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Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively prepare for, manage and respond to disasters.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus/Online • Truro Full time • Blended Seats available


Building on a foundation of emergency planning, management and response, this program will prepare you to help communities and industry effectively handle natural and human-made disasters.

You tackle emergency planning theories and techniques that will help reduce risk, provide leadership in times of chaos and protect the environment as well as physical, digital and communication infrastructures and networks. You also learn to assess risks and be able to provide information and training on effectively handling emergency situations ranging from storms to terrorist threats.

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Students complete an integrated work placement with industry partners in Emergency Management.
  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

Graduates are qualified to accept positions as:

  • Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Emergency Response Planners
  • Emergency Response Administrators
  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Emergency Management Training Officers
  • Emergency Program Coordinators
  • Emergency Planners
  • Security Coordinators
  • Disaster Planning Coordinators

Areas of employment range from private security agencies and businesses to municipal, provincial, regional and federal emergency programs, as well as healthcare organizations and international organizations such as the Red Cross.

Choose NSCC

  • This is the first and only credentialed program to offer applied training in emergency management in the Atlantic region.
  • Designed to meet the demands of emergency management and disaster response departments, you develop the skills and knowledge employers need.
  • Our instructors are experts who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.

Other info

  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry.
  • You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process.
  • A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
EMER 1001   Hazard ID Risk Assessment
EMER 1002   Weather Interpretation for Decision Making
EMER 1003   Business Continuity Planning I
EMER 1004   Emergency Public Information Management
EMER 1006   Leadership and Influence
EMER 1007   Emergency Coordination Centre
EMER 1008   Foundations of Emergency Management
EMER 1010   Critical Infrastructure Protection
EMER 1011   Incident Command Systems
EMER 1012   Emergency Exercise Design
EMER 1013   Business Continuity Planning II
EMER 1014   Emergency Response and Recovery
EMER 1015   Capstone Project
EMER 1100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

Next Steps

  1. 1

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