Emergency management training

Training is one of the key factors for a successful emergency response. Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) oversees a provincial training program that exists to build the knowledge and skill-set of those who work in operational roles during emergencies.

The training program also teaches an understanding of roles and responsibilities of government and non-government agencies in an emergency situation.

Emergency management courses

EMBC sponsored emergency management (EM) training courses are offered province-wide to support local training requirements. Course delivery is provided through the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

Email questions to Kevin Tulip, Emergency Management Training Specialist.

Additional information for EM courses

Every fall, Indigenous and local governments are asked to submit their training requests for the next fiscal year (April to April). EMBC Regional Offices do their best to ensure the allocation of courses is fair and equitable. 

Once training requests are received, they're reviewed, consolidated and submitted for scheduling. Regional Mangers will review and approve applications. Applications are reviewed based on: 

  • previous year’s application status (approved or denied) 
  • regional training cooperation within the region
  • meeting community’s needs

Once an application has been approved, it is submitted for scheduling to JIBC. Notices of approved applications are sent out to the applicants. 

Applicants that do not have their submissions approved are encouraged to apply again the following year.

JIBC is an accredited post-secondary education institute and any prerequisites for the courses can only be waived at JIBC’S discretion. We recommend that any participant ensure they take the prerequisites for courses to ensure learning is optimized for themselves and others in the room.

Indigenous and local governments are encouraged to open their courses to the neighboring community’s staff and volunteers to attend. This supports networking and ensuring courses are filled. The maximum for each course is 24 seats. Courses may be cancelled if minimum seats (15) are not filled, however in some circumstances exceptions can be made.

To register for a course, visit emergency management course calendar.

Travel costs for students attending the course are the responsibility of either the Indigenous Nation/Local Authority they work for or the student.

Due to low attendance numbers, activation for a response or many other reasons courses can be changed or canceled. JIBC will try and accommodate changes however if the change cannot be accommodated then the course may be canceled.

Canceled courses may not be rescheduled within the same community if there is a wait list of other communities within the region.

Please contact your Regional Office to discuss your options if you are considering changing or cancelling a course.

The expectation of the host community is that they provide the following at their own cost:

  • Suitable training room with groups of tables for 4-6
  • LCD projector, screen and extension cord
  • TV and VCR/DVD player
  • Flipchart stands (2-4 ideal) with paper
  • Chairs and tables set up in pods of 4-5 students
  • Front table for the instructor and projector
  • Access to the training room 30 minutes before delivery.


Emergency Support Services courses

Emergency Support Services (ESS) teams engage in training and exercises as part of their continued commitment to deliver ESS in the community. These are critical to the ongoing improvement of local and regional level planning for responses to emergency events that displace people.


Emergency management webinars provide participants with up-to-date information on best practices, approaches, strategies and technologies. Webinars are presented in partnership with the Justice Institute of BC.