Every certified professional and vendor must take and pass the Qualifying Exam before they can apply to any level or designation for certification. The Qualifying exam is step one of a two part Certification process. DRI International administers the only professional Exam in Business Continuity Planning. The Qualifying Exam consists of a multiple-choice format test covering the subject areas of the “Professional Practices for Business Continuity Practitioners.” It takes 2-1/2 hours to complete the exam and requires a passing grade. Successful completion of the Exam, qualifies an individual to subsequently apply for any level of DRI certification. The fee for the Qualifying Exam is included in the price of many DRI International training courses. Prerequisites for the examination vary depending on location. Examinations in Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and select other markets are only offered in conjunction with training.