The Education of an Emergency Manager

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This week we are discussing the education of emergency management vs training. Why it is important to get a formal education. However, you do not need a degree, because there are certificate programs out there for you as well.

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1 thought on “The Education of an Emergency Manager”

  1. I thought that the concept that emergency management professionals having varied educational background was very interesting. I’m currently pursuing my AA (and eventually my BA and possibly MA) for Emergency Management. I have 12 years of EMS experience where I started as an EMT and worked my way up to supervisor and training manager without a 4-year degree. The process was difficult and took quite a bit of time to work my way up through the ranks. I believe that a ‘hybrid’ approach like the one mentioned in the podcast episode where experience + a degree/certificate would have accelerated this process significantly and potentially opened up some other doors that were closed to me.

    I wish that more EMI classes were open to the private-sector so unaffiliated individuals like myself could take advantage of these educational opportunities. These classes could be used to build a resume and eventually put oneself into a position to parlay this education into a job with the government sector or NGO.

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