedness developed its Certificate Program in Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. It has received very positive reviews in the past two years.

The Certificate Program consists of six required courses, which may also be taken separately. Core courses are Crisis Communications, Critical Incident Stress Management, Emergency Response Procedures, Information Security, Organizational Recovery, and Personnel and Facility Security.  This program can be completed in one or more terms.  If all six courses are taken, the total cost of the program is $1,594. You must register and pay for each course separately.  For information about Financial Assistance and Discounts click here.

Who Should Attend

Managers and other professionals responsible for safety, security, human resources, legal affairs, and business/financial operations; media spokespersons; and anyone who would be managing the incident in the event of an emergency.

Click on the course title to view the course description.  Click on the instructor's name to view their bio.

These programs will not offered again until Fall 2011.


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Division of Continuing Education
2121 Euclid Avenue CE 103
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Joseph E. Cole Center
3100 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Phone: 216.687.2144
Fax: 216.687.9399
Web Content Contact
Dr. Barbara Hanniford
Web Technical Contact
Georgia Denyse Castle
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