Programs & Courses

Introduction to Group Lodging - ESS115

Emergency Management Division

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Delivery Method: Face-to-face, Online (Blackboard)
Hours: 3.5
Credits: 0
Course Prerequisites:


Registrations for a class will be accepted until the last day of the month, e.g., If a class is running from January 1st ? February 7th, the deadline to register for that course would be January 31st ? always the last day of the month. This way, the student can decide if one week, (until February 7th) is enough time for them to complete the course and if not, then they would just register for the February 1st offering.


If student registers by telephone, login instructions are sent immediately by Student Services or PA, whomever registers the student. After telephone registration is complete. Set Student Tracking Rule Enrollment Status to "Confirmed" to trigger auto email.

Once the online assessment has begun, learners should complete the assessment prior to exiting (do not exit before completing the assessment). Learners must achieve a score of 70% or higher on the quiz in order to successfully complete the course.

All requests for online extensions to be sent directly to Lori Chan.

For learners who do not qualify for the tuition waiver (non-BC residents), transfers or withdrawals from this course require 7 days (1 week) notice and are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

For Group Enrollments, student names must be provided to the JIBC 14 days (2 weeks) prior to the start of the class.

Course Description

Learn about the basic functions of a group lodging facility during emergencies or disasters. This three and a half (3.5) hour course covers the fundamentals for ESS responders who may be called upon to work in, or support the activities at a group lodging facility.


  • ESS100 Introduction to Emergency Social Services
  • It is strongly recommended that the ESS in a BCERMS Environment Presentation be reviewed prior to participating in the course
  • It is recommended that ESS111 Reception Centre OR ESS114 Introduction to Reception Centres OR ESS200 Reception Centre be taken prior to participating in this course

Course Goal

The purpose of this course is to prepare ESS responders for working in local facilities designated as group lodging.

Course Topics

  • Group lodging services
  • Function roles and responsibilities in a group lodging facility
  • Group lodging work and set-up

Course Format

This interactive 3.5 hour course is available through classroom-based, online, and community-based learning, featuring collaborative activities.


Classroom-based learning is available by:

  • Emergency Management BC (EMBC, formerly known as PEP) funding - EMBC has currently made this training available to members of community ESS teams. To attend this EMBC-sponsored course, please contact the host community to register. For assistance in identifying the host community contact information, e-mail EMBC at or phone 250.952.5819 or toll free at 1.800.585.9559
  • contract - costs associated with this method of delivery include instructor and participant guide fees. Training location and equipment requirements are the responsibility of the requesting organization. Please contact the Coordinator, ESS Training Program at

All materials and text books will be provided in class and no special equipment is required. Please note that all Emergency Management Division courses require 100% attendance.

Students who would like recognition for completing this course or would like to use it as a prerequisite for the next levels of ESS courses in the training program will need to complete the in-class assessment.

Online and Community-Based:

The learning materials for this course, are available online at no cost. Students and/or community-based trainers may access the materials online at any time at

Students who would like recognition for completing this course or would like to use it as a prerequisite for the next levels of ESS courses in the training program will need to register below and complete the online assessment. Note that Introduction to Reception Centres is a non-credit course.


***The tuition fee of $0 is for BC residents. Students residing outside of BC, please call the Registration Office to pay the nominal tuition fee.***

An email address is required for students taking online courses. Students will receive their login instructions by email shortly after completing the registration process. If an email is not received, please contact the Registration Office. NOTE: Students will need to complete the course and assessment prior to the class end date.

Click on the following link for a list of online learning computer requirements:

Course Dates

To register for the course, click on a date below, then Add to Cart.

Note that additional fees and taxes may apply in addition to listed tuition price. Tuition listed below is for Canadian students and permanent residents. International students should contact the Registration Office to obtain international tuition prices.

Online registration is for students paying with personal credit cards. If you are paying with a corporate credit card, please contact the Registration Office.

For more information please contact the applicable program area or the Registration Office.

Available May 1 2015 - Jun 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available May 30 2015 - May 30 2015 Abbotsford $0.00
Available Jun 1 2015 - Jul 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Jun 13 2015 - Jun 13 2015 Saanich $0.00
Available Jun 20 2015 - Jun 20 2015 Richmond $0.00
Available Jul 1 2015 - Aug 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Aug 1 2015 - Sep 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Sep 1 2015 - Oct 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Oct 1 2015 - Nov 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Nov 1 2015 - Dec 7 2015 Online $0.00
Available Dec 1 2015 - Jan 7 2016 Online $0.00