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Emergency Management and Business Continuity

Emergency Management and Business Continuity Professionals plan for, respond, and work to manage natural, technological and human-caused disasters. Acquire the knowledge, skills, and hands-on training to promote resilience and ensure enterprises and communities continue to function, recover and thrive.

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

EMP

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Contact

James Cowan

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2330.76 per semester*

International Tuition

$8757.92 per semester*

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Canadian Students

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January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

EMP

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Contact

James Cowan

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2330.76 per semester*

International Tuition

$8757.92 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

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Canadian Students

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This program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. Our three-semester Emergency Management and Business Continuity program is ideally suited for working professionals and those interested in pursuing a new career in a dynamic and growing field. The program’s flexible delivery model, both online and in-person, means you can continue to work while pursuing advanced training.

You'll attend in-class experiential weekend sessions three times each semester at at the Fleming College, Peterborough area campuses while the balance of course work is completed online. You will also put your skills to the test in a culminating applied project where you will develop and facilitate an Emergency Response Plan or Business Continuity Plan for a public or private organization.

Emergency Management and Business Continuity professionals are trained to prepare for loss of critical business functions. This can result from cyber-attack, data breaches, supply chain disruption, security incidents or natural disasters such as wildfires, flooding, pandemics, hazardous chemical spills, and other disasters that endanger the health, and the survivability of public and private organizations.

This program provides you with historical context while instilling a solid understanding of governance, legislation, and best practices. You will engage in emergency exercise training and planning required at various work environment’s Business Planning centres, Emergency Operations centres and Site Command locations. You will acquire the essential tools to prepare entities for the realities of business disruption and threats to community safety; along with plans for a smooth and timely recovery of affected services.

Our highly qualified faculty, a network of working professionals, and industry experience will provide you with the specialized training and support to be successful in the changing landscape of Emergency Management and Business Continuity. You will graduate in less than a year with the hands-on skills and certifications to advance your career or stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Entry-level Business Continuity Analysts’ salaries typically start around $60k; with experience and additional certifications, professionals working in the industry command six-figure salaries.

  • Faculty members are experts in the field, bringing leading strategies and concepts to the classroom, and helping students to excel within the industry, whether they are new to Emergency Management and Business Continuity, or career professionals who are expanding their skills and abilities
  • A unique emphasis on the Business Continuity aspect of training to prepare you for employment in this specific sector of the industry. Employers in diverse sectors are seeking graduates who have emergency management and business continuity knowledge/certification
  • Applied exercise training opportunities during experiential weekend combined with quality virtual training from skilled professionals create an innovative hybrid learning model. Students apply the knowledge acquired both in-class and in real-world applied settings
  • Work with clients from municipalities, private sector industries, or non-government agencies on a complex, multi-faceted project to deliver an integrated emergency management and business continuity response plan
  • Flexible delivery means you can continue to work and live outside of Peterborough while you acquire training to advance or launch your new career

  • You will have the opportunity to complete certifications offered by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) related to incident management, emergency management, and the operations of an emergency operations centre
  • Throughout the program, you will be exposed to knowledge and skills that will prepare you to pursue further industry certifications available in business continuity

Emergency Management and Business Continuity professionals are in high demand in a wide variety of sectors: finance and insurance, utilities, healthcare, oil and gas, telecommunications, large-scale manufacturing, facilities management, service businesses, education, and all levels of government.

Increasingly, career professionals are requiring the addition of emergency management and business continuity to their existing portfolios.

Successful graduates of our Emergency Management program come from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Working professionals from a range of industries (business, healthcare, social services, government agencies, emergency response, NGOs, etc.) who are being asked to add Business Continuity or Emergency Management to their career portfolios
  • Looking for skills to assist in managing large-scale disaster and events
  • College program graduates from Police Foundations, Business, Health, Social Services, Environmental Sciences
  • University graduates from Liberal Arts, Business, Justice Studies, Health, Environmental Sciences, etc.

If you are changing careers, employment experience in one of the following fields will also be beneficial:

  • Public sector employees
  • Police officer, firefighter, paramedics, first responders or volunteers
  • Occupational health and safety professionals
  • Security and risk management specialists
  • Members of the Canadian Forces
  • Business and project management specialists

It was great to be a part of the Emergency Management class at Fleming and I truly learned a lot from the program. I have also learned from my experiences at various emergency management volunteer opportunities that the Fleming program does provide a lot more certifications and client based experience than other EM programs. I have been able to secure a dream job with Husky Energy as a business continuity planner. Part of my role will be assessing their 72 different business continuity plans and putting new initiatives into place.

Julie St. Louis - Business Continuity Planne, Husky Energy, Calgary AB

The Fleming College Emergency Management program created a solid foundation for me to begin my new career. The hands-on approach and structured learning allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in many different components of this multi-faceted field. Opportunities ranged from developing exercises, to testing municipalities' emergency plans, to partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources to create a Business Continuity Plan for an operational unit. The knowledge and passion that the faculty have for their varying fields is inspiring.

Katie McQuestion - Ministry of Natural Resources

  • Develop, review, and update emergency policies and programs based upon relevant legislation, standards, and procedures, and CSA Z1600 standards.
  • Conduct hazards identification and risk assessments and business impact analysis, 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 governments and private sector entities.
  • Develop, evaluate, and conduct training programs and exercises to test current emergency management/business continuity programs.
  • Assess the integration and compatibility of various emergency management/business continuity policies, plans and procedures of area/regional private and public sectors based on CSA Z1600 and industry standards and best practices.
  • Formulate, implement, and coordinate assigned projects within the community emergency management/business continuity programs to ensure that allocated budgets meet or exceed legislative requirements incorporating a proactive risk management process and global best practices.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a Disaster Recovery Plan that will address the interconnected community impacts of disasters.
  • Coordinate the development of, and administer public awareness and education programs, emergency information, crisis communications and media relations programs.
  • Liaise/coordinate with provincial ministries, federal departments, private and public sector enterprises and Indigenous communities to develop and sustain partnerships to assist with all phases of emergency management/business continuity strategies while ensuring equitable, inclusive, and diverse data and research.
  • Prepare and follow a plan to support the psychosocial resilience required of emergency management personnel before, during, and after disasters.

Students applying to Emergency Management and Business Continuity must meet the following requirements:

  • Ontario College Diploma or University Degree or equivalent

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10
  • Processor:
    Core i5 - 1.6Ghz minimum
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Apple / MacOS

  • Operating System:
    MacOS 10.12 or newer
  • Processor:
    Core i5 6th Gen or better
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Internet Connection: 2.5 Mbps Download and 3.0 Mbps Upload (minimum)

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

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