Is this program right for you?
Be the one advancing your career. If you are new to emergency management, a current emergency management, public safety or first responder professional looking to upgrade your skills and need specialized exercise design education and training, this program is for you.
All Online Program
Complete all the courses in the program online.
Credits to Your Diploma or Degree
Obtain academic credit towards a diploma or degree in emergency and security management.
This online program is designed for individuals new to emergency management, and professionals working or wanting to work in public and private organizations serving as an Exercise Design Specialist, Emergency Planner, Emergency Program Coordinator or Business Continuity Planner.
The program is open to high school graduates and bachelor’s degree graduates seeking an applied certificate that can help them pursue a career in emergency management. It is also open to those currently working in the field with the goal of advancing their careers by increasing their formal education.
This program provides the applied knowledge and specialized skills to be able to prepare, develop and deliver emergency training exercises in communities or organizations.
By the end of the program, students are able to create and conduct effective discussion-based and operations-based emergency training exercises – vital skills for any public safety role.
Graduates have the fundamental knowledge and skills required to create and conduct both discussion-based and operations-based exercises – valuable skills for any public safety role.
Discussion-based exercises include:
- Table-top exercises
- Immersive simulations
Operations-based exercises include:
- Functional exercises
- Full-scale exercises
- Understand and explain the basic concepts of emergency management exercise design
- List the components of a successful exercise program
- Establish an exercise design team
- Define an exercise scope and exercise objectives
- Outline logistical requirements
- Create exercise documentation and materials
- Describe methods of conduct
- Implement evaluation and improvement practice
The five key exercise design phases:
2. Design and development
5. Improvement planning
What You Need to Graduate
The program consists of 10 credits.
Students who successfully complete all the courses will receive their Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design.
This program is a 10-credit program designed to be completed on a part-time basis within three years.
Courses are offered through a combination of online and in-class formats. Most in-class courses are one to three days in length and can be taken either on weekdays or weekends.
Upon request, courses can be delivered to your location if minimum numbers are met. Some courses are also available on a contract basis at your site. Contact email@example.com for requests.
Courses enrolment Outside of the Program
Courses can be taken on an individual basis, without needing to be registered in the program.
To register for courses, click on the courses in the course list below.
There are no specific application deadlines or set start dates. Apply for this program at any time.
The Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design is a 10-credit program. Tuition fees are charged on a per course basis. The cost to complete the required courses in the program is about $3,500.
For information about International Student Tuition and Fees, visit the International Students page.
Textbooks & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised of the details after you are accepted into the program.
STEP 1 - Apply to the Program
Students can apply by completing the JIBC online program application form.
Write a letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the program.
STEP 2 - Submit Documentation
Send the letter of intent and transcripts to the Admissions Office.
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
This is an open enrolment program. There are no application deadlines or set start dates.
However, once an applicant is accepted, we suggest registering as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. The number of seats in each class is limited.
- High school graduation diploma (or equivalent)
Students who are at least 21 years of age who do not have BC Grade 12, or equivalency, or who cannot access their high school transcript may still be considered for admittance to the program as a mature student identified in the JIBC Admissions policy. An expanded entrance letter of 1,000 words may be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript.
- A copy of your high school transcript
- A letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the certificate program.
International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Studies page or contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMD’S CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA AND DEGREE?
A: EMD offers the following credentialed programs:
- Certificate in Emergency Management
- Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design
- Diploma in Emergency and Security Management
- Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management
Both the diploma and the degree programs are offered completely online and can be taken full-time or part-time. The diploma is the first two years of the degree. The certificate in EM Exercise Design may also be completed entirely online. The EM certificate program is a mixture of online and in-person classes. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management is offered full-time. on-campus in New Westminster.
The certificate program can be completed entirely online. There are some elective courses that are offered at the New Westminster, BC campus, however these are not compulsory to complete the online pathway through the program.
The certificate programs and the diploma/degree programs differ somewhat in their teaching approach. Courses in the certificate programs are applied “how to” courses. The diploma and degree courses have an applied component, as well as a theoretical component. Your reason for pursuing emergency management education might help you decide which program would be a better fit for you.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
A: The costs for EMD’s certificate programs are on a course-by-course basis and will vary based on the electives chosen by each student. All course materials, including manuals, are included in the course prices.
Q: DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A TEXTBOOK?
A: No. All course materials are provided and are included in the cost of the course. In some instances, it may be recommended that you bring items such as a laptop or maps with you to class. In these circumstances, detailed instructions will be emailed to you 1-2 weeks prior to the class start.
Q: DOES JIBC PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM?
A: JIBC offers a number of awards, bursaries and scholarships. See information on JIBC Financial Aid & Awards.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE TURNAROUND TIME BEFORE I FIND OUT IF I WAS ACCEPTED?
A: The turnaround time for applications is largely dependent on how long it takes for all the application components to come into the institute (i.e. application, fee, official transcript & entrance letter). Once the application is complete, you should hear back within two weeks. If you have questions about the status of your application, contact email@example.com.
Q: HOW DO I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
A: You can apply for EMD’s certificate programs through JIBC’s centralized admissions office using the Online Application Form. Once your online application is submitted, please call the Registration Office to pay the $75 application fee. They accept Visa or MasterCard. The Registration Office can be reached at 604.528.5590 or toll-free at 1.877.528.5591. To check on the status of your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
A: Students accepted in EMD’s certificate programs will have three years from the date on their acceptance letter in which to complete the program. It is possible to complete the certificate programs in well under the three-year timeframe. If you are unable to complete the program within that time period, you may reapply. Upon re-acceptance, you will be placed in the most current version of the program. If there have been changes to the program, students who reapply will be required to meet the new requirements.
Q: Is THE PROGRAM AVAILABLE ONLINE?
A: The Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design may be completed entirely online.
Q: I TOOK A COURSE A FEW YEARS AGO. CAN IT BE APPLIED TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ONCE I’M ACCEPTED?
A: Yes, since our courses can be taken on an individual basis, any course you’ve taken that is part of the program can be applied to it once you have been accepted.
JIBC changed its course code numbering system in July 2015. If you took the course prior to July 2015, you can search JIBC’s cross-list for the new code.
Q: I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 25 YEARS AGO. DO I NEED AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?
A: We require an official (sealed) transcript(s) confirming that you meet the admission requirements of high school graduate (or equivalent). If you have completed credit courses (not continuing education) at another post-secondary institution you should submit that official transcript in lieu of the high school transcript.
Students who are at least 21 years of age who do not have BC Grade 12, an equivalency, or who cannot access their high school transcript may, will still be considered for admittance to the program as a mature student identified in the JIBC Admissions policy.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A MATURE STUDENT POLICY?
A: Students who are at least 21years of age who do not have BC Grade 12 or any of the equivalencies listed in the Grade 12 equivalency procedures will still be considered for admittance to the program as a mature student identified in the JIBC Admissions policy.
For EMD’s certificate programs, an expanded entrance letter of 1,000 words may be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript. However, students accepted under these conditions may need to provide further information should they wish to seek other credentials at JIBC. For more information see the JIBC’s Admissions policy and procedure.
Q: I’M NOT A CANADIAN CITIZEN, CAN I STILL TAKE THE PROGRAM?
A: International students are welcome to apply to the certificate programs. International application and tuition fee rates apply.
Q: I’M NOT IN THE PROGRAM. CAN I STILL TAKE COURSES?
A: With the exception of the Final Assessment or Capstone Project, certificate courses are open to the public. You do not need to be in the program to take them. However, if you are working towards completing the program and have not applied to it, if changes are made to the program it may change the goal post for you.
Students accepted in the program are protected from program changes so long as they complete the program within the three-year timeframe. Undeclared students and those who need to reapply because they did not complete it within their timeframe will need to meet the most current program standards.
Q: I’VE TAKEN A COUPLE OF OTHER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COURSES THROUGH THE JIBC. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR THEM TOWARDS THE DEGREE?
A: The degree program comprises a series of specific core courses. Individual certificate courses offered by EMD cannot be transferred in.
Q: I’VE COMPLETED THE EM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND I’M THINKING OF TAKING THE DIPLOMA OR DEGREE. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR ANY COURSES?
A: Graduates of the EM certificate program receive credit for ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management I (3.0 credits) and ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management II (3.0 credits). They also receive 6.0 elective credits towards the bachelor program.
Q: I’VE COMPLETED THE CERTIFICATE IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT EXERCISE DESIGN AND I’M THINKING OF TAKING THE DEGREE. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR ANY COURSES?
A: Graduates of the Emergency Management Exercise Design certificate program receive credit for ESMS-3360 Exercise Program Management.
TRANSFER CREDIT & PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENTS
Q: I HAVE TAKEN ICS TRAINING THROUGH A DIFFERENT TRAINING PROVIDER. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR IT AT JIBC?
A: Waiving Prerequisites: Students wishing to have an ICS prerequisite waived in order to take a higher level of ICS at JIBC will need to submit documentation of successful completion of the lower level ICS course for approval by EMD. Email documentation to email@example.com. Note that having a prerequisite waived does not give the student credit for the waived course.
Prior Learning Assessments: Students wishing to receive credit for an ICS course taken through a different training provider may do so through JIBC’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. Note that PLAR credits will be awarded only to those students who have applied for, and been accepted into JIBC credential programs. The prior learning assessment for the ICS courses is a Challenge Exam.
Q: I’VE TAKEN A SIMILAR COURSE AT A DIFFERENT INSTITUTION. CAN I GET CREDIT?
A: Transfer Credit: Students wishing to receive credit for a course taken at a different post-secondary institution may be able to do so through JIBC’s Transfer Credit process. Note that Transfer Credits will be awarded only to those students who have applied for, and been accepted into JIBC credential programs.
Prior Learning Assessments: Students wishing to receive credit for a course taken through a training provider that is not a post-secondary institution may do so through JIBC’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. Note that PLAR credits will be awarded only to those students who have applied for, and been accepted into JIBC credential programs. The prior learning assessment for EMD’s certificate courses is a Challenge Exam.
Q: I’VE WORKED IN THE FIELD FOR 15 YEARS. CAN I GET CREDIT FOR THAT?
A: You may be able to get credit for relevant experience. See JIBC’s policies and procedures as they relate to a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Note that the prior learning assessment for EMD’s certificate courses is a Challenge Exam.
TAKING COURSES & COMPLETING THE PROGRAM
Q: WHAT’S MY PROGRESS IN THE PROGRAM?
A: Included in your program acceptance package is a Student Progress Report that lists all the program requirements, what you have taken to date and what you have left to complete. This document is intended to help you track your progress in the program. Simply check off the courses as you take them.
Q: WHEN ARE THE COURSES SCHEDULED?
A: For planning purposes, EMD provides on its website annual course schedules organized by course code or by start date.
Q: HOW DO I AUDIT A COURSE?
A: Auditing a course means sitting in on the content portion of the course but not doing any of the evaluated activities. Students wishing to audit a course must declare this intention at the time of registration. They will be enrolled in the course under an Audit status, which will deny them access to the evaluative components of the course. Audited courses appear on students’ official transcripts, however, students do not receive the academic credits associated with them. The fee for auditing a course is the same as the regular tuition fee for the course.
Q: ARE THERE ANY PRE-COURSE READINGS?
A: EMD’s certificate courses do not have any pre-course readings.
Q: WHICH ROOM IS MY COURSE IN?
A: Room allocations can change at the last minute. When you arrive on campus, check the computer monitor or check-in with reception to confirm your classroom location.
Q: WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE?
A: EMD has a number of online courses available to the public (i.e. you don’t need to be accepted in a program to take them). For a complete list, visit our Online Learning page.
Q: WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE BY CORRESPONDENCE?
A: Courses available by correspondence
EMRG-1100 Introduction to Emergency Management in BC
EMRG-1200 Incident Command System Level 100
EMRG-1300 Introduction to Emergency Operations Centres
EMRG-1600 Introduction to Emergency Social Services
EMRG-1607 Level One Emergency Social Services
To order a correspondence manual, contact EMD’s Administrative Supervisor at 604-528-5797.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF-PACED AND GUIDED ONLINE COURSES?
A: EMD has two types of online courses in the certificate programs
In the Self-Paced courses, students work independently and can complete the course and assessment at any time during the scheduled start and end dates of the course.
The Guided format is led by an instructor. Students will be interacting with their instructors and classmates. This format offers students the flexibility of working at their own pace to meet the weekly course requirements. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 3.5 hours per week on each course.
Q: WHEN DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY ONLINE COURSE? I DON’T SEE THE COURSE DATES WITHIN THE ONLINE COURSE.
A: The start and end dates of the online courses are listed on your confirmation of registration. For self-paced courses, further information on the end dates is provided on the course home page. All course work must be completed by the scheduled end date of the course. For guided or instructor-led courses, all assignments and assessment deadlines throughout the course are listed in the class calendar.
Q: HOW DO I ACCESS MY ONLINE CLASS?
A: JIBC has moved to a centralized portal for accessing both your student account information and your online classes. To access your online class, log into the myJIBC portal at www.myjibc.ca and click on your class under My Current Online Classes.
Q: WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO THE ONLINE COURSE AFTER IT ENDS?
A: EMD’s online courses remain open for 30 days following the scheduled end date of the course. This means that you will have access to the course during this time for the purpose of viewing exam results and downloading materials, including the printable course manual.
You will not be able to access the assessment after the published end date of the course. All course work must be completed by the scheduled end date of the course.
Q: BUT IT’S AN ONLINE COURSE! DON’T I HAVE UNLIMITED TIME TO COMPLETE IT?
A: Unfortunately, no. EMD courses have published start and end dates. All course work must be completed within those dates. Please keep this in mind when selecting your course section at the time of registration.
Q: I’M READY TO TAKE THE CAPSTONE PROJECT. HOW DO I ENROLL?
A: The final project in the EM Exercise Design certificate is called a Capstone Project. Students may start the capstone only upon the successful completion of all required and elective courses in the program.
Please contact EMD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-528-5800 to have your student record reviewed to ensure you are eligible to register for the final assessment/capstone.
JIBC holds its convocation ceremony twice a year – in winter (February) and spring (June). Students wishing to attend convocation will need to complete all their course work including the final assessment/capstone by October 31st for the Winter convocation or March 30th for the Spring convocation.
Q: I HAVE COMPLETED MY CAPSTONE PROJECT. WHAT’S NEXT?
A: Congratulations! Successful completion of the capstone project is the final step in completing the program. EMD will put your name forward to JIBC’s Board of Governors for graduation from the program. Your certificate will be issued at the next JIBC convocation ceremony. If you are unable to attend, your certificate will be mailed to you shortly after the ceremony.