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NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR)


Responding to the need for increased interoperability and effectiveness in the face of crisis management and disaster response worldwide, UCI DCE's collaborative offering brings the NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR) courses online. The CMDR courses aim at building basic knowledge and awareness on NATO Crisis Response fundamentals, the NATO Crisis Response System (“NCRS”), and its complementary elements. The courses will incorporate subject matter experts and be in coordination with NATO content, requirements, and Centre of Excellence (COE) support.

Crises and disasters take place throughout the world on a daily basis, and take many forms, from earthquakes to viral outbreaks to threats of armed conflict. In a globalized world, these often have implications beyond their immediate locales and even their nation. Moreover, effectively responding to them requires not only traditional emergency management (EM) expertise, but also the capability to employ this in an international context with different systems, organizations, and expectations. The CMDR program prepares professionals for such scenarios by aligning with NATO core concepts to offer a unique learning opportunity based on the alliance's own training program. Those in the CMDR program will benefit from learning about NATO's norms, standards, and practices in dealing with both events and peer institutions. This is an invaluable experience for those who are interested in developing knowledge and skills, both hard and soft, for careers in today's global emergency management environment.

As the global market is expanding, the need for highly skilled individuals in the field of CMDR is growing. There is a need for new leaders who understand strategically how to tackle crisis and disasters within the international landscape. Utilizing skills already in practice from NATO, this specialization targets key practices already established to prepare individuals for advanced career opportunities internationally within crisis management and disaster response.

Who Should Enroll

The CMDR program will greatly enhance one's understanding of and ability to respond to crises and disasters in today's globalized world. It is an ideal option for those just starting their career track, those transitioning into a new career, or those simply wanting enhanced credentials and applicable skills in their current careers. For EM professionals working in, or aspiring to work in related capacities at national and international levels, it will offer practical skills and professional certification, as well as a new and useful perspective on the field. Current and future military personnel will gain practical skills and insights in dealing with potential crises and disasters they may face in deployments as well as insight into working within a military alliance structure. For those in or considering an international career with governmental or non-governmental entities, it will have the added benefit of an introduction to this career track and life, along with insight into working in an international context.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for emergency management directors.

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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $103k)

Program Benefits

  • Evaluate EM in an international context, notably its conceptualizations, processes, standards, issues, and norms, and how these are manifested in NATO.
  • Identify the concepts and approaches to collaboration, both within and between the diverse teams and institutions in the international EM context.
  • Earn UCI professional development credit and a dual certification of knowledge covering the only NATO concepts in EM offered in the United States.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response (Part 1) (2.00 Units)
  Online   to be scheduled
NATO Crisis Management & Disaster Response (Part 2) (2.00 Units)
to be scheduled   Online  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Registration Begins Jan 24 Apr 24 Jul 17 Oct 23
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 30 Jun 22 Sep 21 Jan 4
Courses End* (week of) Jun 8 Sep 7 Dec 7 Mar 15
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 27, May 25 Jul 3, Sep 7 Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Specialization Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of two required courses for a total of 4 units. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course, in order to be eligible for the certificate. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. It is recommended that each course be taken in sequence. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Living (and Working) in the COVID-19 Age - Insights from NATO about Crisis Response
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