Emergency Management

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (9 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1809X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Full-time Online


Our Program

In today's world, threats and risk are increasingly complex due to the diversity of natural and man-made hazards. 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, risk management, critical infrastructure protection, business continuity planning and collections and analysis from exercises and real events to improve the capacity to respond to emergencies.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within five years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have sound critical and analytical skills.
  • Work well in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
  • Are inquisitive about research techniques and emerging trends in emergency management and operations.
  • Are comfortable working with multidisciplinary professional teams.

Your Career

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.

Graduation Fee

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • Applicants are required to provide proof of successful completion of a university degree or two-year Ontario College Diploma (minimum) or equivalent in a related discipline, OR related work experience in emergency management.
  • Applicants who have not completed a university degree or college diploma may be considered based upon relevant emergency management work experience and/or postsecondary credits achieved. These applicants will be assessed individually.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-Overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

Please forward application documentation to:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8

Program Eligibility

Applicants are required to provide proof of a university degree or two-year Ontario College Diploma or equivalent in a related business area or related work experience.

Please forward application documentation to:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8
Fax: 613-727-7634


  • As a course registrant, you may only register for a maximum of three courses in the program before you must submit an application form.
  • Should you wish to complete the program, you must meet the program admission requirements, and formally apply to be accepted into the program.
  • Courses taken within six semesters from the first course registration may be applied toward the program once you are accepted as a program registrant. However, the College reserves the right to determine your eligibility for program admittance.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Lindsay Spires, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6284 or spiresl@algonquincollege.com.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameSummer
Series: 01
ERC518060.0Foundations of Emergency ManagementOnline Learning
ERC518445.0Business Continuity PlanningOnline Learning
ERC518660.0Hazard Identification Risk AssessmentOnline Learning
ERC518745.0Crisis Communication and Public Information ManagementOnline Learning
ERC519145.0Critical Infrastructure ProtectionOnline Learning
Series: 02
ERC518260.0Incident Management SystemsOnline Learning
ERC518545.0Emergency Exercise DesignOnline Learning
ERC519245.0Crisis Management and Critical Incident StressOnline Learning
ERC519390.0Research ProjectOnline Learning


ERC5180 Foundations 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. Concepts of emergency management and the models, systems, and processes required to effectively plan, mitigate, respond and recover from various disasters are explored. In addition, students learn to manage disasters involving multiple jurisdictions at national and international levels. Students gain a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the emergency manager during tragedies, natural disasters, hazardous materials, incidents and terrorist events.

ERC5184 Business Continuity Planning

Areas of business continuity and disaster recovery are covered. Students learn the concepts, principles, terminologies and available solutions in this subject area. DRII, the Institute for Continuity Management model is followed.

ERC5186 Hazard Identification Risk Assessment

Threats and hazards vary in their likelihood, probability and impact; an effective approach to managing them requires that the risk be identified, assessed, monitored as a basis of effective emergency management. Through case studies and critical analysis, students explore the methods, tools and approaches to identify and respond effectively and strategically to the multitude of risk within an emergency management framework.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

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.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

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. Students attempt to answer the question what should be protected and how?

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

ERC5182 Incident Management Systems

Basic principles associated with Incident Management Systems (IMS) covers organization, facilities, operational guidelines and standard terminology. Students learn resource management and explore principles of IMS as they are used in incident and crisis situations and preplanned event management. Emphasis is on the flexibility of an IMS 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. They review the 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.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

ERC5185 Emergency Exercise Design

Students develop emergency exercise programs for their agencies or jurisdiction. Understanding the fundamentals of exercise design prepares students 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 and emergency management exercise. Focus is on the exercises based upon the students' local emergency disaster plans.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

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.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180

ERC5193 Research Project

Students complete a research project which in consultation with the course facilitator focuses on a selected topic in emergency management. This provides students the opportunity to conduct an independent research project which is original, sustainable and creative. Topics of interest need approval from the course facilitator. The project demonstrates the students' knowledge of theory and the ability to apply it in the field.

Pre-requisites: ERC5180 AND ERC5182 AND ERC5184 AND ERC5185 AND ERC5186 AND ERC5187 AND ERC5191 AND ERC5192