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Become a Certified Organisational Resilience Practitioner (CORP lite)™️ by evidencing knowledge, understanding and a strong commitment to resilience

The CORP lite™️ programme celebrates the learning achievements and contribution of entry-level resilience practitioners and those seeking to make the initial move from a business continuity, emergency response or other operational role into something more strategic. As such, the programme offers an excellent introduction to resilience qualifications and a clear development pathway for those practitioners who wish to follow a career in resilience or strategic risk management and who may ultimately wish to secure full CORP™️ status.

In addition to accessing the Academy's unique career-support tools, CORP lite™️ status allows practitioners to gain recognition for the contribution they make to debate within the organisation on the subject of risk and for their success in promoting a whole-organisation approach to resilience. The use of the CORP lite™️ logo and acronym offers a highly effective means of advertising achievements in these subjects to clients and potential employers, and demonstrates a level of real-world engagement which can be difficult when relying on qualifications alone.

The programme for gaining Certified Organisational Resilience Practitioner (CORP lite)™️ status begins with our unique webinar-based introductory course, which is Institute Approved (IA). The IA quality kite-mark, which provides professional recognition for the Academy's learning content and approach to leadership development, allows successful candidates to enjoy the additional benefits of full membership and access to award-winning learning resources from one of the UK's largest institute bodies - The Institute of Leadership and Management - and access to the post nominals MInstLM.

Having attended the foundational IA course, CORP lite™️ status is secured through knowledge and activity assessment using real-world evidence obtained through the practitioner's own organisation or those organisations which he/she works with. As detailed below, practitioner's knowledge and understanding is assessment against a clearly defined assignment description. A second assignment seeks to capture the practitioner's contribution to resilience as a whole-organisation concept.

Practitioner: a person actively engaged in a skilled profession or an expert who uses their knowledge in a particular discipline. As a practitioner, and as part of your personal development, you deserve to have your contribution, engagement, experience, expertise, skills and competence properly recognised.

Candidates are not asked to sit an exam and there are no specific preconditions which could act as a barrier to participation. There is no annual subscription or licensing fee, and there is no expiry date to CORP lite™️ status once achieved. Once confirmed, certified status allows individuals to display the CORP lite™️ logo and to reference their achievement on personal websites and social media profiles.

CORP lite™️ status is deliberately aimed at those practitioners who want a clear development pathway to more strategic-level engagement on the subjects of risk and resilience, but who also wish to benefit from early recognition and full membership of The Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).

Key elements of the CORP lite™️ programme are outlined below:

  • Based upon a new foundational course, which is accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management and satisfies the requirements for full institute membership.
  • FREE copy of The Organisational Resilience Handbook, released earlier this year through award-winning publishers Kogan Page.
  • Unlimited support for candidates, including advice on the use of resilience tools and techniques.
  • Free, ongoing CV and job application support and career advisory service.
  • Understanding and contribution assessed against clearly defined criteria.
  • Modular fee structure, allowing candidates to move from the Institute Approved course to CORP lite™️ status at their own pace and against a timescale appropriate to the organisations they work with.
  • The ability to progress to full CORP™️ status, which can also be achieved via the Academy's unique, Ofqual-registered Level 5 qualification course.

Central to the CORP lite™️ programme is the confirmation of learning achievements and the contribution made to resilience thinking in an organisational setting. There are two elements to this, as outlined below:

  1. Knowledge and understanding. A single written assignment aimed at differentiating organisational resilience from other concepts and explaining it by reference to strength, competitiveness, reshaping and growth. The assignment should include detail of case study organisations and indications of what resilience means for organisations in a post-pandemic environment.
  2. Engagement. A single written assignment aimed at demonstrating a personal contribution to resilience thinking within an organisational setting. Consistent with the Academy's view of resilience, this could include presentations given on the topic, the detail of involvement in relevant change programmes or reports produced and submitted to the organisation's management.
  3. Both assignments should be between 1200-1500 words and point specifically to a resilience agenda which goes beyond traditional business continuity or emergency planning considerations.

Organisational Resilience continues to mean many things to many people. This programme adopts a simple, yet progressive approach to resilience thinking and supports the view that resilience represents an important strategic capability for each and every organisation, regardless of size, complexity or commercial orientation.

This new programme represents a fantastic contribution to personal and professional development and should prove to be of great interest to practitioners across many different fields, including risk, safety, security, continuity, supply chain, IT, assurance, emergency planning and crisis management. It should also be of interest to those in operational roles who are looking to follow risk or resilience as a specific discipline at this point in their career.

FAQs:

Why is no exam required? Routes to certified status in some other fields do indeed require candidates to sit an exam. However, these are often only multiple choice style exercises and it is difficult to identify what real value they add. The CORP lite™️ programme focuses on knowledge, understanding and the candidate's ability to evidence their contribution to the resilience agenda within an organisation. Certified practitioner status is not about the power of recall or remembering each of the elements within a particular standard. CORP lite™️ is about the candidate’s contribution to resilience-thinking within an organisation.

I have several years of resilience experience and other relevant qualifications, so do I need to take the foundational IA course? Yes, the Academy's Institute Approved course provides an essential overview of resilience as a strategic capability and one which introduces resilience as something which is relevant to the whole organisation. Whilst experience is clearly very important, as are other qualifications, it is equally important that we establish a clear and consistent benchmark for achieving certified practitioner status. With resilience practitioners still struggling to coalesce around a single definition or approach to the subject, our IA course acts not only to confirm knowledge and understanding, it also acts to calibrate thinking and helps to create a common language for us to use as part of assessing contribution.

I am part of a resilience team - how can I best evidence what I have achieved? The evidencing and assessment is based on your individual contribution, which can be as an independent consultant or practitioner or as part of a wider team within an organisation. We can discuss with you the type of evidence which should be most appropriate in any given situation, but being a member of a wider team is certainly NOT a barrier to achieving certified practitioner status.

Is the CORP programme aimed at employees of an organisation or at consultants? Quite simply, the programme is aimed at both and is aimed at recognising the contribution of both. The context within which each organisation operates is unique and this includes the detail of how organisations might seek to assess and improve their resilience capability and their performance. What is important in respect of seeking certified status is the relevance and completeness of the evidence practitioners are able to provide, not the terms under which it was created.

How much are the CORP lite™️ fees? The latest fees are available on our website. We are committed to keeping CORP lite™️ assessment fees at a competitive level, and candidates should remember there is NO annual registration or re-assessment involved. Importantly, the CORP lite™️ fee structure means that candidates can take the IA course without committing to the upgrade and assessments until they are ready.

Can I resubmit evidence if it does not pass the assessment? Yes, absolutely. Candidates will receive unlimited support from us as they work to achieve CORP lite™️ status. There are no arbitrary timescale set for completing the process. Candidates can request additional help and guidance on the detail of the assessment criteria at any point.

Who will be undertaking the assessments? Over time it is likely that we will need a network of trusted assessors to help deliver on this very important element of the programme. At launch, I plan to undertake all assessments personally in order to ensure that we set the correct levels of achievement and that we do so consistently. The initially quality of these assessments is particularly important as we are expecting practitioners to come forward from a variety of sectors and with very different experiences.

How long will achieving certified status take? The programme of assessment is highly flexible, as it should be, with timescales dictated by the candidate and the pace of their work. As each organisation’s resilience stance is different, so too will be the experiences of each CORP lite™️ candidate, and the programme must be capable of reflecting this. As a result, some candidates may expect to obtain certified status within 6-8 weeks of completing the IA course. For others this may take several months. What is important is that candidates feel able to properly evidence their contribution to the organisation’s resilience and not to feel rushed or influenced by arbitrary dates.

The assessment process is intended to be a very human experience as well as one which remains flexible and reflective of different conditions. We will always work with candidates to ensure that the requirements for evidencing competence and contribution are interpreted fairly and in a meaningful way.

Notes:

Certified Organisational Resilience Practitioner (CORP)™️, CORP lite™️, CORP™️ Academy and the CORP™️ logo are trademarks of AJC Bell Consulting Limited and their use is granted only in respect of the criteria listed above. The trademarks must not be used in a way which could infer ownership and certified practitioners must not claim to be able to grant their use to others or to operate their own certification process on such a basis. CORP and CORP lite™️ status applies only to named individuals and the trademarks must not be used in a way which infers status or achievement at an organisational level. Permissions relevant to the CORP trademarks may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the trademark owner. This and any other change in use will be notified to certified practitioners in writing.

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