Emergency Management & Incident Response
Available as a one-year program
This program is closed; applications are not currently being accepted.
Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career providing leadership and guidance during emergency situations. Gain the knowledge and specialized skills needed to respond operationally and strategically to emergencies through mitigation and prevention, preparedness planning, response and recovery.
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Start Date
September and May entry
Find your career
Gain the knowledge and skills needed to work in emergency management roles in various industries, levels of government and organizations. Graduates from this program will be prepared to fulfill a range of roles, including the following:
- Emergency management analyst/coordinator/planner
- Incident commander
- Emergency preparedness planner
- Continuity and emergency response specialist/coordinator
- Emergency and business planning coordinator
- Risk and emergency preparedness coordinator
- Safety and emergency management analyst
- Emergency planning and management coordinator
- Emergency response officer
Explore topics such as planning and coordination, legislative frameworks, risk and assessment, incident management systems, incident response and crisis communications to prepare for a career providing management expertise in a range of emergency situations.
- Learn how to develop, review and update emergency policies and programs based upon relevant legislation, standards and procedures, and what is required to conduct effective hazards identification and risk assessments.
- Explore developing, conducting and evaluating training programs and exercises to test current emergency management programs while assessing the integration and compatibility of various emergency polices, plans and procedures.
- Develop strategies for implementing and maintaining a business continuity plan that will ensure the recovery of normal operations for affected businesses and industries.
- Get an introduction to coordinating the development and administration of public awareness and education programs, emergency information and media relations programs.
- First Year - Semester One
- EMIR1006 Business Continuity Planning
- This course addresses the specific needs of businesses in planning for emergency situations. The focus is on business continuity and business resumption planning that allows for the business to function both during and after an emergency or disaster has occurred.
- EMIR1000 Emergency Management - An Introduction
- This course provides an overview of emergency management as a process and its role within governments and organizations. Learners will explore various acts, legislation and regulations governing emergency management at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
- EMIR1003 Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment
- This course explores risk assessment methods to identify threats and hazards, determine their likelihood, and analyze overall risk level. Learners will develop the ability to identify, assess, manage and monitor risk as part of an effective emergency management program.
- EMIR1002 Incident Response & Internal/External Response Integration
- In this course, learners will examine the integration of the internal response by employees of a business, with external emergency first responders (Police/Fire/EMS). The integration is not only during the response phase to an incident, but during the prevention/mitigation, preparation and recovery phases. Incident response is also addressed with the goal of managing a potential occurrence that limits damage and reduces economic or social losses.
- EMIR1001 Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness Response & Recovery
- This course explores the emergency management principles of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Strategies to eliminate or reduce the impact of emergency situations will be reviewed and applied. Recovery planning will be addressed to ensure an effective return of activities, following an emergency.
- First Year - Semester One (Elective Group 1 )
- EMIR1004 Emergency Management Exercise Design 1
- This course reviews the fundamentals of emergency exercise design. Learners explore various types of emergency education and training, including seminars, drills, simulations and full-scale exercises. Learners will participate in hands-on exercises based on identified risks. These exercises will be documented and evaluated, with a focus on identifying problems and weaknesses to stimulate appropriate recommendations for change.
- EMIR1005 Incident Response 200
- This course is designed to prepare front line supervisors to assume incident command of critical incidents until relieved. Individuals in law enforcement and front line operations will be able to utilize a critical level of operational awareness to assess, plan, prepare and respond as required with early interventions and de-escalation activities.
- Select 1 courses from above
- Second Year - Semester Two
- EMIR1013 Applied Capstone Project
- In this final capstone project, learners will utilize all components of the Emergency Management program to develop, plan and execute a full-scale exercise for an emergency situation.
- EMIR1009 Crisis Management & Organizational Resiliency
- This course will focus on the psychological impact of crisis including psychological response, conflict communication, conflict resolution and critical incident stress. Organizational resilience methods to address the psychology impact of crisis are explored.
- EMIR1012 Emergency Operations Centre
- Learners will explore emergency operations centre (EOC) procedures and communication plans, and develop a variety of emergency operations centre layouts/formats including virtual EOCs.
- EMIR1008 Incident Management System
- This course provides an overview of the Incident Management System in emergency situations.The role and responsibilities of the incident commander is reviewed, including planning, controlling situations, managing resources, information gathering, decision making, leadership and effective communication.
- EMIR1007 Information Management & Crisis Communications
- This course explores the importance of developing and supporting a crisis communication plan. Learners will examine the importance of media relations during a crisis, as well as the importance of public awareness and education components of the plan. The role of public information within the Incident Command System is also explored.
- Second Year - Semester Two (Elective Group 1 )
- EMIR1010 Emergency Management Exercise Design 2
This course builds on the Emergency Management Exercise Design 1 course. Learners will plan, develop and participate in an exercise for an identified risk. Learners will then evaluate the exercise to identify problems and weaknesses in the plan and appropriate recommendations for change.
Prerequisite: EMIR 1004
- EMIR1011 Incident Response 300
This course builds on Incident Response 200 to develop the next level of incident command leadership and to prepare duty officers/site supervisors to assume the role of incident commander at high risk incidents, lost or missing vulnerable person calls or incidents of unplanned public disorder.
Prerequisite: EMIR 1005
- Select 1 courses from above
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
- Total: $4,030.08
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- A diploma or degree in a related field from a recognized college or university, OR
- Related work experience in justice studies, paramedic, fire or other emergency response fields
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences in the field or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Learn more about our assessment and credit challenge process.
International students can apply for January 2022 intake. Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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