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Emergency response planning is now part of our “new normal” – every organization needs to prepare for and respond to a range of scenarios that can affect their operations in difficult times. Our fully online four-course certificate will give you a practical and timely foundation in key emergency management, threat planning, risk and continuity management, and response planning concepts that can minimize the impact of emergencies. Be part of the new generation of professionals equipped with the flexible, in-demand skills needed for Canadian and global emergency management.

Industry and Careers
Analysts with highly developed skills in disaster and emergency management are required in the following areas:

  • Businesses and other for-profit enterprises
  • Community development organizations
  • Disaster mitigation and recovery operations
  • Emergency services
  • Humanitarian agencies
  • NGOs
  • Public sector

This certificate can lead to a career in roles such as the following:

  • Disaster response architect
  • Disaster recovery program manager
  • Emergency preparedness and services advisor
  • Emergency response planner
  • Emergency response technical solution architect
  • Risk and continuity management specialist
  • Urban and municipal planner
  • Urban resilience planner

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Recent university graduates from business management programs who would like to enhance their data analysis skill set to be more competitive in the job market
  • Technically trained individuals who are looking to gain knowledge and skills to pivot into a career in disaster and emergency management

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Lead, interact, and work within the context of emergency management settings and within the law during disasters and emergencies
  • Assess threats and realities and in response, author and implement plans for incident management mitigation, recovery and business continuity for first and second responders, emergency managers, and their organizations
  • Engage in practical emergency management scenarios, including incident management command centres and operations
  • Operationalize emergency management organizational mechanisms in every stage of emergency responsiveness
  • Use international methodologies for measuring, describing, and assessing emergency management activities, concepts, policies, missions, operations, and goals

Check out what these graduates are doing after completing their certificate.

Effective Fall 2021, the Certificate in Emergency Management and Response Planning has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2021, must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of their registration. For curriculum details, refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration. Please contact our Client Services team at ce@torontomu.ca if you have any questions.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid


Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
This certificate program is OSAP eligible. To learn more, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this certificate program have professional recognition?

Yes. Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) – both supported by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services – have designated The Chang School as an approved educational provider.

How much does the program cost?

Registration in the certificate program is free. The cost of each course is calculated individually, and this program has four required courses. Visit the course pages for details on fees.

Do course fees change if you are an international student?

Yes. International students pay approximately three and a half (3.5) times the regular student tuition fee for the courses. All courses in this certificate are degree credit.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Students have three years to complete the certificate from the term of registration. Many of our students graduate within four to eight months by completing all course requirements in one or two terms. Complete courses at a pace that suits you.

Are any courses available for substitution or transfer credit?

No. All courses in this certificate must be taken at The Chang School and are not eligible for course substitution or transfer credit application.

Which textbooks will I have to purchase for this certificate?

Textbook requirements vary by year. You will receive your textbook information through the course outline during the first week of class. Please do not buy any textbooks before class begins.

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