Important Notice:

We are no longer accepting new applications into this certificate program. It has been replaced by the Occupational Health and Safety program. If you are a current student and have questions about this program please feel free to contact a program information specialist.


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.

Wondering how to get started?

Take a look at these frequently asked questions.

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.

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.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you have other significant time commitments and take only one or two courses per term, you will likely complete the program in two to three years. If you are planning on taking multiple courses per term, you will complete the program faster.

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.

Apply for Certificate Admission

Effective July 1, 2018 the eligibility criteria to apply for the CRSP certification has changed. See the Occupational Health and Safety program for details.

On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Environmental Management, Human Resource Management, and Professional Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and contact us requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.

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:

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.

View our Graduation page for details.

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Core Courses

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Minimum Required

160 Hour(s)

Maximum Allowed

160 Hour(s)

Note: BMC 104 Health and Safety Management Systems: The Basics is a prerequisite for most courses in this program.

Optional Management Courses

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