Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management
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Lead emergency operations from the front line

Studying this postgraduate degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with QUT Online, you will examine the underlying drivers of risk, taking into account the risk factors during, and in the aftermath of, an emergency.

Emergency and disaster management is a vital sector within the healthcare industry, and has a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities who find themselves at the front-line of a natural or man-made disaster.

When an emergency situation does arise, strong leadership in the form of effective management is vital. Effective leaders are able to coordinate efficient responses that factor in unpredictability and rapidly changing circumstances.

You will gain practical skills in crisis communication planning and decision-making, and learn to operate in unstable and unpredictable environments with decisiveness.

Subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management with the following:
  • A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or

  • A completed recognised diploma qualification in any discipline with at least three years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in any field with at least one year full-time (or equivalent) in a supervisory or leadership role; or

  • Current registration within the your field of practice with a nationally recognised professional body with at least three years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in the same field of practice; or

  • At least seven years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in a supervisory or leadership role in any field.

This course is not available to international students

Fees: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this program
  • 2023 full fees: $11,300

  • 2023 CSP fees: $4,200

    QUT offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this course to eligible domestic students. A CSP is subsidised by the Australian government, meaning that you do not need to pay a significant portion of your course fees.

    Speak to one of our Course Consultants for help accessing a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2023.

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Career opportunities

Emergency Coordinator

Provide leadership for an organisation and ensure it has a sustainable and resilient disaster and emergency response plan.

Incident Support Officer

Advise an organisation regarding a range of emergency events – both man-made and natural – and assist with projects to draft more effective disaster response and recovery plans.

Training Coordinator

Coordinate high-quality training programs that ensure an organisation is well-prepared to respond effectively to disaster and emergency events.

Emergency Services Officer

Assume responsibility within an organisation for the delivery of a rigorous and comprehensive emergency response and security service.

Learning at QUT Online

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Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.