Public Safety Dispatcher Certificate

This 6 credit-hour program curriculum is based on NFPA National Fire Protection Association Standard 1061.

This certificate meets the requirements of:

  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB)
  • Public Safety Dispatcher minimum standards
  • Association of Police Communications Officers (APCO) Project 25
  • Public Safety Dispatcher minimum standards
  • National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1061 Public Safety Dispatcher job requirement

Gain specific knowledge required to successfully handle emergency calls by training on the 9-1-1 StarZ III simulator. By working with Harper's state-of-the-art equipment, you'll learn though experiential situations that re-create the real world environment of an emergency communicator.

Demand for Skilled Professionals

The need for qualified public safety dispatchers is more important than ever. Jobs are expected to grow 6% in the future.

Strong Starting Salary

Area communications centers hire at starting salaries of about $40,000 plus full benefits (March 2009). And with some experience, you could be earning up to $70,000 a year.