Emergency Management for Professionals

12 Week Online Course: May 20 - August 9, 2019*

*This class runs online, but has 6 days in the summer where participants will come on campus for full-day sessions. See our FAQ for more information.

Learn how to help your community with the Saint Michael's College Emergency Management for Professionals certificate program. The program offers chances for professionals to learn teamwork, community engagement and leadership, while helping to train individuals to improve the safety of businesses, organizations and communities.

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The Emergency Management for Professionals certificate program, taught by Saint Michael's Director of Public Safety Doug Babcock, is designed to help anyone learn how to operate during a crisis while also earning the following:

  • Saint Michael's College Emergency Management Certificate
  • Vermont Emergency Management: Completes all education requirements for VT EMD certification (there are two practical requirements that need to be done outside this course to earn the VT certification)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: Professional Development Series Certification
  • National and state recognized courses

To see if emergency management is in your future and how it can be useful to you, click here.

The Emergency Management (EM) for Professionals certificate program is designed to educate and involve area professionals in all fields in emergency management and disaster mitigation. Additionally, the curriculum will develop students' skills and training in leadership and community engagement, enhancing their ability to provide service to those affected by disaster.

The SMC certificate provides a foundation understanding of EM principles using best practices and nationally recognized training programs to integrate your knowledge into your workplace and personal life. In addition to Saint Michael's College Certificate of Completion, this program prepares you to evaluate emergency preparedness, prepare readiness and recovery plans based on your work and home experiences while also completing state and national courses that prepare you for certification with the state of Vermont.

Emergency Management is truly an interdisciplinary profession. The practices of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation apply not only in the public and government sectors, but also in the private sector. Businesses must be prepared for disasters and have resiliency plans to survive, continue operations, and support their customers throughout and following disasters. The same is true for service organizations, religious institutions and businesses and governments large and small. This 12 week intensive course combines in-person and online lessons along with discussions, readings and group projects to create an integrated and experiential learning environment. 


Emergency Management 103 - Emergency Management for Professionals (4 credits): Fundamentals of Emergency Management and command systems including the Vermont Local Emergency Management Director’s course, Red Cross shelters and other federal and state courses. This course builds on EM principles, discusses government and community relations and public information, hazard assessment and culminates in a nationally recognized program in emergency management exercise evaluation and control.  


Douglas Babcock, B.A., M.B.A.

Director of Public Safety

Contact Professor Babcock

Robert E Sutton Fire and Rescue
Box 280
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Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing, Lyndon State College
Master’s of Business Administration, Champlain College

I began my career in Public Safety at the age of 16 and have worked in emergency medicine, fire service, law enforcement and the military over the years. I also served as the Emergency Management Director for the town of Cambridge from 2013-2017. In 2015 I became the Director of Public Safety for Saint Michael's College where I also serve as the Emergency Management Director. I have collaborated on several projects with Vermont Emergency Management and worked with numerous private companies around safety and preparedness.

Courses I Teach: 

Emergency Management Certificate program including
EM101 – Fundamentals of Emergency Management
EM102 – Emergency Management and Government
EM201 – Emergency Management Independent Study
EM210 – Emergency Management Capstone

The Emergency Management Certificate costs $2,480. That is $620 per credit for a four credit program.

**Please note, no federal financial aid is available for students in this program.

Emergency Management for Professionals Certificate Program: FAQ

  1. What is emergency management?

Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

  1. How does emergency management apply in my life?
  • Business: Continuity of operations, logistics and supply chain security
  • Education: How does our school prepare for active shooter events?
  • Psychology: Mass trauma care in a disaster
  • Engineering: Disaster resilient buildings and infrastructure
  • Technology: Cyber Security and critical Infrastructure
  • Home Preparedness: Is your family prepared for a disaster?
  • Environmental: What is the next weather disaster?
  • Religious Organizations: Ministering to all faiths in a disaster
  1. How much does the program cost?

The program is a 4-credit course, with tuition set at $620/credit. The total cost for the program is $2,480. Participants will not have to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, as all course material will be provided. No federal financial aid is available.

  1. Is class online or in person?

This class runs online, but has 6 days in the summer where students will come on campus for full-day sessions. These days are:

  • May 21st 
  • June 4th
  • June 18th
  • July 16th
  • August 6th
  • August 7th 
  1. Do I get official college credit?

Yes, this is a 4-credit course. If you would like to order an official transcript, please visit www.smcvt.edu/transcripts. All credit is transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.

  1. Do I get a certificate?

Yes. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Saint Michael’s College certificate indicating the successful completion of the program.

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