Graduates from this program are well positioned to seek out additional credentialing available through organizations like the Disaster Recovery Institute and the International Association of Emergency Managers, if they choose. Effective April 2021, students are no longer able to access the free online ICS courses through the Government of Alberta. Instead, all students in the Disaster and Emergency Management program will be offered the opportunity to access ICS Canada recognized in-house and virtual learning for ICS100 and ICS200 through the Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM). These are not mandatory for program graduation, but are highly recommended as additional credentials that are often requested by prospective employers.
Additional credentialed learning
Some students may wish to continue with their formal learning. NAIT has created agreements with specific institutions in order to create some fair and accessible pathways as options for graduates from the Disaster and Emergency Management Program. In addition to successfully completing the diploma program, students also would need to satisfy the eligibility criteria to obtain admission to the institution/program listed:
- Continue your studies at NAIT with the Bachelor of Technology! This option gives graduates a full 2-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BTech program. Please note that this program offers face-to-face and eLearning options.
- Wilfred Laurier University – Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety. This is a “2+2” agreement that also gives our program graduates a full two-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BA program. Please note that this program is also fully online.
- Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) – Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies. This is also a “2+2” agreement that gives our diploma graduate a full two-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BESMS program. Please note that this program has an online option.
Ongoing professional development
NAIT believes in supporting Disaster and Emergency Management Professionals throughout the lifespan of their career. Our Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management offers additional professional development training courses, workshops, stakeholder events, and certificate programs. See https://www.nait.ca/industry/training-certification/centre-for-applied-disaster-emergency-management for more information.
Enter the workforce with confidence
Disaster and Emergency Management is one of the fastest growing fields globally. Upon successful completion of the program, you may find entry level employment in the public, private, non-profit/humanitarian, and industry sectors. Many organizations require disaster and emergency managers in the areas of policy development/advocacy, field work, public engagement, communications, business continuity management, risk management, crisis management, disaster risk reduction, response coordination, disaster preparedness/mitigation, planning, disaster recovery, training, and building community resilience. This field is relevant and necessary for all organizations, communities, and businesses that are exposed to any type of natural, human-induced, or technological hazard.