As this is a brand new course and certification released by AXELOS, Mark thought it would be a good idea to provide some details of his experience and the materials he used to prepare for and take the exam. Mark explains this below.
As part of the current international Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program for RESILIA, I was provided with comprehensive courseware provided by ITpreneurs. ITpreneurs is one of the four official global RESILIA courseware providers licensed by AXELOS.
I was provided with a copy of the trainer slides which are externally interactive and a digitally protected softcopy version of the student handbook, which includes comprehensive notes and guidance on both cyber resilience and areas which are likely to be examined.
The RESILIA Course Book and Exam
The coursebook contains one full sample exam and a second sample exam is available for download from the RESILIA website (login may be required). This provides delegates with a total of one-hundred sample questions to use to prepare for the exam proper. The exam consists of fifty questions with a passing score of 65%.
First off I scanned the coursebook and slides. As the RESILIA Foundation course is based at Blooms Level 2, key definitions are certainly examined. Also examined are key and pivotal points and areas regarding cyber resilience. As a trainer, it was easy enough for me to spot the key tenants of the course and using the syllabus I got a clear view of what areas are examined. Then I took a day out of my schedule to read, take notes, prepare, do the sample papers, review and repeat the process again.
Beware though, this approach is not for everyone, and as I learned later on during the exam proper, once you rule out the question distractors you are generally left with at least two plausible answers.
As part of the TTT, I was provided with an exam voucher to take the exam online. As I am registered through PeopleCert, I took the online exam with them. The process was seamless and best of all, with online proctoring, I did the exam in the comfort of my own home office.
Overall the courseware is good and concise and the two sample exams help prepare for the exam proper. Beware though, the exam is not to be taken lightly.
For those trainers out there who want to upskill and deliver the RESILIA courses, I understand there is still an opportunity to register for the RESILIA Train The Trainer for a limited time in 2015, at least through ITpreneurs.
The next step is to tackle the forthcoming RESILIA Practitioner exam in order to qualify as an official trainer for the RESILIA Portfolio.
About the author
Mark O’Loughlin is a business owner, senior executive, Director, consultant and strategist helping organizations to improve their business development, sales, marketing, service delivery, and customer services.
Mark is recognized as a global thought leader in digital IT, cloud computing, DevOps, cloud service management and IT Service Management, providing consulting services to global clients.
Mark is the author of two books, is published in four languages and is a keynote speaker and educator. Has extensive experience in outsourcing, business transformation, driving business change, IP development and digital enablement. Mark is one of only eighty-five ITIL Masters globally.