Is this program right for you?
Be the one rebuilding lives. If you're a front line responder such as a crisis intervention worker, victim services worker, firefighter, paramedic or a law enforcement personnel, and are interested in learning about critical incident stress management, this program is for you.
Only CISM-1000 will be offered online in Blackboard Collaborate. All other courses in the CISM certificate program will be offered at the JIBC New Westminster campus.
Learn from JIBC's experienced, expert instructors.
Individuals from a broad range of occupations and professions who may be required to provide or manage debriefing services following a critical incident.
The program is beneficial for people working in human resources, first responders such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, front line responders such as emergency social services, crisis intervention, victim services, healthcare workers such as nurses, doctors and child welfare workers.
This program trains students how to manage critical incidents effectively, and in doing so help maintain the emotional health and safety of those involved in a traumatic event.
Students learn to effectively manage critical incidents and protect the emotional health and safety of those involved in a traumatic event.
Learners are introduced to the history, philosophy, perspectives, concepts and terms that are integral to critical incident stress management. They explore issues of difference and diversity as they relate to critical incident stress management (CISM).
What You Need to Graduate
Completion of seven of the required credits, attend the training in full, achieve a minimum passing grade of 70% on the written take-home exam and pass the CISM Simulation (CISM-1020).
Courses must be completed within three years. Full attendance is required.
Graduates of the Critical Incident Stress Management Certificate can apply for certification with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). For more information about ATSS certification visit www.atss.info.
Courses are offered in-person at the New Westminster campus.
Tuition for the program is approximately $2,800.
Each course is paid for separately during course registration.
In order to successfully complete the CISM Certificate, an application fee of $75 will be required to be paid via the BC Education Planner.
Textbooks & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you register for the program.
STEP 1 - Apply to the Program
Submit your online application form.
Pay your $75 non-refundable application fee (applications will not be reviewed without fee payment).
Mail or In-person
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
Applications will not be reviewed without fee payment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The program runs each year from September to February.
The courses and certificate are open to anyone. There are no formal admission requirements.
Financial aid and awards
Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries.
For more information, contact Student Services.
International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who should take this certificate program?
A: Courses in this program are open to individuals from occupations and professions who may be required to provide or manage debriefing services following a critical incident.
The certificate may be of specific interest to human resources, first responders such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, front line responders such as emergency social services, crisis intervention, victim services, healthcare workers such as nurses, doctors, and child welfare workers.
Q: What is Critical Incident Stress Management or CISM?
A: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a comprehensive, integrated, multi-component crisis intervention system for managing traumatic events within organizations or communities.
Q: What is the "exam pass guarantee"?
A: To successfully complete the certificate, you must attend the training in full, achieve 70% or higher on the written take-home exam and pass the CISM Simulation (CISM-1020).
Q: Are books and course manuals included in the tuition fees?
A: Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If you need to purchase books or other materials, you will be advised of the details when you register.
While we must all remain vigilant against the COVID-19 global pandemic, JIBC is now ready to resume limited face-to-face training for first responder and social justice professionals in cases where learning outcomes cannot be achieved remotely.
We have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan and are pleased to be able to provide limited, small-enrolment programming with protocols designed to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission. However, it is important for everyone to understand that choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity (at school, work, or socially) requires you to consider the risk to your own social circle and to also accept a responsibility to others on our campuses.
As such, if you choose to participate in any face-to-face activity, you will be required to complete a form in which you will acknowledge that: (i) you will review certain health and safety training materials; (ii) you have certain responsibilities to ensure a safe working environment for all participants; and (iii) there are certain risks associated with choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity, and that you are prepared to accept those risks.
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