The new Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity (EMOC) program equips learners with the knowledge and skills needed to plan for and maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, pandemic, conflict or cyber-attack. This four-course micro-credential program focuses on the interrelationship of:
- Emergency preparedness
- Emergency response
- Business continuity
Learners will develop the skills to prevent, respond to, and manage threats to business continuity relevant to their industry, sector and organization.
This program is designed for those within an organization who are not emergency management specialists, but who seek the high-level knowledge and skills needed to collaborate to develop their organization’s operational resilience. See this chart to compare business continuity programs at Continuing Studies.
There are four required courses in the program:
Learners will use a variety of course materials including readings, videos, case studies and interactive discussion forums. Assessments include analysis of risk and planning components, development of emergency and continuity plans, and quizzes.
Learners typically spend four to six hours per week (per course) on their studies, and usually complete the program in one year. Upon completion of the program, learners will earn a professional development certificate.
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- Accessible content for non-specialists in emergency management
- Flexible online learning: asynchronous format allows learners to continue working while studying
- Learn from instructors who are respected industry professionals
- Opportunity to apply theory into practice for any organization’s industry, sector, size and unique needs
- Develop a foundation in theory and principles of risk management, business operations and crisis management to apply to continuity planning for a specific organization and industry sector
- Present frameworks to identify and assess risks and potential impacts on business function from natural or environmental disasters, cyber-attacks and data breaches, pandemics, conflict and security threats or other hazards
- Use theory and models to help identify and evaluate strategic alternatives for responding to a range of threats to organizational continuity
- Develop the skills to design, implement and evaluate comprehensive strategic plans to increase operational resilience
- Apply relevant policy, regulatory and corporate governance frameworks to organizational continuity planning
- Develop tools and skills to communicate effectively with all stakeholders at every stage of consultation, continuity planning, and implementation and evaluation of response plans in the event of an emergency
- Apply ethical principles in designing and implementing continuity planning with regard for an organization’s mission and goals
Who is this program for?
The EMOC program is uniquely versatile in the sense that it is truly meaningful to professionals in wide-ranging industries and occupations.
Learners currently enrolled in the EMOC program come from industries as diverse as:
- Government (regional and provincial)
- Health and home care
- Fuel transportation
- Hazardous material management
- Law enforcement
- Protective services
These learners are at varied stages of their careers with wide ranging titles and responsibilities, including:
- Protective Services Manager
- GIS Supervisor
- Communications Manager
- Insurance Claim Adjuster
What is the common thread amongst EMOC learners?
What brings all these personalities together and to the EMOC program is the fact that they are not specialists in crisis and emergency preparedness and response, but they are in a position to play an important role in contributing to business continuity planning in their organizations and have a desire to do so.
The Planner, The Implementer and The Innovator
Because of EMOC’s appeal to a broad spectrum of professionals, we often get asked who would benefit from taking the program.
To guide you in your search for the right program in the business continuity and emergency planning areas, we’ve identified three representative personalities:
- Kai, The Planner
- Mira, The Implementer
- Matthew, The Innovator
Each of the three personalities is from a different background. They are professionals in very different industries and career stages, yet their priorities, core beliefs, motivations, frustrations and needs are fitting illustrations of how the EMOC program can help them. We are confident you will see yourself in Kai, Mira or Matthew and better understand how you can benefit from the program—not only to develop your career further but also to move your organization forward.
Here are snapshots of Kai, Mira and Matthew. Explore their backgrounds for more details.
Kai, The Planner, believes emergency management and business continuity planning are not about "doom and gloom," but rather "anticipation and mitigation." Kai prioritizes developing the tools to build a culture of planning and resilience throughout his organization, so the whole organization can act instead of just react in a crisis. Inefficiency and the mindset among staff that preparedness is “somebody else’s job” frustrates him. Get to know Kai, The Planner
Mira, The Implementer, believes business continuity planning is the ultimate leadership skill. A priority for Mira is to show leadership in her organization and to help staff—regardless of their role and assigned responsibilities—to feel less overwhelmed by the idea of crisis and more confident in their roles. She needs quicker response to crisis and more adaptable business plans for a large and diverse organization. Find out more about Mira, The Implementer
For Matthew, The Innovator, success is about stepping out of his comfort zone and committing to improve skills. Confusing and restrictive business policies and not having enough hours in the day frustrates him. Learn what motivates Matthew, The Innovator