• Public Safety, Fire, and EMS Leadership Certificate

    The variety of the issues confronting public safety leaders is legally, mentally, and physically more complex than in the past. Tackle complex challenges to better meet the needs of your organization with Hamline’s Public Safety, Fire, and EMS Leadership Certificate. Designed for fire, emergency service, and law enforcement personnel, this certificate features topics ranging from leadership and management in public safety to best practices in public safety innovation.

    With the Public Safety, Fire, and EMS Leadership Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Enhance your communication and presentation skills in the areas of marketing and human resources.
    • Gain an understanding of how technical requirements and the political environment affect your job.
    • Learn how to manage employees from recruitment through the arc of their careers, including integrating volunteers into your organization.

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    Program Overview

    Students who complete the Public Safety coursework will receive a certificate from the Hamline School of Business Public Administration program and 8 Continuing Studies credits.

    Cost for the certificate program is $2,800.

    Certificate Topics

    The program consists of the following seven core modules:

    • Foundations in Public Safety Administration (City/County)
    • Leadership and Management in Public Safety I and II
    • Public Safety Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
    • Homeland Security, Incident Command, and Public Information
    • Public Budgeting, Technology, and Governmental Relations
    • Cases in Public Safety Innovation-Best Practices
    • Emergency Medical Response, Hazardous Waste Materials, and Civil Defense Administration


    Students must complete 90 hours of training in seven monthly sessions over an eight-month period. Thursday classes are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Classes meet on the following dates for the 2015-16 certificate:

    Session 1: Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11
    Session 2: Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9
    Session 3: Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13
    Session 4: Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15
    Session 5: Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12
    Session 6: Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11
    Session 7: Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15

    About The Instructor

    Nyle Zikmund joined the Spring Lake Park Fire Department in 1981 as a paid on-call volunteer. In 1994 he left the private sector to accept a full time position with the department, and he was promoted to chief in May of 1995. Chief Zikmund chairs the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Legislative Committee, is Past President of the Great Lakes Division of International Fire Chiefs and current International Director for the Great Lakes on the International Fire Chiefs Board. Nyle has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stout; a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and Technology from the University of Cincinnati; a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University; received his Certified Fire Officer Designation in 2001, and has received his Executive Fire Officer Degree from the National Fire Academy.

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Public Administration must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.