Earn your credential in Emergency Management

Recent natural disasters and state emergencies have underscored the need for communities to assist vulnerable populations during these crises. SPC's Advanced Technical Certificate offers an advanced level of emergency management and disaster preparedness training to professionals in the EMS, fire, law enforcement, public health and related fields. This certificate is for professionals who already have an A.S. degree or higher in a related field.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Emergency Management Directors

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Features of SPC's Emergency Management Certificate

SPC's College of Public Safety Administration has been training and educating local, state and federal emergency management professionals for many years. This means we have developed materials, relationships, and expertise in providing students with current knowledge and skills in the field.

Emergency Management Advanced Technical Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2021 (585)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2021 (585), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Please contact PublicSafetyAdvising@spcollege.edu for questions regarding this program.

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

This Advanced Technical Certificate provides professionals in the EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, Public Health and other related occupations an advanced level of training in emergency management and disaster preparedness. Recent natural disasters and state emergencies have highlighted the need communities have to serve vulnerable populations during these crises. This need exists across a wide range of occupations that respond to such disaster situations. Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. This program is intended for students who have already attained an A.S. degree in the area of public safety or emergency management. Some courses in this ATC may apply towards the Public Safety Administration BAS degree.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of all coursework with a grade of "C" or higher.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Susan Demers
Geoffrey Brown
Lead Instructor
Program Advisor

Florida CIP Code

743030267 - Emergency Administration & Management ATC

Federal CIP Code

43.0302 - Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.

Skills you learn in the Emergency Management Certificate

  • Assess hazards and prepare plans to respond to emergencies and disasters in order to minimize risk to people and property
  • Meet with public safety officials, private companies, and the general public to get recommendations regarding emergency response plans
  • Organize emergency response training programs and exercises for staff, volunteers, and other responders
  • Coordinate the sharing of resources and equipment within the community and across communities to assist in responding to an emergency
  • Prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies Review emergency plans of individual organizations, such as medical facilities, to ensure their adequacy
  • Apply for federal funding for emergency management planning, responses, and recovery, and report on the use of funds allocated
  • Review local emergency operations plans and revise them if necessary
  • Maintain facilities used during emergency operations

This program is intended for students who have already attained an A.S. degree in the area of public safety or emergency management, such as those offered at SPC. Some courses in this ATC may apply towards the Public Safety Administration BAS degree.