Pathways: Emergency Telecommunicator/Dispatcher

An Emergency Telecommunicator works in a variety of emergency communications environments.  Private sector jobs include public-safety departments for hospitals, colleges and universities, alarm monitoring companies, automobile services businesses, trucking firms and corporate security. 

Public sector jobs involve receiving information from the public and from emergency services personnel (police, fire and medical) at a public safety answering point (PSAP) commonly referred to as a 9-1-1 center.  The job involves the operation of complex communications equipment and the ability to problem-solve and provide services within the parameters of written policies and procedures.

As an Emergency Telecommunicator, you will play a key role on the public safety team by providing the communications link connecting agencies, the departments you serve, field operations and the public. Your responsibility may include: answering telephone calls, both emergency and non-emergency, operating sophisticated radio equipment, assigning and dispatching responders, monitoring and controlling radio and computer-based communications.  You may help people in crisis situations, respond to requests for emergency help, provide information or referrals to the public and maintain records of all activity.

Conveniently located: PCC's Cascade campus.

Start date for the next Pathway is Fall Term, September 22, 2014.

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Estimated Cost Of Training:
Term 1: $1,382.60
Term 2: $1,586.80
Total: $2,969.40

Training Cost Sheet

Note: The figures above are based on the 2011/12 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Pass a background check
  • Must demonstrate ability to type 25 words per minute (employers prefer 55 wpm)
  • Complete a COMPASS exam at a PCC testing office with placement into:  Writing 121, Reading 115, Math 20 Recommended

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
ETC 106   Intro to Criminal Law 3
ETC 103  Intro to Emergency Telecommunications 4
ETC 108 Transcription for Telecommunicators 2
ETC 110 Communication Center Operations - Basic Skills 3
WFTT 23 3-hour/week Career Planning Course non-credit
Total Credits for Term 1 12
ETC 104  Emergency Telecommunications - Call Taking 4
ETC 105 Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management 3
EM 103 Intro to Radio Communications 3
ETC 111 Communication Center Operations – Intermediate Skills 3
ETC 201 Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) 1
Total Credits for Term 2 14
Total Credits for Training 26

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop.
  3. Schedule a time to take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers to schedule the exam.
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.
  6. Contact the Emergency Telecommunicator Program at 971-722-5530 to request an application and obtain information regarding the criminal background check.