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Certificate in
Disaster and Emergency Management

Note: This certificate program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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This certificate is designed to prepare participants to act as members of a team involved in, planning for, and dealing with emergency incidents. Learners will be instructed on the phases of disaster management such as mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The fundamental goal of this certificate is to introduce participants to best practices including risk assessment and risk mitigation; pre- and post-disaster planning including business contingency planning; effective communication guidelines, pre- and post-disaster mitigation; on-the-ground operations; and follow through in search, rescue, response, and recovery.

The curriculum emphasizes the knowledge, processes, tools, and mechanisms necessary to ensure that disaster and emergency management projects are executed using best practices and success-proven procedures and resources deployment, and that they are performed in the most effective way possible.

Emergency Management Ontario

Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), both under the auspices of the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, have now designated the Chang School’s Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management as an approved educational provider.

Program Director: Anne-Marie Brinsmead, a2brinsm@ryerson.ca

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/disaster.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U, including Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CKDM 160   Disaster Emergency Management:  Emerging Issues
CSCI 232   Science:  Incident and Operations Management
CSCI 234   Science:  Analysis of Critical Incidents
CSCI 241   Science:  Planning for Emergency Management
CSCI 243   Science:  Continuity and Risk Management


Electives (select one)

CDCM 125   Communication:  Disaster and Emergency Incident Communications
CKDM 105   Disaster Emergency Management:  Project Management in Disaster Recovery
CKDM 110   Disaster Emergency Management:  Law of Disaster and Emergency Management
CKDM 115   Disaster Emergency Management:  Intl Policies and Disaster Coor
CSCI 230   Science:  Emergency Management Practice


Note to registered certificate program students
Effective Fall 2017, the Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management has been revised. Students who formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2017, must complete the program requirements in effect at the time they registered.

Required Courses
CKDM 120, CKDM 130, CKDM 140, and CKDM 150 deleted.
CSCI 232, CSCI 234, CSCI 241, and CSCI 243 added.
Electives
CKDM 100 deleted.
CSCI 230 added.

Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed three courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Survival in Urban Disasters and Emergencies requires completion of any three of the following courses: CSCI 230, CSCI 232, CSCI 234, and/or CSCI 243.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CKDM 160   Disaster Emergency Management:  Emerging Issues
CSCI 230   Science:  Emergency Management Practice
CSCI 232   Science:  Incident and Operations Management
CSCI 234   Science:  Analysis of Critical Incidents
CSCI 241   Science:  Planning for Emergency Management
CSCI 243   Science:  Continuity and Risk Management


Fast Track in Disaster and Emergency Management

This spring, participants in the Disaster and Emergency Fast Track (CKDM 999) can complete all six courses in the Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management in three months, and access specialized material and individualized instructor support.