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CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management


At a glance

Completing the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management will enhance your skills and knowledge in community-based disaster management across the four phases of a disaster: preparation; prevention; response and recovery.

Study modes Online
Units/credits 4/24
Availability Online Study
Duration 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Intake dates March

Career opportunities

In the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management you will study a suite of four core subjects and then have the opportunity to tailor the context of your assessment to the workplace context of interest to your career. This will see you enhancing your career advancement opportunities as a specialist in your chosen area being highly employable in the emergency services in Queensland and all Australian states and territories.



The Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management recognises the changing nature of emergency and disaster management in Australia and the important role research and evidence-based practice plays in underpinning contemporary perspectives and approaches.

During this course you will draw on the interdisciplinary nature of emergency and disaster management to explore current and emerging trends and national and international approaches, as well as the key concepts and perspectives that underpin contemporary practice. 

Based on the Australian National Strategy for Disaster Resilience you will develop a wide range of communication skills to facilitate community-based disaster management, develop both collaborative and transactional leadership styles and know when it is appropriate to use these styles of leadership, and develop interoperative capacities and strategies to ensure services, agencies and communities are best prepared and able to respond effectively to natural disasters.

This course may suit you if you work in emergency service agencies or private, government, non-government and community-based organisations that play a role in emergency and disaster management.

Why Study at CQUniversity

CQUniversity offers a wide variety of public health and emergency services courses focused on equipping health and emergency service workers with the latest knowledge and skills in crisis management.

Broad Range of Options

Whether you are currently working in the industry seeking to advance your skills, or looking to kick start a new career in public health and emergency services, our broad and ever-growing range of courses give you the choice to be what you want to be. Choose from emergency services, emergency and disaster management and public health courses.

Study Your Way

A number of our public health and emergency service courses allow you to choose between on-campus or online study. You may choose to study by online study while you work in the industry, allowing you to gain practical experience and earn while you learn.

Up-to-date and industry relevant

CQUniversity courses are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry, accrediting bodies and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. In fact, our offerings are a response to industry demand for people with specialised industry expertise.

Postgraduate and research

CQUniversity offers a range of related postgraduate and research courses.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

In the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management you will study a suite of four core units and then have the opportunity to tailor the context of your assessment to the workplace context of interest to your career.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note units are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information about your specific application.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

For entry into the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management you are required to possess one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline; or
  • an Advanced Diploma from the Public Safety Training Package
  • other qualifications at Advanced Diploma level will be assessed on a case by case basis

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can apply to study Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management by clicking the Apply Now button below.

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For Western Australia applicants please use our Apply WA portal.

Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via

For more information on applying for Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
Online Chat Session
23 MAY
Online Chat Session