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FERM Certificate

Grow professionally with this online FERM certificate. 

The online Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM) certificate is for professionals who want to develop or improve management and administrative skills. The courses and instructors are focused on the fire and emergency response management industry.

This 18-credit certificate is open to all fire and emergency management personnel. The courses are offered completely online.

Find out if this program is right for you!

The certificate is designed to benefit chiefs, assistant chiefs, captains, lieutenants, firefighters, paramedics, fire instructors and fire inspectors.

There are some entrance requirements for certificate students. Students must:

  • Have Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience 
  • Get approval by FERM program committee 

More Information

If you're interested in this program or would like to know more, please contact UW Oshkosh at (920) 424-0234 or toll free at (800) INFO-UWO. You can also request information by completing this online form.

Program Courses

The courses for this credit certificate were selected from the full FERM bachelor's degree because they are highly applicable for firefighters, emergency workers and chief officers. The following list contains all of the courses required for completion.

Liberal Studies 466

Applied Data Gathering and Analysis (3 crs)

Using data effectively in the workplace: the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for decision-making and problem solving within organizations. Topics include question posing, qualitative data gathering and analysis, qualitative data gathering and analysis, descriptive statistics, beginning inferential statistics, feasibility techniques, and process analysis. This course will use an extensive series of cases and problems and conclude with student projects that demonstrate an ability to take a problem from inquiry and data gathering, through analysis and solution identification, to formal presentation. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.

 

Public Administration 365

Politics of Emergency Management (3 crs) (SS)

This course will focus on the political processes, institutional structures, public policies and social phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The courses is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affect and are affected by hazards, crises, disaster and other extreme events. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 307

Administrative Law and Procedure (3 crs) (SS)

The rule-making and adjudication powers of governmental agencies. Specific topics such as right of public employees in dismissal or suspension proceedings, rights of industries in regulatory proceedings, and open meetings laws. Judicial review of agency action. 

Prerequisites: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 362

Public Personnel Administration (3 crs) (SS)

Personnel concepts and techniques in public organizations, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor/supervisee relation, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. 

Prerequisites: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 364


Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3 crs) (SS)


Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 366

Emergency Planning and Administration (3 crs) (SS)

This course will introduce the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency planning and administration. It is intended to provide students with the analytic tools and techniques they can use in ranking risks and anticipating crises and then developing and implementing strategic preparedness programs in the public sector. They will identify the various aspects of government and nonprofit planning for emergencies and show how these plans are tied to budgets, operational controls and public accountability. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

English 309


Advanced Composition for Business (3 crs) (EN)

An advanced composition course for Business majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to business. Attention is also given to business communications such as correspondence, reports, and resumes. Required of Business majors. 

Prerequisite: 45 credits including WBIS 188, Eng. 101, 110, 202 or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 credits Advanced Comp per semester. English 309 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.

 

Liberal Studies 209

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 crs)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of the thinking and writing skill through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in one of the following majors: Liberal Studies, Leadership and Organizational Studies or Fire & Emergency Response Management or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 335

Transformative Leadership (3 crs)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate and authentic, expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn.  In this course learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches.  Through a combination of inventories, reflection and experiential activities learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 336

Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 crs)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success.  Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 203 or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 337

Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 crs)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative dispute resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 203 or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 338

Mentoring and Development (3 crs)

This course will examine the principles and techniques of effective mentoring, the mentor as a change agent within  the organizational entity and the impact mentoring programs have in organizational settings overall. Students will examine and critically analyze their own mentoring experiences as well as the content of existing programs, and propose recommendations on how to develop or enhance a mentoring culture in a given organization. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent; and Communication 111.

 

Liberal Studies 463

Budgeting & Bookkeeping for Program Managers (3 crs)

This course provides the students an opportunity to learn the basics of budgeting and bookkeeping. The course of study will help prepare program and profit center managers to develop and manage their budgets and expenditures. They will also have the opportunity to learn to use accounting information and make monetary and financial decisions. The relationship between organizations and the national economy and monetary decisions will also be discussed. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also, Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.

 

Public Administration 221

Introduction to Public Administration (3 crs) (SS)

Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.

 

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