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Certificate in Emergency Management

Total Credit Hours: 31-32

About Certificate in Emergency Management

Emergency Management graduates will be able to apply basic emergency management skills in the event of natural and manmade disasters. Graduates will be able to implement the four major areas of emergency management, namely, mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. The Emergency Management program utilizes the Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study (IS) courses to prepare graduates to apply leadership skills, to communicate effectively, to solve problems, to plan, to work as a team, to operate within the legal system and governmental framework for emergency management, to analyze risks and hazards, and to manage resources efficiently.

Guam Community College is mirroring Frederick Community College’s model whereby college credits are granted upon successful completion of Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Independent Study (IS) courses online. Students who have completed these IS courses will need to request for an official transcript from EMI then apply for college credits at Guam Community College towards a Certificate in Emergency Management.

The Emergency Management Program’s Major Requirements are adopted and derived from EMI’s Independent Study program. These courses are subject to revision and new courses will be added to the program. GCC’s Emergency Management program will adhere to the latest IS offerings to ensure that students learn what is relevant and most up-to-date information and skills.

Major Requirements
Course Course Name Credits
English (Choose 1)
EN110 Freshman Composition 3
EN110A Freshman Composition with Instructional Lab 4
Course Course Name Credits
PS140 American Government 3
HL135 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED 1
EMI154 (ISO317.a) Community Emergency Response Team 1
MA094 Mathematics for the Trades 4
Choose 19 courses from the following:
EMI100 Emergency Manager 1
EMI102 Hazardous Materials 1
EMI104 A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance 1
EMI106 Building for the Earthquakes of tomorrow 1
EMI108 Orientation to Disaster Exercise 1
EMI110 Exercise Design 1
EMI112 State Disaster Management 1
EMI114 Principles of Emergency Management 1
EMI116 Emergency Planning 1
EMI118 Leadership & Influence 1
EMI120 Decision Making & Problem Solving 1
EMI122 Effective Communication 1
EMI124 Developing & Managing Volunteers 1
EMI126 Anticipating Hazardous Weather 1
EMI128 Emergency Operations Center Role 1
EMI130 Volunteer Agencies in Emergency Management 1
EMI132 Disaster Basics 1
EMI134 Community Hurricane Preparedness 1
EMI136 Hazardous Material Prevention 1
EMI138 Multi-hazard Emergency Planning for Schools 1
EMI140 Introduction to Mitigation 1
EMI142 Protecting your Home and Small Business from Disaster 1
EMI144 Introduction to Public Assistance 1
EMI146 Debris Operation 1
EMI148 Incident Command System 1
EMI150 National Incident Management System 1
EMI152 National Response Plan & Disaster Medical System 1
Certificate Total 31-32

2023-2024 College Catalog

General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent). 

Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.

A. General Education Requirements
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:

  • Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
  • Satisfactory completion of EN097 courses and
  • Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
  • Satisfactory completion of MA098 course
*Students in the Certificate of Construction Technology program can successfully complete their math requirements with MA094 Mathematics for the Trades in lieu of MA098 Intermediate Algebra.

B. Major Requirements. Total Major Requirements vary by program. Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate is 30 credits.

* No course may be counted for both Major and General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing or equivalent, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.

2023-2024 College Catalog

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Emergency Management program, students will be able to:
  1. State the government’s role in Emergency Management.
  2. Describe the function of the Emergency Operations Center and National Incident Management System.
  3. Evaluate hazards and risks in emergency situations.
  4. Make decisions, solve problems, and use critical thinking skills vis-a-vis the emergency planning process.

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