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Emergency Preparedness and Response
Certificate Program

Because the world needs professionals who are ready for anything
It’s more apparent than ever that responding to emergencies requires individuals with specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Cost per course: $740.00

The Berkeley College Emergency Preparedness and Response Certificate program will provide you with a foundation in a range of topics that includes various types of planning, security, and emergency management.

You’ll benefit from Berkeley’s proven track record of excellence in the criminal justice and national security fields, as well as Berkeley’s accomplished faculty, many of whom have extensive relevant professional experience.

The 15-credit certificate program consists of five courses of three credits each. The courses in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Certificate program can be taken Online or at any New Jersey campus where the courses are offered.

Credits from completed certificate program courses may be applied toward credits for a B.S. in National Security. The program can be completed in two semesters.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • NTS2215 Introduction to Emergency Management (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • JUS3302 Homeland Security (15-week | 3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • JUS4405 Transportation Security (15-week | 3 Credits)
  • NTS3307 Threat and Risk Assessment (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • NTS4401 Emergency Planning (7-week | 3 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Introduces the emerging issues of Homeland Security and potential terrorist threats. Course topics include the history of terrorism, the National Security Act, the events of September 11th, and overall public safety challenges.

Introduces contemporary security management in the private sector. This course emphasizes the integration of the security function into an organization’s operations in order to ensure safety and security, and enhance overall efficiency and profitability.

Presents the basic principles of effective emergency management as they have developed over the past six decades, including the rapid evolution of the field in this century. Emergency Management related topics include critical infrastructure, public private partnerships, and information security.

Prepares the skills necessary for managers and leaders to conduct a comprehensive, capabilities-based threat and risk assessment for terrorism/all-hazards incidents under the National Response Framework (NRF), National Preparedness Guidelines, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives.

Provides the skills to develop a comprehensive plan for risk analysis, threat assessment, staffing an emergency operations center, coordinating with support agencies, and creating a continuing testing program. Case studies teach students how to plan for natural disasters and terrorism at the federal, state, local levels and within the construct of public private partnerships.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.