Applied Leadership

Emergency Rescue Technician

Program Overview

Develop the character and the know-how to rescue people in trouble.


You're not the type to shy away when people need help. You like to dive in, get your hands dirty, and make a difference.

The Emergency Rescue Technician Certificate is a one-of-a-kind program. It brings together Bible college education with hands-on, action-packed, industry-standard first responder training. You'll experience eight months of learning that will shape every part of who you are: your worldview, your soul, your character, and your skills.

If you're considering a job in emergency services or rescue operations, this is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable experience, technical certifications, and confidence as you pursue your career goals.




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Emergency Medical Response


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Advanced Rope Rescue


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Avalanche Safety Training


Ski lift rescue

Mountain Rescue Operations


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Wilderness Survival Skills


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Search & Rescue


go way beyond hard skills



Develop Solid Christian Character

When crisis hits, you need to be grounded in what really matters. In the ERT program, you'll develop your mind and soul along with your skills. Your classes will deepen your faith and give you tools for following Jesus 24/7.



Become a Strong Leader

A core focus of the ERT certificate is helping you learn how to take the lead in a crisis. You'll finish your year with the confidence to make wise decisions that save lives, prevent injuries, and get the job done.


Experience Teamwork

Because we've packaged these rescue courses together, you'll train alongside the same people over eight full months. You'll learn how to collaborate, rely on each other, and push each other to reach your potential.


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Enjoy West Coast Training

There is no better place than the West Coast to learn emergency rescue skills. You'll experience terrain that ranges from mountains to ravines to rivers and oceans.


Program Info

Program Schedule


Expect to be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, taking core Bible college classes like Old Testament Survey, the Church in Mission, and Spiritual Formation. You'll also be able to go to Thursday morning chapels and connect with the Columbia community.


These days are reserved for rescue tech courses. Expect a blend of in-class training and out-trips. ERT classes will be taught in modules, meaning you'll tackle one course for a number of days, be tested, and then move on to the next course. The great thing about this schedule is that it allows us to stay out in the field from Friday through Monday. Plan for your weekends to be busy.

You'll graduate:

  • With an Emergency Rescue Technician Certificate from Columbia Bible College
  • The following technical certifications:
    • Emergency Medical Responder - recognized by BC Emergency Health Services. To be licensed as a working EMR, you will need to take a licensing exam. EMR is the first step to becoming a BC paramedic.
    • Advanced Rope Rescue (EMBC-recognized)
    • Avalanche Safety 1 & 2 (Canadian Avalanche Association)
  •  34 academic credits. You will be eligible to transfer into Year 2 of many of our diploma and degree programs, including the Diploma in Applied Leadership and Outdoor Leadership. You may also be able to transfer your credits to another institution.  (See our transfer guides.)

Program Costs

ERT students pay additional course fees to cover the costs of technical training and out-trips. Each student also needs to buy his or her own set of gear, listed in the equipment checklist below.


Program Tuition  $11,390
Program Course Fees $6,044
Program Total $17,434
(Note additional fees for all Columbia students on our Costs page)  

















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