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Below we have listed a number of certifications and training opportunities available, as well as organizations that provide various learning opportunities. We strongly encourage students to explore adding content for their resumes. Like any other profession, the more certifications and training you have, the better your competitive advantage in the job market.

York University

The Certificate in Risk Management prepares working professionals for risk manager and risk management analyst positions. It also provides valuable training for managers who have recently taken on risk management responsibilities. The specialized knowledge and skills gained will be immediately applicable in the workplace while also opening doors for future opportunities in the field.

Graduates of this certificate are eligible and encouraged to write the exams for the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, administered and conferred by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI), and recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Attaining the CRM designation, in combination with the Certificate in Risk Management, will distinguish you as a qualified and skilled candidate in the field.

York University Athletics and Recreation offer First-Aid training for students. More information can be found here.

CIFAL York is part of UNITAR's global network of training centers for knowledge-sharing, training, and capacity-building for leaders, local authorities, and civil society. Established in 2020 as a partnership between UNITAR, York University and York Region, CIFAL York started its operation in June 2021 as the first CIFAL Centre in Canada.

The Rights, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization & Inclusion (REDDI) workshops by REI are a series of interactive and instructor-led training sessions led by the REI Education team. A number of our sessions are conducted in partnership with the Division on People, Equity, and Culture, the Teaching Commons, Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD), Student Accessibility Services (SAS), and Talent Acquisitions and Development (TAD). REDI workshops focus on various themes and topics covering human rights, equity, diversity, and inclusion and are open to all Faculty, Staff, and Students at York.

Other Organizations

We encourage you to look into how each of these organizations can work for you and your interests.

Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has certified 20,000+ resilience professionals in 100+ countries and at 95 percent of Fortune 100 companies. DRI offers 15 individual certifications, including the globally-recognized Certifies Business Continuity Professional (CBCP_ certification, and certifies organizations as resilient enterprises. DRI offers training programs ranging from introductory to masters level across a variety of specialties in multiple languages; online and in-person continuing education opportunities; and an annual conference dedicated to the resilience profession. DRI supports charitable activities through the DRI Foundation.

The Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) certification supports entry level proficiency and forms the basis for moving to other certifications offered by DRI International. ABCP is for individuals with some knowledge in business continuity planning, but who have not yet acquired the necessary experience for certification at a higher level.

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members worldwide, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the "Principles of Emergency Management" and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) enhances our profession by offering opportunities for professional development, advocacy, mentoring, community collaboration and networking.


Below is a list of disaster and emergency management related trainings

Volunteer organization of ham radio operators who report severe weather when they see it to Environment Canada. What they do is called ground-truthing. They confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. When Environment Canada's weather centres issue severe weather watches or warnings, they alert the CANWARN volunteers at the organization's regional stations in the affected areas. The volunteers contact other CANWARN members on the ham radio, tell them a watch or warning has been issued and ask them to report signs of approaching severe weather.

The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of training opportunities for DHS personnel, partners and citizens, including home and business owners.

responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of courses, click on Course List link above

The only certificate program of its kind in Canada, SFU’s First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate has been developed in partnership with the Tema Conter Memorial Trust.

Humanitarian U provides training support to the humanitarian community. The programs are developed in partnership with leading universities and organizations and are geared toward experienced and aspiring humanitarians.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading, non-profit international organization dedicated to promoting professionalism in the practice of project management.

The United Nation e-learning courses cover a wide range of topics, from sustainable development to human rights, climate change to nuclear safety, and many more.