Fires, explosions, floods, earthquakes, chemical spills, power failures, food contamination, acts of terrorism...these are just some of the emergency situations we face across the globe.
In 2018, Statista tells us there were 10,300 reported fatalities from natural disasters alone, worldwide. This total does not include deaths and injuries from man-made disasters, such as fires, oil spills, transport accidents, nuclear meltdowns, violence, and industrial accidents.
Unstable political and environmental forces have generated rising demand for professionals trained in handling emergency situations. And in the private sector, stakeholders want better strategies for predicting, responding to, and recovering from disasters that impact workers, productivity, and overall stability.
From private corporations and public institutions, to all levels of government, there is a need for people who understand how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Are you considering a career in emergency management? Kompass has just launched a brand new Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate, specifically designed to help people transition into this growing field.
In this post, we provide an overview of the emergency management career, how the Certificate is structured, and what to expect in class. Let’s get started.
What Does an Emergency Manager Do?
Emergency Managers are responsible for developing plans and procedures to deal with disasters and emergency situations. The scope of the position varies depending on the employer, but usually includes the following:
- Risk analysis and disaster prevention
- Predicting the most likely emergencies, and strategizing effective response strategies
- Developing emergency protocols (for example, planning evacuation routes)
- Coordinating ground teams and first responders
- Providing training on emergency procedures
- Helping organizations recover from disasters
How do You Become an Emergency Management Specialist?
Most emergency management careers begin with a university degree. However, some employers will accept experience in a related position, and shorter educational credentials—such as a college diploma or Emergency Management Certificate.
For example, if you have a background in law enforcement, firefighting, healthcare, or another occupation that involves emergency response, you’ll have an easier time transitioning into this field without a degree.
For more details on training, certifications, and careers: Becoming an Emergency Manager: What Training & Skills Do You Need?
What will you learn in Emergency and Disaster Management training?
Ideal candidates for the Emergency Management Certificate include public safety, first responders, human resources and healthcare professionals looking to upgrade their skills for career advancement.
Or, university graduates with general degrees, looking for practical training that will lead to job opportunities in emergency management.
The certificate teaches the fundamentals of emergency and disaster management. Students learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, with strategies and tools that apply across industries. Courses cover the following topics:
- Introduction to emergency and disaster management
- Hazard identification and risk management
- Prevention and mitigation strategies
- Preparedness and response
- Incident management systems
- Impact to the community and environment
- Recovery and continuity
What is the length & structure of the Emergency Management Certificate?
The Emergency Management Certificate is delivered online, with a flexible deadline for completing the training.
Students have between 3-6 months to finish the certificate, working through the courses and assignments at their own pace.
Key features of the program:
- Take up to 6 months to complete the Emergency Management Certificate
- Listen to pre-recorded lectures at your own pace
- Get personalized, continuous support from your instructor
- Get access to an online collection of course materials and resources
- Enrollments accepted on a rolling basis, at the beginning of each week
Admission into the Emergency Management Certificate requires a post-secondary degree/diploma—or relevant work experience.
Where do Emergency Managers Work?
Emergency managers work in many different industries, across the public and private sectors. Employers include:
- Federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal governments
- Not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations
- Large corporations, including manufacturing and industrial plants
- Disaster management consulting firms
Is an Emergency Management Certificate right for you?
If you'd like to learn more about emergency management training or careers, we welcome you to explore the certificate in greater detail. Fill out the Request Information form on this screen to get fast, free information via email. Or, click below to browse the program, see prices, and chat live with an Admissions Advisor.
Our team can answer your questions and confirm whether you are eligible for admission. We're here to help!
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