Looking to gain expertise in emergency management?

The one-year certificate program in Emergency Management provides contemporary knowledge and expertise to lead, manage, or support disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in emergency management.  

This online, one-year program is designed for transitioning professionals and those seeking industry-specific course work essential to support whole community emergency management programs.

Participants will gain specialized knowledge and skills necessary to work within various aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, response and incident management, disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, continuity of operations, and other related assignments. Participants will learn practical skills from experienced emergency managers. 

The goals of this program are:

  • To prepare students to lead, manage, or support mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from a disaster.
  • To graduate students who have the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to support whole community emergency management programs.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • Apply a knowledge base of necessary skills to include whole community critical incident management; emergency planning; emergency operations center organization and management; resource and capability planning; and the application of national emergency management standards prior to, during, and in the aftermath of disasters.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, communication, and management skills by analyzing situations, determining proper actions, evaluating possible alternatives and unforeseen circumstances, and then taking appropriate actions as an emergency program manager.

The program was designed utilizing industry standards such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS); the National Preparedness Goal; the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP); and NFPA 1600: Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management. The program also integrates FEMA incident command system (ICS) training courses.

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for financial aid.

Thanks to a new partnership, students of the program can transfer up to 18 credits toward the fully online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services degree offered by Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus.

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View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience.

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Career opportunities await

Coupled with other academics and/or experience, successful graduates from this program may qualify for positions at local, state, or federal agencies; the private sector; or non-profit organizations in positions such as:

  • Emergency management specialist
  • Emergency planner
  • Emergency management coordinator
  • Emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Emergency management program coordinator
  • Business continuity specialist
Online Learning

The Emergency Management Certificate program may also be completed entirely online through our Internet Academy. We offer the same level of care and service to online students as we do to on-campus students. All necessary services are accessible online, including registration, placement testing, bill payment, tutoring, book purchasing, and academic advisement.

Our alumni have gone on to achieve great things. Discover how our many graduates have followed their dreams and transformed their lives with a degree or certificate from Herkimer College.

Tim Riecker '98 is a developer and instructor of the new Emergency Management certificate program. Riecker continues an active 26-year career in public safety, including time as a chief EMS officer, head of training and exercises with the NYS Emergency Management Office, and founding partner/principal consultant with Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC in Schuyler, NY. He is an instructor with the College's Pre-Employment Police Basic Training Certificate program and has recently been appointed to the board of directors for the International Public Safety Association (IPSA).