Homeland security training

Professionals trained to respond to terrorist threats and incidents remain in demand. Our Homeland Security Certificate gives you an overview of the federal response to major disasters, how to assess threats to the country and appropriate actions to take. To become certified as an Emergency Manager through the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management (NCCEM), you need work experience.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Emergency Management Directors

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Our Homeland Security Certificate teaches you

  • The federal framework used to respond to national incidents
  • Problems facing emergency response teams
  • How to protect infrastructure
  • Aspects of domestic and international terrorism
  • Threat assessment and mitigation
  • Communications skills as crisis advisors

Homeland Security Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. This certificate is a comprehensive certificate focused on policy, planning and administration of emergency response teams and systems. This certificate focuses on homeland security and integrates the practical, technical and communication aspects of emergency management. Program participants will gain an understanding of problems facing response teams, learn to write emergency plans according to local, state, and federal guidelines and build communications skills as crisis advisors. These courses apply towards the Emergency Administration and Management Associate in Science degree.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" in all Support and Major courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Florida CIP Code

0743030202 - Homeland Security Emergency Manager (CCC )

Federal CIP Code

43.0302 - Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.


Our Homeland Security Certificate transfers to our Associate in Science degrees in Criminal Justice Technology or Homeland Security and Emergency Management at SPC. These A.S. degrees give you a general education background and transfer to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.


If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of Advanced and Short-Term Training for public safety professionals.

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