Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

There are two objectives for this course. The first is that you learn the principles and practice of strategic planning. The second is that you demonstrate that knowledge to the course instructor. You must understand what strategic planning is all about and then confidently work on your assignments and prove your knowledge.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Learning Objectives

  • understand what is meant by strategic planning;
  • describe the need for a strategic plan; and
  • explain the process and procedures included in the pre-planning phase.

Unit 2: Learning Objectives

  • identify the primary procedural steps included in the planning phase;
  • describe the composition and tasks to be performed in each procedural step; and
  • draft the outline of a strategic plan based upon data available for your own community.

Unit 3: Learning Objectives

  • draft the outline of a strategic plan based upon parameters provided from a case study.

Unit 4: Learning Objectives

  • identify the procedures necessary for obtaining approval of the strategic plan;
  • explain the procedures necessary to execute the strategic plan;
  • describe the results achieved after the strategic plan has been implemented;
  • understand the management skills and concepts needed to monitor progress; and
  • ensure that the strategic plan is indeed implemented.

Unit 5: Learning Objectives

  • recognize the feedback or cyclic nature of strategic planning;
  • understand the management skills and concepts needed to evaluate whether the plan is working;
  • identify the benchmarks against which the strategic plan performance can be measured;
  • explain the role of training and disaster simulation or exercises; and
  • describe the corrective measures that must be taken in case of problems.

What You Will Learn

  • to appreciate and understand the process for strategic planning
  • to determine procedural steps in the development of a strategic plan
  • to explain the measurement of strategic plan performance
  • to determine the need for corrective measures for strategic planning


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Fire Officer Certification: This course is one of ten required courses for Fire Officer III. All grades must be 70% or higher. Prerequisite to applying for Fire Officer III is the completion of Fire Officer II from elsewhere. Self-serve tracking of progress towards Fire Officer III Accreditation is available. To request enrolment in CE0099 Fire Officer III Accreditation Track, email openlearning@dal.ca .

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


The prerequisite to the Certificate in Fire Service Administration program is the completion of the Certificate in Fire Service Leadership program. In addition the prerequisite to this course is the completion of at least five CFSA courses.

Prerequisite: Completion of the "Certificate in Fire Service Leadership"

Recommended For

  • Fire department personnel who want to learn about strategic planning as it relates to fire services.
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