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​Business Continuity

Business continuity planning is no longer optional

Ongoing global, national and regional emergency events—such as the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, fires and floods, and cellular network breakdowns—have made organizations acutely aware of the importance of having business continuity plans in place when a crisis strikes. This is where Continuing Studies at UVic comes in. We are here to assist organizations and businesses by training your staff at every level to be ready for all kinds of emergencies, and to ensure your operations continue even during disruptions.

Business continuity programs

There are two programs to choose from:

Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability (OPA)

This single-course program could be for you if you want to learn the fundamentals of business continuity planning and emergency management before considering a more in-depth program, such as EMOC.

Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity (EMOC)

You will benefit from this four-course micro-credential program if you are interested in more in-depth knowledge and skill development, including the ability to produce detailed planning documents for your organization.

PROGRAM Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability (OPA) Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity (EMOC)
CREDENTIAL Micro-certificate Micro-certificate awarded on completion of all four courses
DELIVERY STYLE Online asynchronous Online asynchronous
COURSE DURATION 6 weeks 12 weeks per course
HOURS OF STUDY approximately 4-6 hours per week approximately 5-7 hours per week
START DATES ongoing ongoing
PROGRAM FEES* $495 $695 per course
BEST SUITED FOR Staff and managers of organizations in all sectors, both early-career and mid-career, who are non-specialists in business continuity and who would like to learn the fundamentals before considering a more in-depth program such as EMOC. Staff and managers of organizations in all sectors, both early-career and mid-career, who are non-specialists in business continuity and who would like more in-depth knowledge and skills, including the ability to produce detailed planning documents for their organization.
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  Video - What is the difference between EMOC and OPA?

Help your organization withstand disruptions

Watch this video to learn how our EMOC and OPA programs combine emergency preparedness, resilience and continuity planning to give you the skills you need.

Who are these programs for?

Since these programs appeal to a broad spectrum of professionals, we often get asked who specifically would benefit from taking each program. To guide you in your search for the right training opportunity in the business continuity and emergency planning areas, we've identified three personas: 

  • Kai, The Planner
  • Mira, The Implementer
  • Matthew, The Innovator

Each these personas is from a different background. They are professionals in very different industries and career stages, yet their priorities, core beliefs, motivations, frustrations and needs are fitting illustrations of how the OPA and EMOC programs can help them. They are not real people. Yet, we are confident you will see yourself in Kai, Mira or Matthew and gain a better understand of how you can benefit from the programs—not only to develop your career further but also to move your organization forward.

  Designed for non-specialists

Business continuity programs designed for non-specialists

Watch this video to learn how our EMOC and OPA programs can give you the skills to plan for crisis, no matter what industry you work in.

Business continuity skills for success

Demand for business continuity skills is like so many things in our "new normal"—unprecedented. Job postings for business continuity planners have more than tripled in Canada since the start of the pandemic:

Unique Job Postings Trend shows the growth or decline of deduplicated job vacancy advertisements scraped from over 45,000 websites.
Source: EMSI

Smaller employers, and larger ones that recognize the value in spreading continuity planning knowledge across the organization, need non-specialist staff who have the relevant skills. The top skills employers seek are those you'll learn in our business continuity programs:

Graph of Top Specialized Skills Specialized Skills – Skills that are primarily required within a subset of occupations or equip one to perform a specific task (e.g. "NumPy" or "Hotel Management"). Also known as technical skills or hard skills.
Source: EMSI
Graph of Top Common Skills Common Skills – Skills that are prevalent across many different occupations and industries, including both personal attributes and learned skills. (e.g. "Communication" or "Microsoft Excel"). Also known as soft skills, human skills, and competencies. Source: EMSI


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Ready for a crisis? 

Not sure if your organization or business is prepared for a crisis? Take this short quiz to see, at a glance, if your workforce is disaster-ready!

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Courses open for registration

Crisis Communication for Public Relations Professionals

The online Crisis Communication for Public Relations Professionals micro-certificate gives you the expertise to develop, implement and evaluate effective crisis communication plans for your organization. You will emerge as a resilient communication, armed with the knowledge and skills to navigate a crisis.
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Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity

This four-course micro-credential program focuses on: Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response and Business Continuity. Plan for and maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, pandemic, conflict or cyber-attack.
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Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability

A six-week online program to help you become more proactive, rather than reactive, and to prepare your organization to withstand any crisis.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could predict the future?

You may not have a crystal ball, but having a business continuity plan in place will help you prepare your organization for emergencies.

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Upgrade your team's skills, upgrade your company's success

Providing employees with opportunities to update and upgrade their skills is an effective strategy to decrease turnover and increase your team's productivity. Continuing Studies can create a customized program to fit your needs, budget and timeframe.

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Business continuity planning is no longer optional.

First, it was the pandemic, then fires and floods. Every day businesses are facing new crises that have the potential to affect their operations. That is why crisis planning is no longer something that can or should be delegated to emergency management or risk professionals alone. It has become a core management function for all business leaders.

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Creating opportunity in crisis

Crisis communication has perhaps never been more of an in-demand skill than it has in the last couple of years. The pandemic has revealed many examples of people who have communicated well during crisis, as well as several examples of those who haven’t.

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Talking EMOC with student Jonny Morris

This program is a real confidence boost. It helps shake out your lack of awareness and where your blind spots are.

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A passion for emergency preparedness

An interview with instructor Dr. Laurie Pearce, developer and instructor for our Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity program.

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Angela Connelly, Program Assistant
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