911 Telecommunicator Certificate

Thinking of answering the call to become a 911 Telecommunicator? Wake Tech has a class for that.

Attend a Required Information Session

Before you can enroll in Wake Tech's Public Safety Telecommunicator program, you must attend one of our information sessions to learn about the pre-requisites. 

Informational sessions 

Wed. Sept. 4 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, classroom 1507
Tues. Sept. 24 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, classroom 1108

Public Safety Education Campus at 321 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh

To register for one of the Informational Sessions, please email Christine Baucom at [email protected]. Please include your first and last name along with the date you plan to attend.


What is a Telecommunicator?

Telecommunicators are not sworn officers, but not your typical clerical/administrative worker either. They are a mix and must be able to comprehend the basics of law and crime, multitask with phones, radios, and computer systems, and act as a “lifeline” in emergency and crisis situations to officers and the public.

Why take this class?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, through the year 2026 there are a projected 10,000 job openings for 911 Telecommunicators throughout the United States. Learn the telecommunicator’s code of ethics, and how to cope with this high-stress job. Identify crucial terminology, and handle call center equipment. Practice call prioritization, resource allocation, and how each emergency response organization operates.

Get certified!

The NC Sheriff’s Office requires its dispatch center telecommunicators to be certified within one year of employment. Employees of other law enforcement agencies are encouraged to take the class to build skills. Training is free for currently employed telecommunicators. Those seeking employment with an agency may also attend, however, class pre-requisites include: Must be 18 years old and must provide and meet the NC Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards requirements, which include a documented medical physical and medical history, and criminal background check. There is a fee for the class for those not currently employed in the profession. 

Course Details & Registration Information

Advanced Telecommunicator CertificationEME-3500C4
This certification program, that is offered at the Public Safety Education Campus, prepares students for a career as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator or Public Safety Dispatcher. In this class, students will learn the role of a Telecommunicator and their duties and responsibilitie...
Advanced Telecommunicator CertificationEME-3500D4
This certification program, offered at the Public Safety Education Campus, prepares students for a career as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator, or Public Safety Dispatcher. Students will learn telecommunicator fundamentals: the telecommunicator's role and the duties and responsibilit...
Pathways to Careers in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Corrections, and SecurityHRD-3004BH2
Discover the broad range of careers available in this field ranging from local to federal. Over the duration of the course, we will explore various careers in law enforcement, public safety, corrections, and security, including patrol officers, deputies, detectives, forensic...
Public Safety Telecommunicator Certification - Part 1EME-3500A4
Prepare for a new career in public safety. Career opportunities for 9-1-1 telecommunicators and public safety dispatchers are available. Offered at the Public Safety Education Campus, this course imbeds the professional ethics and operational standards set forth by industry...
Public Safety Telecommunicator Certification - Part 2EME-3500B4
Students who successfully complete part one (1) of the Public Safety Telecommunicator Certification course will want to enroll in part two (2) of the 9-1-1 Telecommunicator or Public Safety Dispatcher Certification. In this course offered at the Public Safety Education Campu...
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