Program Overview

Emergencies happen every day, and everywhere with lives hanging in the balance. Responses require a dynamic and unique set of skills that can withstand the stress of high-pressure situations. 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.
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Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2023 September
Fully Online

Your Learning Experience

This one-year, online Emergency Management graduate certificate program will cover all aspects of the established comprehensive emergency management programs including disaster preparedness, coordinating emergency response, and best practices in dealing with the preparation for, the response to, and the recovery from the aftermath of various catastrophes. You'll tackle project management, risk assessment theories, mitigation and risk prevention, as well as response and recovery techniques, and business continuity, all while understanding and cultivating effective communication skills that are essential to emergency management.


Although focusing on the virtual learning experience, students will also attend two in-person classroom sessions, one in each semester. These in-person sessions will not only provide students with provincial certification opportunities, but also the ability to apply academic teachings in the hands-on development and delivery of a tabletop emergency management exercise to a community partner. You'll have the flexibility to study in a mix of online and in-class learning, tailored to your schedule and your needs. You will also take part in a field placement program, again that is flexible and tailored to individual needs, where students will work side by side with emergency managers in a wide variety of environments. 


As a graduate, you’ll be ready to work within either the private or public sectors in positions relating to emergency management planning. Your work will be largely done behind the scenes liaising with community partners to ensure lives are saved and property is protected.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Emergency Management program can pursue a variety of careers across both private and public sectors including first responders, security management and alarm response. Positions are likely to be found in municipalities and private companies with roles as business continuity managers/planners, emergency response officers, emergency management coordinators and planners, disaster recovery coordinators, and emergency policy analyst, with duties related to:

  • Ensuring operational capability and state of readiness for the emergency control group and the emergency operations centre
  • Liaising with internal stakeholders and community partners/community leaders to develop and implement the emergency management and, business continuity plans
  • Coordinating the development of an emergency management plan, as well as common priorities covering public information, emergency social services, evacuation and telecommunications, and hazard-specific preparedness plans for each hazard facing a community or business
  • Development of emergency management and business continuity programs which encompasses public education, mitigation, training, and exercises


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Emergency Management program:


  • Emergency Management Duty Officer
    Monitor, assess and maintain situational awareness and provide critical response during significant events or emergency situations.
  • Crisis Response Worker
    Provide response to individuals in crisis, assessing the nature and scope of the crisis and taking appropriate action.
  • Emergency Management Advisor
    Act as a municipal emergency planning expert providing advice on developing and delivering emergency management programs.
  • Business Continuity Advisor
    Act as a business continuity planning expert providing advice on developing and delivering business continuity programs.
  • Emergency Information Officer
    Act as a Communications manager, responsible for the development and release of approved emergency information to the public during a crisis. 


Emergency Management student consults with team members
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.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Brent Arseneault


Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
Emergency Telecommunications Ontario College Certificate
911 and Public Safety Communications 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

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

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
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Personal Preparation

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

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


Level 1
Take all of the following Manadatory Courses:
MGMT-6172Incident Management System3
This course provides students with an orientation normally used for executives, administrators, policymakers, emergency planners, and coordinators. It builds on the foundational aspects of the Incident Management System (IMS) 100 course and provides students the advanced knowledge and application of the features, principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Management System. The course focuses on the large range of roles and responsibilities in dealing with emergencies, from first response to those assigned to a supervisory position in a larger incident within an IMS organization. This course also provides the vital understanding required to be able to operationalize theoretical processes throughout each of these roles. The course focus is utilizing the methods, logistics, and responsibilities of incident commanders, planning, controlling, and managing required resources.
EMGT-6020Mitigation & Prevention Strategies1
This course will prepare the students to examine how mitigation and prevention strategies may eliminate and/or reduce the impact of an emergency. Critical infrastructure, both structural and non-structural, will be reviewed to examine proactive measures that could be planned and operationalized to determine effectiveness in both business and operational continuity environments. Historical success in mitigation and prevention strategies will be studied through case study review and analysis. Students will develop a mitigation/prevention strategy for an identified risk and be able to apply these teachings to various elements.
EMGT-6019Emergency Management Foundation2
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 and the ability to anticipate, prepare, respond, and adapt to times of emergencies. This is a crucial factor in maintaining an expected level of operation within your organization. Components of resilience include human resource deployment, relocation of operations, and business continuity concepts. Participants will understand how leadership styles during disasters and emergencies often shift between various models to achieve desired operational goals to minimize disaster impact, based on the different phases of an emergency. Participants will also understand how communications to external and internal stakeholders differ.
EMGT-6022Business Continuity & Resource Mgmt 13
A vital component of an emergency management plan is planning for the disruption of business with the goals of a smooth and timely return to normal business operations for the affected business services. This course provides a detailed understanding of the professional practices and requirements in planning for businesses to maintain a continuity of operation in the event of an emergency. This course is intended for anyone who is new to the business continuity process and wants to understand what business continuity is and what is involved in building and maintaining a Business Continuity Management (BCM) program.
COMM-6044Emergency Information Management2
Crisis communication, in its wide variety of forms, remains a critical element to our success in all five phases of Emergency Management - Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Each of these phases presents both unique and connected styles, mediums, and messaging within the Incident Management System. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the components of a crisis communications plan and develop the operational skills to support the crisis communications plan, focusing on the effects of the information process on the required decision-making in both the planning of and operational response to critical incidents. Students will gain an understanding of how the media operates in a crisis, how to proactively work with the media during a crisis, and how to work through the media to reach all key audiences and stakeholders. Finally, students will engage in a series of assignments, both individually and in a group setting, that will require them to complete a series of messaging reports, applying knowledge of these principles, and applying considerations on how best to approach the crisis communication planning process.
EMGT-6016Emergency Planning & Management4
This course relates the core components of emergency management to the creation and implementation of a plan to prepare for and respond to natural, human, and technologically caused emergencies. The course focuses on fundamental project management approaches and how an emergency can be addressed. Students will apply these theoretical approaches to a variety of situations while addressing the impacts of relevant legislation(s), standards, regulations, and procedures. Students will apply the learned techniques to several small and large projects and case studies which will be developed, peer-reviewed, and delivered to identified community partner(s).
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Tuition Summary


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Total Cost of Program


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.