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Emergency Services Management Certificate

The University of Central Missouri's Emergency Services Management Certificate prepares those wishing to advance into supervisory positions within emergency services and emergency management. 

You can earn this 12 hour certificate in one year.  See the Calendar of Elective/Certificate Course Offerings.


Earn this as a stand alone certificate, or as part of the Bachelor of Science in Crisis & Disaster Management

The diverse students enrolled in Crisis and Disaster Management (CDM) have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services, while others have experience in business, service or hospitality. Many have connections to volunteer organizations and public service organizations.

Students choose this program because they want to build their knowledge base, develop skills, and practice what they are learning through community service learning opportunities. To be successful in this program and successful after graduation it is critical that you develop outstanding interpersonal skills and a broad knowledge base in the social sciences in addition to technical knowledge and skills that have been tested through years of public service.

Crisis and Disaster Management courses are designed for:

  • Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, police, EMS, and dispatchers)
  • Institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals, and facilities)
  • Community service providers (Red Cross, relief organizations, and disaster recovery)
  • Industrial emergency responders (fire, rescue, and hazardous materials)
  • Business continuity planners (banking, corporations, insurance, and manufacturing)

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:

  1. Advocate for a cultural change in the emergency services and implement a safety and health program in an emergency service organization;
  2. Assess the interrelationships between budgeting, operational plans, and strategic plans;
  3. Evaluate the relationship between the emergency services organization and the community it serves;
  4. Analyze societal influences on public sector personnel management and evaluate an emergency services organization’s human resource values;
  5. Formulate recommendations and solutions to personnel management issues;
  6. Compare and contrast training and education, and technical skills training versus organizational training.

Courses available online and on campus.



Lynn Urban
Chair, School of Public Services
Humphreys 300
Tel: (660) 543-4950


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