Online Graduate Certificate inFire & Emergency Services

Earning a graduate certificate in fire and emergency services is your opportunity to elevate your knowledge of emergency planning and response in an interactive, online format. This valuable credential can not only demonstrate a commitment to your future, but can also equip you with the critical thinking and decision-making abilities you can apply immediately to your current role. While our 12-credit hour certificate uses the exact same curriculum and is taught by the same faculty as our Master's in Safety, it can be completed independently of a degree program. Pursue advancement opportunities, assume more leadership or use your certificate as a stepping stone to our Master's in Safety.


Earn your certificate in 1 year or less.


Complete coursework 100% online.


Learn from a veteran faculty of safety professionals with public and private sector experience.


Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.
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SACSCOC accredited and highly respected.
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What you can learn


The core of the certificate program is an advanced examination of such topics as safety, leadership, legal issues, compliance, emergency response, research and auditing. Study the strategic planning techniques and skills important to complementing your current professional experience and becoming a leader. Discover what it takes to manage and direct fire departments as well as fire prevention, EMT, search and rescue, and fire inspection teams. Our certificate provides a new perspective on different leadership styles, characteristics of a leader, and strategies to influence and maximize others’ potential.

Topics of study include:
  • Strategic Planning and Development
  • Prioritization of Fire Services
  • Resource Management
  • Public Sector Emergency Services
  • Management Theory
  • Developing as a Leader
  • Characteristics of a Successful Leader
  • Agency Coordination
  • Liability Issues
  • Financial Management
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Fire and Emergency Services Courses

SSE 820 Strategic Planning for the Fire and Emergency Services
Study the theory and value of strategic planning and the steps to developing plans with respect to organizational development and resource management.
SSE 824 Leadership in Fire and Emergency Services
Examine such issues as leadership development, leadership styles, decision-making skills, persuasive influence and storytelling. Evaluate your leadership merits and shortcomings, and develop a plan for filling leadership needs in your own career and in your organization.
SSE 825 Public Sector Finance and Budgeting
Analyze the relationship of fire department budgeting within the scope of financial management or municipal governments. Explore the different funding sources for public first responders, including taxes, supplements from other governments and grants, and use your knowledge to prepare arguments to prioritize fire service issues.
SSE 829 Public Emergency Services
Study the theories and techniques regarding the operation and delivery of public sector emergency services, including agency coordination, budgetary considerations, resource assessment and liability issues.