Humanitarian U’s Core Professional Humanitarian Training and Certification program is for those wanting to start working in aid or to improve your knowledge and better prepare yourself for the challenges you will face. Humanitarian U and DisasterReady have partnered to bring you online learning followed by certification exams resulting in a digital certification badge you can add to your HPass wallet.

OPTION 1

If you have taken the online course(s), complete the exams and get certified

Cost per exam $50.00 CDN

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OPTION 2

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Our courses Core Professional Humanitarian Training and Certification

Humanitarian U’s Core Professional Humanitarian Training and Certification program has four courses each with their own exam. For best results, take the training then come back and take the exam. Successful students will earn a Humanitarian U digital competency badge for each course which you can store in your HPass wallet. Complete all four exams successfully and earn your digital Program badge.

  • Humanitarian Context, Systems and Standards

    Course 1

    Course 1 sets the scene for humanitarian action, providing a portrait of the contemporary humanitarian environment while highlighting the complexity and diversity of humanitarian contexts and response.

    * Note: You must have a DisasterReady account to access the course. Click here to sign-up for your free DisasterReady account. Already have an account? Log-in here.

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  • Building Blocks for Humanitarian Practice

    Course 2

    Course 2 introduces the values, ethics and principles that underpin humanitarian action. It provides an overview of the bodies of law that inform humanitarian response including international humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, and international disaster response law.

    * Note: You must have a DisasterReady account to access the course. Click here to sign-up for your free DisasterReady account. Already have an account? Log-in here.

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  • Cross-cutting Themes and Future Directions

    Course 3

    Course 3 addresses important trends and cross-cutting issues that must be considered in all humanitarian operations. A cross-cutting issue is an issue that is of relevance to all areas of concern meaning that these need to be kept at the forefront of how humanitarians think in the field.

    * Note: You must have a DisasterReady account to access the course. Click here to sign-up for your free DisasterReady account. Already have an account? Log-in here.

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  • Case Study

    Course 4

    Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and core competencies they have acquired in an online simulated humanitarian emergency. They will become familiar with the technical sectors as they respond to the simulated natural disaster.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, you do not have to take the courses first. BUT, the courses contain valuable information which will help you pass the exam and give you the tools you will need while working in humanitarian aid. They do not take a lot of time to complete so we urge you to take them first.

No. There is no cost to create an account in DisasterReady.org and no cost to complete the Humanitarian U courses. All content in DisasterReady.org is free.

Yes. You can purchase any of the available exams and then take them one after the other or take one and then come back later to finish the others.

Yes. Upon successfully passing the exam, you will receive a digital badge from Humanitarian U that can be stored in your HPass wallet. HPass is a digital platform where key players can meet: humanitarian workers and volunteers, learning and assessment providers, and employers.

At the moment, the courses and exams are only available in English.

At the moment, you can only take the exam once.