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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Please select from the categories below to read FAQs relating to each of our qualification schemes.

BiSL FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is BiSL?

    The Business information Services Library (BiSL®) framework, developed by the ASL BiSL Foundation, provides guidance on adopting a professional and systematic approach to the management of business information.

    While IT ensures that information is stored, processed and available, effective business information management ensures that an organization is able to respond to specific business demands.

    Find out more at:
    www.apmg-international.com/en/qualifications/bisl/bisl.aspx

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  • How can I train for the BiSL examination?

    Training for BiSL is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International. The full list of BiSL ATOs can be found at:
    www.apmg-international.com/en/search/ao-search-en.aspx

    Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver BiSL training.

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  • Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

    No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations. APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self study.

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  • How do I sit the exams?

    The vast majority of, if not all, BiSL accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG-International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

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  • How much does it cost to sit the BiSL examination?

    If you are sitting the examination through an accredited training organization, the cost of the exam is generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exam is being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International service desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at:
    servicedesk@apmg-international.com

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  • Are there any pre-requisites for the BiSL examination?

    There are no pre-requisites for taking the BiSL Foundation examination.

    Candidates must pass the BISL foundation exam before being eligible to undertake the BiSL Advanced examination.

    Please note that we will also accept a pass of the EXIN BiSL foundation exam, as a pre-requisite for undertaking the BiSL Advanced examination, providing the certificate was issued before the end of April 2012.

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  • What is the main supporting publication for BiSL and where can I purchase it?

    Training courses and qualifications are supported by the BiSL - A Framework for Business Information Management publication, published by Van Haren Publishing.

    In addition to the above publication, an additional guidance document - Additional guidance BiSL Advanced qualification, published by the ASL BiSL Foundation - has been created to support the BiSL Advanced certification level.

    Both guidance documents This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at:
    www.apmg-businessbooks.com

    The majority of accredited training organizations will include the publication(s) as part of the course package. Please check with individual ATOs to confirm this.

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  • Which languages are the BiSL examinations available in?

    The BiSL Foundation examination is currently available in German, Dutch and English. The BiSL Advanced examination is currently available in Dutch and English only. Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.

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  • Which languages is the supporting BiSL publication(s) available in?

    The main supporting publication, BiSL - A Framework for Business Information Management, is available in Dutch and English.

    The additional BiSL guidance - Additional guidance BiSL Advanced qualification - is currently available in Dutch and English.

    Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.

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  • How long will it take to learn the BiSL material?

    For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experience and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the supporting publications and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.

    For those looking to study with an accredited training organization, we recommend investigating with individual providers, as they will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

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  • What is the structure of the BiSL examination?

    A summary of the structure of the BiSL examination can be seen at:
    www.apmg-international.com/en/qualifications/bisl/bisl.aspx

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  • How long is the BiSL qualification valid for?

    The qualifications are not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

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  • When can I expect the result of my BiSL examination?

    The examination can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Official notification will follow shortly afterwards.

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  • When will I receive my certificate?

    A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

    If you sat the Advanced or both exams, an Advanced certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the Advanced results have been released.

    Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

    If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frame please contact our Customer Interaction Team – servicedesk@apmg-international.com

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  • What is the pass mark for the BiSL examination?

    Candidates must achieve a score of 26/40 (65%) to pass to pass the foundation exam.

    Candidates must achieve a score of 26/40 (65%) to pass the advanced exam.

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  • What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a BiSL Approved Trainer?

    To be eligible to apply to become a BiSL approved trainer, individuals must pass the advanced examination and achieve a score of 75% (30/40 marks).

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  • How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

    To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email servicedesk@apmg-international.com noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise.

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  • Can I use the BiSL logo?

    Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the BiSL logo. This includes BiSL ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) accredited by APMG-International. The BiSL logo is a registered trade mark of the ASL BiSL Foundation and should not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license.

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  • How do I become an BiSL approved trainer?

    All BiSL trainers must be "sponsored" by an BiSL accredited training organization (ATO). Details of all BiSL ATOs can be found at:
    www.apmg-international.com/en/search/ao-search-en.aspx

    A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG-International office.

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  • How does my organization become an BiSL Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

    An organization wishing to become an BiSL ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG-International service desk or a regional APMG-International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.

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