200.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

Course Schedule

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Fundamentals Certificate is designed for those who are or would like to work in roles such as front line service providers, administrative support positions, and junior technician roles working in OHS. Practitioners in these roles may work in non-profit, government/public and corporate industries including energy, IT, grocery, mining, and retail.

Students examine the foundational concepts of OHS roles and responsibilities; the culture of health and safety, and safety regulations; the laws and enforcement that guide safety; and the concept of risk.

Safety performance measures are explored including research and investigation, and data collection for analysis and review. Human behaviour and its impact on and reaction to accidents will include cognitive, behavioural and psychobiological reactions in response to emergency situations, decision making, interpersonal communication, and organizational process conformity.

By the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize commonly applied theories and systems
  • Recall how OHS management systems are used to create a culture of safety through regulations and enforcement guidelines
  • Identify safety performance measures and the benchmarks used to assess safety, collect data for research, and investigate safety concerns
  • Practise safety compliance and policy enforcement
  • Analyse human behaviour as it relates to OHS
  • Interpret how accidents and emergency situations impact human behaviour, including decision making, communications and process conformity


The Occupational Health and Safety program is an 800-hour laddered program of two certificates leading to an OHS Diploma.

OHS Laddering

This certificate is perfect if you:

  • Work, or aspire to work, in the OHS field in government, corporate, or non-profit sectors
  • Seek knowledge that meets the needs of progressively demanding levels of responsibility in the OHS field
  • Plan to pursue CRST or CRSP® designations
  • Want to pave the way for career advancement

The OHS Fundamentals Certificate program is instructor led and can be completed entirely online or in the classroom.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom.

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 course, and should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course, on items such as readings and assignments.

Before taking your first online course, it is recommended to take the free course, Digital Skills for Learning Online.


Occupational Health and Safety instructors are industry practitioners and experts. Typically they have a baccalaureate degree, hold a current Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® designation along with five years of direct OHS experience.

All Continuing Education certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate is the first in the laddered OHS program. The second and third programs include the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate and the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma.

Students are required to complete 200 hours of core courses to obtain the OHS Fundamentals Certificate. Upon completion, students may complete an additional 200 hours of core courses to complete the OHS Advanced Certificate. Students may then take an additional 400 hours of core courses to obtain the OHS Diploma.

The length of time it takes to complete the OHS Fundamentals 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.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. 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.

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. The certificate admission fee is $105. Once admitted, you can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your certificate.

Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete this certificate is $3,485.

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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 institutes within the last 10 years. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 60 hours towards the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate.

To apply for advanced standing, click here.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for other University of Calgary Continuing Education certificates, 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 Program Information Specialist.

Please Note:

The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 100 hours for this certificate.

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

On completion of the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate, the following hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward certificates in:

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.

The Continuing Education Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate aligns to the national Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) certifying competencies as well as the international certifying competencies regulated by the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioners (INSHPO), a global alliance of OHS professional organizations. This national and international alignment with the University of Calgary OHS program ensures OHS professionals the flexibility of work within Canada and internationally.

On completion of the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate, you will have the admission requirements for the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate (200 hours). This is the most likely path for those interested in pursuing the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification.

The BCRSP has reviewed the Continuing Education Occupational Health and Safety program and designated the University of Calgary an approved education provider.

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.

This certificate program is not eligible for application for a study permit. International students who wish to live and work in Canada should see our International Professional Programs.

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