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DRJ Academy Gives Business Continuity Planners a Place to Start

·4-min read

During these extraordinary times, more and more businesses continuity practitioners are pushed into service with no experience.

To help with this growing need to educate newcomers, Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) and Lambert Learning Institute have joined forces to launch DRJ Academy.

"It’s an idea that came out of a gap we’ve seen in our profession for many years," said Bob Arnold, DRJ president. "Even though DRJ has many educational opportunities, there have been a lot of new practitioners entering the market who have no idea what they are doing starting out and no idea where to go for training.

"They are asked to handle this job and told ‘here, you’re our new business continuity practitioner.’ They can read our magazine or attend our conferences and weekly webinars, but there wasn’t a simple, entry-level program to quickly give people the fundamentals every business continuity professional must have."

DRJ Academy’s first course is an innovative online training program, designed to introduce all of the planning fundamentals, key skills, and processes to follow as an entry-level business continuity professional. The BC Primer course walks practitioners through the strategic and tactical process of launching a new BC program, restoring a broken program, or re-establishing an abandoned BC program.

"Our first task was finding someone who could produce this simple business continuity program in an effective way, and I think Lambert Learning Institute was the true logical choice," said Arnold.

Phil Lambert, MBCP, CBCP, brings 25 years of experience to DRJ Academy and years of teaching others within the industry.

"When I first started the Center of Continuity Leadership (renamed Ripcord Solutions), I put together several all-day workshops for practitioners which was widely accepted by planners," said Lambert. "I’ve always had a heart to provide to the professional practitioner what they needed to be successful and to increase their significance to the organization."

"I have felt the industry has not supported the practitioner all that well with the level of education provided to them. They can pick up experience over years of conferences, webinars, or trial-and-error, but there wasn’t a practical, fundamental, applicable course for taking someone who knows nothing about business continuity and be able to engage them in that first year of implementing a program."

Lambert believes DRJ Academy can help individuals get their resilience program – and a new career – off the ground the way it should be.

"Our goal is to take an entry level person with no experience in business continuity and get them through that difficult first year," said Lambert. "With all that must be accomplished those first 12 months, the BC Primer course provides a step-by-step process that will achieve the expected results."

DRJ Academy will show practitioners how to design and implement an agile, smart, systematic, practical, and functional business continuity program.

Visit and get started today.

About Disaster Recovery Journal

DRJ is the industry’s largest resource for business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis communication, and risk management, reaching a global network of more than 138,000 professionals. Offering weekly webinars, the latest industry news, resources, podcasts, an official mentoring program, a quarterly magazine, DRJ Academy, and two annual live conferences, DRJ is leading the way to keep professionals up-to-date and connected in an ever-changing world. Our mission is to give business continuity professionals the insight, information, and inspiration they need to make smarter decisions concerning the overall protection of their organization. Subscribe or follow us on social media today. For more information about Disaster Recovery Journal, visit

About Lambert Learning Institute

Resiliency practitioner training made simple – this is the foundation of Lambert Learning Institute. After founding Ripcord Solutions and developing countless customized client resiliency courses the past 15 years, Phil Lambert’s original passion for the practitioner’s success became unbearable to suppress. Seeing a need for sensible, practical, and experience-based training and instruction, the goal of Lambert Learning Institute is that every practitioner who wants to reach a higher level of success will have access to the best education and tools in the industry. Every course, presentation, and blog posting from Lambert Learning Institute contains helpful tactics and tools that are practical and easily implemented.

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Jon Seals
Disaster Recovery Journal