How we manage workplace and environmental health and safety issues is critical to workers, organizations, and the environment itself. Organizations are highly motivated to avoid the huge costs associated with occupational and environmental accidents and mishaps.
Legislation requiring employer compliance creates change and challenge for health, safety and environment (HSE) professionals who must act in the roles of motivator, change leader and enforcer.
Employers are looking for people who can identify, evaluate, and communicate information about workplace and environmental conditions that may have adverse impacts on human health. They need people who have the knowledge and skills to plan and implement strategies to control and manage potential problems, and motivate proactive behaviour change.
HSE is a rapidly changing field with opportunities for employment in all industries. Like all Cont Ed certificates, this program is a great way for you to build on your education and work experience.
Courses are delivered in classroom, online, and blended formats allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule. The Health, Safety and Environment Certificate can be completed entirely in the classroom or online.
Whatever the delivery format of your course, you should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.
Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.
In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark.
It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times. Some courses are offered in a blended format that combines classroom and online components.
Before taking your first online course, you are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.
All Continuing Education certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Health, Safety and Environment Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to complete 160 hours of core courses. The remaining 140 hours will be chosen from a list of optional courses.
In general, most students complete the program in two to three years. Given that most students have other significant time commitments, we recommend taking no more than two courses at one time. Students who are keen to fast-track their programs are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation and options that may be available to them.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.
A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.
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Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing:
- Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
- Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
- Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
- Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)
Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from pre-approved U of C Continuing Education Business Seminars and part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.
Please note that you must apply for advanced standing for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with U of C Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.
If you hold the NCSO (National Construction Safety Officer) designation, you are eligible to receive up to 30 hours of pre-approved seminar credit. If you are in the process of pursuing the NCSO designation, you must wait until you have received the designation before pre-approved seminar credit will be awarded. To find out if you are eligible for seminar credit, please contact a student advisor.
* Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.
On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward certificates in Environmental Management or Professional Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
CRSP Designation: The core courses along with several optional courses align with the requirements of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. Students who structure their program to take these courses emerge from the program well-prepared to take the CRSP exam. Upon completion of the University of Calgary Health, Safety and Environment Certificate program, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals may acknowledge 50 points towards Factor 1 (Formal Education) in the CRSP program.
Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:
To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:
- Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
- Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
- Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.
NOTE: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.
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Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992