Graduate with diverse skills for all types of emergencies - 2020/2021

For intakes beginning in Fall 2021, please see Emergency Management, EMG3.

Emergencies happen every day, and everywhere. Their responses require a dynamic and unique set of skills. Lives hang in the balance. Safety is the bottom-line. If an exciting and extraordinary career is what you’re looking for, and if you want to contribute to society in a meaningful way, the Emergency Management program will give you the opportunity to be the best you can be.

You’ll begin immediately learning how to handle disaster preparedness, and how to coordination real emergencies and deal with catastrophes. You’ll tackle risk assessment theory, terrorism, mitigation/prevention, response and recovery techniques. These skills are unique, sophisticated and invaluable. And you’ll have earned them all. You’ll also have the flexibility to learn these skills in a mixture of online and in-class learning, tailored to your schedule and your needs.

Work within the business/industry and public sectors in positions relating to emergency management planning and liaising with community partners. Your work will be behind the scenes, ensuring lives are saved, property protected.

At the end of the day, your career will be a defining part of who you are. Manage your future today.

This program is delivered in a blended in-class/online delivery format. It is suitable for students who can commit one day per week in-class and who are also self-motivated to complete the extensive on-line learning that is required.



Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
Emergency Telecommunications Ontario College Certificate
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in the field of emergency management as judged by the College to be equivalent

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 60 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Word processing skills are essential
  • Experience using the Internet for information-gathering and research
  • Advanced writing skills are essential
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed environment

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by April 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Emergency Management-2020/2021

Take all of the following Manadatory Courses:
MGMT-6037Incident Management System2
This course provides students with an orientation normally used for executives, administrators, policy makers, emergency planners and coordinators. It provides an understanding of the IMS and how it integrates with scene control. This course also provides the vital information required by continuity planners and the overall relationship with first responders. The course focus is utilizing the methods, logistics, and responsibilities of incident commanders, controlling situations, and managing the resources.
EMGT-6002EM Operations Centre Design & Procedure3
This course has participants develop EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) procedures and design an emergency operations centre layout with considerations of operational guidelines and best practices. Participants will utilize different formats and designs to evaluate the effectiveness of each.The EOC communications plans will also be developed with focus on verbal, written, electronic and radio received messages.
MGMT-6038Mitigation & Prevention Strategies2
This course will examine how mitigation and prevention strategies may eliminate or significantly reduce the impact of an emergency. Structural and non-structural measures including their effectiveness will be addressed. Historical success in mitigation and prevention strategies will be studied. Students will develop a mitigation/prevention strategy for an identified risk.
MGMT-6039Managing Proj. in Emergency Management2
Project Management principles and methods are essential in all phases of Emergency Management to ensure effective planning and execution. Students will learn the basics of Project Management and how and when to apply Project Management techniques and tools in Emergency Management. Students will work in teams to apply and plan an Emergency Management project and contribute to effective working relationships in the achievement of project goals.
EMGT-6009Recovery Phase Planning3
This course addresses how recovery plans are developed to formalize the process for an effective return of activities to the new norm. The recovery plans focus on specific roles and responsibilities for control group members, organizations and private sectors. Reception centres provide a safe place for evacuees to assemble, receive information and referral, obtain food, clothing and shelter and lodging if required. Issues related to management of these centres will be addressed. Recovery supporting plans will also be developed, such as pet plans and recovery plans.
EMGT-6010Comprehensive EM Exercise Design3
The purpose of this applied course is to enable students to develop complex exercise programs such as a full scale exercises. This will require complex exercise development with many roles participating simultaneously. The need for careful planning and controlled activation will be key to a successful exercise
EMGT-6011Emergency Management Foundation4
This course provides participants with an overview of emergency management in Ontario including the systems and processes for preventing, mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Participants will learn about the key provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, and understand the principals of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government and other key organizations involved in emergency management.
EMGT-6012Organizational Resilience-Intro3
This course provides participants with an understanding of organizational resilience including human resource deployment, relocation of operations, and business impact analysis concepts. Participants will understand how leadership during disasters and emergencies often has to shift from a democratic decision making process to a command structure to achieve desired operational goals to minimize disaster impact. Participants will understand how communications to external and internal stakeholders differs.
EMGT-6013Tabletop Exercise3
The design of emergency exercises and simulations must be done regularly as part of a comprehensive emergency plan. These exercises are based on hazard/risk identification and the occurrence of other possible emergencies that may occur within a given area. Students will design table top exercises that will be considered for implementation by the Emergency Management Office at Fanshawe College.
EMGT-6014Applied Exercise 13
This course works hand in hand with EMGT 6013 and will combine foundational emergency management knowledge with hands-on practical experience. Students will participate in all aspects of a tabletop exercise: leading, briefing, control, and evaluation. Students will facilitate a table top exercise that they develop which is based on a specific risk.
EMGT-6015Bus. Continuity Planning & Resources3
A vital component of an emergency management plan is planning for the disruption of business with the goals of smooth and quick recovery of affected business services. This course provides an overview of the professional practices and requirements in planning for businesses in the event of an emergency. This course is intended for anyone who is new to business continuity and wants to understand what business continuity is and what is involved in building and maintaining a business continuity management program.
COMM-6021Emergency Information Management3
Emergency communication is essential in all five phases of Emergency Management - Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Public inquiry systems, media relations and methods of delivering public awareness and education programs are components of crisis communication. In this course, learners will gain an understanding of the components of a crisis communications plan and develop the skills to support the crisis communications plan.
EMGT-6016Emergency Planning & Management4
This course provides the core components of emergency management as it relates to the creation and implementation of a plan to prepare for and respond to natural, human and technologically caused emergencies. The focus is on plan development, relevant legislation, standards, regulations, guidelines, procedures and risk management.
EMGT-6017Applied Exercise 23
Building on Applied Exercise 1, the intention of this course is to blend the advanced learned knowledge base with actual hands on practical experience. Using the designed scenario from Part 1, students will continue to develop their scenarios and conclude with the designed functional exercise. Students will form and exercise design team that will assist in the development of the functional exercise. This project requires that all aspects of briefing, control, conduction and evaluation of a complex exercise are completed. A final report submission will conclude this project.
EMGT-6018Program Evaluation2
The objective of an audit is to assess whether the Organization has an effective structure in place to effectively deliver an Emergency Management Program. This course will review details on how to direct an independent and objective auditing assessment of emergency management or business continuity programs.
FLDP-1023Emergency Management Field Practicum3.6
This field practicum experience is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and capabilities developed in the program in an Emergency Management workplace. During the practicum students will assess, research and address issues in Emergency Management in various corporate, municipal, provincial and other government agencies.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 12 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and Graduate from this program

Careers - 2020/2021

Career Opportunities

Findings indicate that there are current and emerging employment opportunities within the business/industry and public sectors. Positions are likely to be found in larger companies and municipalities with duties related to:

  • Ensuring operational capability and general state of readiness for the emergency control group and the emergency operations centre
  • Liasing with community partners and community leaders to develop and implement the emergency plan
  • Assembling a general emergency management plan, as well as common priority plans covering public information, emergency social services, evacuation and telecommunications, and hazard-specific preparedness plans for each hazard facing a community

More Information - 2020/2021

A 24-Week Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: EMG2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
24 week term
Academic Calendars available at


School of Public Safety: 519-452-4222

Program Description

The 24-week Graduate Certificate program in Emergency Management (EM) prepares graduates for employment in the public or private sector as a leader or member of a team engaged in activities in the area of emergency and disaster management.

This program begins in September and is delivered in a modular format, with six four-week modules comprised of in-class interaction one day per week, complemented by self-directed on-line course work for each module. The six modules proceed sequentially. Given the blended in-class/on-line delivery format, the program is ideally suited to employed students who can commit one day per week in-class and who are also self-motivated to complete the extensive on-line learning that is required.

The program reflects the work in the emergency management field that is performed on a regular basis within the framework of appropriate emergency management legislation. This program will equip students with the necessary skills to address key areas of emergency management from disaster preparedness, coordination and management of emergency events escalating through to catastrophes, to hazards, risk assessment, terrorism, mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Students will participate in a 140 hour field placement.

Other Information

  • A broad spectrum of learning methods will be used with a variety of information technologies to deliver course materials and instruction to students. This may include the use of multi-media on-line activities, print materials, web, email, Internet, CD-Rom, computer software, TV or radio. Each module will use a combination of delivery methods.
  • Students will need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection.


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, review, and update emergency policies and programs based upon relevant legislation, standards, and procedures;
  2. Conduct hazards identification and risk assessments, based on probability and consequence including the formulation of a risk profile addressing public and private sector issues and concerns;
  3. Develop, implement, and maintain a business continuity plan that will ensure the continuation and recovery of normal operations of affected business and industry;
  4. Develop, evaluate, and conduct training programs and exercises to test current emergency management programs;
  5. Assess the integration and compatibility of various emergency policies, plans and procedures of area/regional private and public sectors;
  6. Formulate, implement, and coordinate assigned projects within the community emergency management program within an allocated budget which meet or exceed legislative requirements incorporating a proactive risk management process and global best practices;
  7. Perform operational functions in emergency situations;
  8. Coordinate the development of, and administer public awareness and education programs, emergency information and media relations programs;
  9. Liaise/coordinate with provincial ministries, federal departments, private and public sector enterprises to develop and sustain partnerships to assist with all phases of emergency management strategies while ensuring up-to-date data and research.

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Program Coordinator:

Henry Pateman

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
24 weeks