Portland State University's Emergency Management Professional Certificate

Portland State University's Emergency Management Professional Certificate

Recent events have illustrated how an emergency can unexpectedly and significantly disrupt organizations and communities. Resilient communities have the capacity to plan, mitigate, and respond when a crisis strikes. Portland State University’s professional certificate in Emergency Management and Community Resilience teaches foundational skills for business, community, and government leaders, operational managers, communication professionals, and community leaders to develop the skills needed to plan for and respond to emergencies with more awareness, effectiveness, and resilience.

In this fully online program, participants learn essential principles, methods, and tools for preparing, mitigating, responding, and recovering from a disaster, as well as factors that influence community preparedness, response and resilience. This program effectively integrates core concepts with real-world experience and recent case studies to illustrate how students can understand risks, identify vulnerable populations, maintain business continuity, communicate strategically, and plan for disaster preparedness and response. Participants collaborate with peers to solve practical problems and apply knowledge and skills to complex situations. Expert faculty combine instruction, activities, and an applied project to prepare participants to advance emergency management within their organizations and build resilience in their communities. 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a professional certificate and a digital credential.


Courses delivered in a virtual format with live instructor & student interaction

Once per year (Spring)


7 weeks, 1 live session online each Friday

Full certificate cost: $1,195

Class schedule:  
Live sessions on April 9, 16, 23 & 30, and May 7, 14, & 21, 2021 (12:30 - 4:30 pm PT each day).

PSU has set up a 15% discount for PBA members. To apply the discount, members should use the code LEARN15 when registering

PSU's Emergency Management credit programs also includes the Emergency Management and Community Resilience Master's Degree and Emergency Management and Community Resilience Graduate Certificate learn more about these Master programs here

The EMCR master’s degree and graduate certificate is accepting applications until May 31 for the 2021-22 academic year.