Emergency management course descriptions and calendar

Emergency management curriculum courses are delivered by the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) on behalf of the province.

Application instructions

  1. Confirm your Emergency Program Coordinator (or equivalent position) recommends you for one or more of these courses. Their contact details are required on your application
  2. Go to JIBC course application to complete your course application
  3. Applications for courses with pre-requisites must include proof of completion
  4. Specify which course and date you are requesting
  5. If recommended by your Emergency Program Coordinator, you may apply for more than one course, note:
    • one course on each application 
    • course dates cannot overlap
  6. When you complete your application, an application receipt will be generated which you can save/print for your records
  7. The application does not register you for the course. Applications will be reviewed and if accepted you will be registered in the course and receive an email confirmation
  8. Submit your application(s) by the deadlines

No-shows: If you are registered in a course and do not attend or alert the JIBC that you withdraw, it may impact applying for future EMBC sponsored courses.

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Online emergency operation centre (EOC) courses

Please note, certain online courses are available to registered emergency support service (ESS) members. These courses are indicated by an asterix (*) below, and in the application drop-down menu.

 Self-paced introduction courses

Delivery: Self-paced online, 3 to 7 hours

This self-paced online course allows you to progress through the content at your own pace, and takes approximately 3-7 hours to complete. Students will learn the basic concepts and structure of emergency management in Canada. Explore the framework, principles and components involved in effectively managing emergencies or disasters, whether in a government, community agency, industry, or business context.

This course is beneficial to anyone with an interest or involvement in emergency management, and serves as a prerequisite course for many of the other JIBC Emergency Management Division courses.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 2 to September 30, 2021

June 21, 2021

October 1 to December 10, 2021

September 24, 2021
 

EMRG–1200* Incident Command System Level 100: 2 Weeks to complete

Delivery: Self-paced online, 3 to 7 hours

Students will be introduced to an effective incident site management system for command, control, and coordination of response at an emergency site. Gain a basic understanding of the Incident Command System, its organization, principles, basic structure and common responsibilities. This course is the first in a series of ICS training courses and will be of particular interest to first responders and those who have a site-support role in an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 1 to September 30, 2021

June 21, 2021

October 1 to December 10, 2021

September 24, 2021

Self-paced intermediate courses

Course Prerequisites: EMRG–1100-Introduction to EM
Delivery: Self-paced online, 14 hours

This self-paced online course allows you to progress through the content at your own pace, and takes approximately 14 hours to complete. Students will explore an overview of the psychosocial needs of emergency management personnel and communities before, during, and after disasters, as well as strategies and resources to support psychosocial resilience (e.g., self-care, worker care). This course also discusses stress responses, vulnerable populations, resiliency toolkits, and risk and resiliency factors.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 1 to 30, 2021

June 21, 2021

August 1 to 31, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 1 to 30, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 1 to 31, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 1 to 30, 2021

October 22, 2021

Course Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Self-paced online, 14 hours

This self-paced online course allows you to progress through the content at your own pace, and takes approximately 14 hours to complete. Explore the basics of emergency management exercise design and learn how the field of exercise design has changed in recent years to become a key component of emergency preparedness. Review the concepts of a formal multi-year exercise program, the exercise program management team, the five-phase exercise design model and the exercise design team. The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to emergency management exercise design.  

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 1 to 30, 2021

June 21, 2021

August 1 to 31, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 1 to 30, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 1 to 31, 2021

September 24, 2021
 

EMRG–1151* Designing and Conducting Discussion-Based Exercises: 4 weeks to complete

Course Prerequisites: EMRG–1150 Intro to EM Exercise Design
Delivery: Self-paced online, 14 hours

This self-paced online course allows you to progress through the content at your own pace, and takes approximately 14 hours to complete. Student will learn to apply the five-phase exercise cycle to design a discussion-based exercise.  Work in small groups to create all the materials needed to conduct a table-top exercise.  Participate in role-play activities and gain first-hand experience in dealing with common exercise problems.  This course will benefit anyone needing to develop discussion-based exercises such as seminars, workshops, table-tops and immersive simulations. The goal of this course is to provide participants with practical experience in using the 5-phase exercise cycle methodology and tools to design and conduct discussion-based exercises. 

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

September 1 to 30, 2021

August 27, 2021

November 1 to 30, 2021

October 22, 2021

Group-based/instructor guided courses 

 

EMRG–1320* Emergency Operations Centre Essentials: 2 weeks to complete

Delivery: Group-based online, 1 to 2 hours per day over 2 weeks (14 hours)

This offering of EOC Essentials is a "condensed" group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a two (2) week period where you will be expected to complete 1 to 2 hours of work each day. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Your active participation is required to support the learning of all participants. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of how Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) operate in supporting the needs of response departments and agencies during emergencies and disasters.  The course is based on Incident Command System (ICS) principles, and is beneficial to a variety of learners, particularly those who are preparing for a role in a public or private organization’s EOC.

Course schedule
Date Deadline

July 5 to 19, 2021

June 21, 2021

July 12 to 26, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 7 to 21, 2021

August 27, 2021

September 13 to 26, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 4 to 19, 2021

September 24, 2021

October 18 to November 1, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 8 to 23, 2021

October 22, 2021

November 22 to December 6, 2021

October 22, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG–1320 EOC Essentials 
Delivery: Group-based online, 1 to 2 hours per day over 1 week (7 hours)

This offering of EOC Operations is a "condensed" group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a one (1) week period where you will be expected to complete 1 to 2 hours of work each day. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Your active participation is required to support the learning of all participants. Students will engage in learning the specific Operations Section function with an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the site support level.  Information around roles, responsibilities, staffing, branch duties, site interface, resource management, and incident/status reporting are covered.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 5 to 12, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 7 to 14, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 12 to 19, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 1 to 7, 2021

October 22, 2021

 

EMRG–1331 Emergency Operations Centre, Planning Section: 1 week to complete

Course Prerequisites: EMRG–1320 EOC Essentials
Delivery: Group-based online, 1 to 2 hour per day, over 1 week

This offering of EOC Operations is a "condensed" group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a one (1) week period where you will be expected to complete 1 to 2 hours of work each day. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Your active participation is required to support the learning of all participants. Students will learn the specific Planning Section function with an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the site support level.  Information around roles, responsibilities, staffing, branch duties, site interface, resource management, and incident/status reporting are covered.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 12 to 19, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 13 to 20, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 18 to 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 15 to 21, 2021

October 22, 2021

 

EMRG-1332 Emergency Operations Centre – Logistics Section: 1 week to complete

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1320 EOC Essentials
Delivery: Group-based online, 1 to 2 hours per day, over 1 week

This offering of EOC Operations is a "condensed" group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a one (1) week period where you will be expected to complete 1 to 2 hours of work each day. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Students will learn the specific Logistics Section function with an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the site support level.  Information around roles, responsibilities, staffing, branch duties, site interface, resource management, and incident/status reporting are covered.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 19 to 26, 2021

June 21, 2021

September 20 to 27, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 25 to 31, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 22 to 28, 2021

October 22, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1200-ICS Level 100 or EMRG-1320 EOC Essentials
Delivery: Group-based online, 3 to 4 hours per week, over 4 weeks

This course is a group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a four (4) week period where you will be expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of work each week. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Acquire the skills and knowledge required of an Information Officer working at an emergency site or at a site support facility. Learn how to write key messages and media releases; communicate effectively with the public, media, and internal stakeholders; and utilize a variety of communication media. Information around the roles, and responsibilities of an Information Officer (IO) and the IO team, reporting structures and lines of authority; key stakeholders and audiences; public relations; media relations; communication tools; and communications planning and documentation are covered.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

October 4 to November 1, 2021

September 24, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1100-Introduction to EM
Delivery: Group-based online, 3 to 4 hours per week, over 4 weeks

This course is a group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a four (4) week period where you will be expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of work each week. You will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. This course is intended to guide students through the process of identifying hazards, assessing risks, analyzing vulnerabilities, and assessing impacts of disasters on communities and their local authorities. The goal is to provide students with a tool to set priorities for sustainable hazard mitigation and to integrate and implement hazard, risk, vulnerability & analysis information into emergency management programs and emergency plans within local authorities.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

September 13 to October 3, 2021

August 27, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1100-Introduction to EM
Delivery: Group-based, online, 3 to 4hours per week, over 3 weeks

This course provides participants with information on developing personal preparedness programs for individuals, families, communities, and workplaces. Participants will learn different ways to inform and engage individuals around their personal planning for, responding to and recovery from emergencies and disasters. Workshop activities and presentation ideas will also be reviewed in this course.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

July 5 to 26, 2021

June 21, 2021

November 8 to 29, 2021

October 22, 2021
 

EMRG-1132 Planning for Community Disaster Recovery: 4 weeks to complete   

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1100-Introduction to EM 
Delivery: Group-based online, 3 to 4 hours per week, over 4 weeks

This course is a group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a four (4) week period where you will be expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of work each week. Students will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Students will learn about the potential community impact of disasters and the primary components involved in disaster recovery. The purpose and role of a community recovery organization are explored and learners are introduced to a process for the development of an effective Disaster Recovery Plan. Participants will explore components of community recovery, steps for recovery planning, structure and function of a recovery organization, roles and responsibilities, interconnectivity of impacts and the rationale and benefits of recovery planning.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

October 12 to November 8, 2021

September 24, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1300-Introduction to EOC or EMRG-1320-EOC Essentials
Delivery: Group-based online, 2 to 3 hours per week, over 3 weeks

This course is a group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a three (3) week period where you will be expected to complete 2 to 3 hours of work each week. Students will be reviewing online content, engaging with other students, and completing individual activities by posted deadlines. Students will explore how fires, floods or other emergencies may require evacuating areas of your community.  Learn how to organize and evacuation, map and sector your community, prepare public information messages, consider transportation issues and determine re-entry procedures. The purpose of this course is to familiarize participants with planning and implementation considerations for community-based emergency evacuations.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

September 20 to October 12, 2021

August 27, 2021

Course Prerequisites: EMRG-1100-Introduction to EM
Delivery: Group-based online, 3 to 4 hours per week, over 4 weeks

This course is a group-based, facilitated online course where you progress through the content at the same pace as other students. The course is delivered over a four (4) week period where you will be expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of work each week. Students will learn a step-by-step approach to developing emergency management plans for an organization, community, government, or any entity with a responsibility for emergency planning. This course focuses on the planning process and includes valuable strategies and tools to aid in creating and maintaining emergency management plans.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

September 20 to October 18, 2021

August 27, 2021

Course Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Group-based, online, 3 to 4 hours per week, over 4 weeks

This course provides a high level overview of the purpose and benefits of business continuity management. It describes the steps involved in developing a business continuity plan. This course explains the importance of communicating and exercising a business continuity plan. This course is designed for those who are new to the field of business continuity and are seeking an introduction. In particular, this course will be of interest to anyone who is seeking to introduce business continuity within his or her organization.

Course Schedule
Date Deadline

November 8 to December 6, 2021

October 22, 2021