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Fire & Emergency Response Management Certificate

Grow professionally with our online certificate.

Firefighting Certificate Student, Brian Bending The online Fire Services Management and Emergency Management certificates are for professionals who want to develop or improve management and leadership skills. The certificate is designed to benefit chiefs, assistant chiefs, captains, lieutenants, firefighters, paramedics, fire instructors and fire inspectors.

Certificate Curriculum

Fire Services Management (5 courses/15 credits)

  • FERM 335: Fire & Emergency Services (3 cr.)
  • FERM 351: Occupational Safety & Health in Emergency Services (3 cr.)
  • FERM 401: Fire Prevention Organization & Management (3 cr.)
  • FERM 402: Community Risk Reduction for Fire & Emergency Services (3 cr.)
  • FERM 408: Management of Emergency Services (3 cr.)

Emergency Management (5 courses/15 credits)

  • FERM 340: Introduction to Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • FERM 365: Politics of Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • FERM 366: Emergency Planning & Administration (3 cr.)
  • FERM 341: Technology in Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • FERM 342: Disaster Operation & Decision Making (3 cr.)

 Admissions Requirements

There are some entrance requirements for certificate students. Prior to enrolling in the FERM certificate program, student must have completed the following requirements:

  • Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 (can be completed at a technical or community college)
  • At least two years of relevant work experience

If requirements are met, students can apply to the program by submitting the following application materials:

  1. Unofficial Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 transcripts
  2. Signed letter from your chief confirming your work experience
  3. Completed Application Form

You can mail your materials to us at:

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Division of Online and Continuing Education
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Applying as a Special Student

Prior to submitting the online application, we encourage you to connect with an advisor for the FERM certificate program to make sure you understand the admissions requirements. Call (920) 424-0688 or email If you want to enroll in a certificate program at UW Oshkosh, you must apply as a Special Student. Special Student status means that you are not seeking a degree.

  1. You will apply to UW Oshkosh using the online UW System application or downloadable PDF application. Select either “visitor/guest student at the undergraduate level” or “undergraduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” when applying.
  2. You do not pay the UW System $50 application fee.
  3. There is no $100 enrollment deposit needed for special students. You will be able to enroll without additional paperwork on the enrollment date assigned for special students. (Typically 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the semester you’re applying for.)

More Information

If you’re interested in this program or would like to know more, please contact UW Oshkosh at (920) 424-0688 or toll free at (800) 633-1442. You can also request information by completing this online form.



Laurie Ahrens
(920) 424-4474