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Recent events, such as terrorist attacks, major weather fluctuations, widespread power outages, and the impending threat of pandemic influenza emphasize the importance of having an emergency response and management plan. This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program equips students, both tactically and strategically, to understand and respond to the four domains of emergency management: mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
The curriculum covers key topics: legislative and policy framework, emergency management site operations, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) countermeasures, critical infrastructure protection, business continuity planning and crisis communication.
To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within seven years.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop, review and update emergency policies and programs based upon relevant legislation, standards, and procedures.
- 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.
- Develop, implement, and maintain a business continuity plan that will ensure the continuation and recovery of normal operations of affected business and industry.
- Develop, evaluate, and conduct training programs and exercises to test current emergency management programs.
- Assess the integration and compatibility of various emergency policies, plans and procedures of area/regional private and public sectors.
- 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.
- Perform operational functions in emergency situations.
- Coordinate the development of, and administer public awareness and education programs, emergency information and media relations programs.
- 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.
- Lead emergency management teams using knowledge about the different styles of leadership and influence and their impact on behavior in an emergency management context.
Graduates may find employment in government (all levels) and the private sector in such roles as business continuity managers/planners, emergency management program coordinators, emergency management planners and as emergency response officers.
Fees & Expenses
Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.
Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.
- Applicants are required to provide proof of a university degree or two-year Ontario College Diploma in a related business area, or equivalent.
Please fill out an application form and return with all supporting documentation to:
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
ON K2G 1V8
For more information, please contact Coordinator Damien Coakeley at 613-727-4723, ext. 3389 or email@example.com.
|ERC5180||45.0||Foundations of Emergency Management|
|ERC5181||45.0||Legislative Framework of Emergency Management|
|ERC5182||45.0||Incident Command System (Ics)|
|ERC5183||45.0||Emergency Operations Centres|
|ERC5184||45.0||Business Continuity Planning|
|ERC5185||45.0||Emergency Exercise Design and Debriefing|
|ERC5186||45.0||Hazardous Materials Management and Environmental Protection|
|ERC5187||45.0||Crisis Communication and Public Information Management|
|ERC5188||45.0||Leadership and Influence in Emergency Response|
|ERC5189||45.0||Cbrne Threats and Countermeasures|
|ERC5190||45.0||Volunteer Response to Disasters|
|ERC5191||45.0||Critical Infrastructure Protection|
|ERC5192||45.0||Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress|
ERC5180 Foundations of Emergency Management
Students learn the concepts of emergency management and the necessary models, systems, and processes required to effectively plan, mitigate, respond and recover from various disasters. In addition, students learn how to effectively manage disasters involving multiple jurisdictions at national, as well as international levels and illustrate the ways in which the duties and responsibilities of managers have evolved over time. Students gain a fundamental understanding of the role and responsibilities of the emergency manager during tragedies, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and terrorist events.
ERC5181 Legislative Framework of Emergency Management
Legislation is an important aspect of emergency prevention, preparedness and response. Students learn about the various acts, legislations and regulations governing municipal, provincial and federal agencies.
ERC5182 Incident Command System (Ics)
Students learn the basic principles associated with Incident Command System (ICS) covering organization, facilities and standard terminology. Students learn organization and operation, and resource management and explore examples of how the essential principles of ICS are used in incident and preplanned event management. The course emphasizes the flexibility of ICS to start from small-scale incidents and expand into large-scale multi-jurisdictional operations. Students discuss planning, operational, logistical, and fiscal considerations related to the management of complex incidents and events and review the role of the Emergency Operations Centre as it relates to the Incident Command System.
ERC5183 Emergency Operations Centres
Knowledge and skills to manage and operate an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during crisis situations is acquired. Students learn aspects of designing, developing and/or reviewing EOC facility, plans and operational guidelines. Students also learn various aspects of information gathering and dissemination including best practices for promoting enhanced planning and better control of information flow to safely and effectively make strategic response decisions.
ERC5184 Business Continuity Planning
All areas of business continuity and disaster recovery are covered. Students learn the concepts, principles, terminologies and available solutions in this subject area. This course follows DRII the Institute for Continuity Management model.
ERC5185 Emergency Exercise Design and Debriefing
Students develop emergency exercise programs for their agencies or jurisdiction. Understanding the fundamentals of exercise design prepares the student to design and conduct a small functional exercise for their organization. Such exercises test emergency plans to the fullest and identify potential plan flaws or shortfalls, while providing suggested corrective actions. The Exercise Evaluation portion provides knowledge and skills to manage exercise evaluation activities before, during and after an emergency management exercise. The course focuses on the exercises based upon the students' local emergency disaster plans.
ERC5186 Hazardous Materials Management and Environmental Protection
An overview of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations/HAZWOPER and Hazard Communication Standards and the Environmental Protection Act governing hazardous materials is provided. Students examine the administrative roles at a hazardous materials incident as they relate to personnel management, decision making and hazardous materials.
ERC5187 Crisis Communication and Public Information Management
During a crisis, the media is often seen as the enemy. Most companies and organizations do not realize that adopting a strategy of working with the media can make managing the crisis a lot easier. Students understand how the media operates in a crisis, how to proactively work with the media during a crisis, and how to communicate through the media to reach all key audiences and stakeholders. Students also gain a solid grounding on how public information fits into the Incident Command System.
ERC5188 Leadership and Influence in Emergency Response
Students learn the specific leadership requirements needed to lead and influence others in the demanding setting of emergency management. Students build on increasing the range of skills in a variety of interpersonal areas: conflict management, use of power, group dynamics, as well as leadership and influence. Students also focus on defining leadership while understanding the evolution of leadership theories and management.
ERC5189 Cbrne Threats and Countermeasures
Capabilities, limitations, operation, and preventive and corrective maintenance of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) detection are explored. Students learn unique threat properties, how to respond and protective measures.
ERC5190 Volunteer Response to Disasters
Students learn to improve skills in recognizing volunteer resources in the community, and enhance the ability to manage the involvement of volunteers in all phases of emergency management. Students learn about the benefits of volunteer involvement, develop the ability to identify the wide range of talents volunteers have to offer, acknowledge and build upon the diversity of volunteers, and identify numerous resources and outreach mechanisms for reaching different populations.
ERC5191 Critical Infrastructure Protection
A historical perspective of how various critical infrastructures have evolved and the quantitative approaches commonly used to evaluate them is explored. Students apply quantitative vulnerability analysis to a variety of infrastructure sectors and how best to allocate limited funding to minimize overall risk. The course attempts to answer the question, what should be protected and how?
ERC5192 Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress
An effective foundation for concepts and skills employed in crisis or disaster situations is explored. Students learn about group behaviour, psychological response to crisis, crisis communication, and conflict resolution, as well as gain a solid grounding in understanding and managing critical incident stress reactions in people exposed to traumatic events, with particular emphasis given to the nature of trauma and the mitigation of its impacts. Students explore different types of critical incidents and their associated features, acute, delayed, and cumulative stress reactions of normal persons exposed to abnormal events, the rescue personality and basic debriefing methodology.
ERC5193 Placement/Research Project
Students choose between completing a field placement or completing a research project. Placement provides the opportunity for the student to receive practical experience in emergency management. Under the guidance and supervision of a mentoring EM manager, students are given the opportunity to experience the multi-faceted world of emergency management. Students are in the field in order to study and to integrate their acquired knowledge to the emergency management issues of various municipal, provincial and government establishments. Research projects provide students the opportunity to conduct an independent research project which is original, sustainable and creative. Topics of interest need approval from an academic advisor. The project demonstrates the learner's knowledge of theory and the ability to apply it in the field.
Pre-requisites: ERC5180 AND ERC5181 AND ERC5182 AND ERC5183 AND ERC5184 AND ERC5185 AND ERC5186 AND ERC5187 AND ERC5188 AND ERC5189 AND ERC5190 AND ERC5191 AND ERC5192