200.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

Course Schedule

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advanced Certificate provides further training and professional development to those who support mid-level and technical tasks within the OHS skill set. Practitioners in these roles may work in non-profit, government/public and corporate industries including energy, ITS, grocery, mining, and retail.

Building on the foundational knowledge of basic occupational health and safety process and theories, this program explores the application and analysis of specific strategies for safety issues, workplace hazards and risks, mitigation plans, and environmental and safety audits. You will explore and create health and safety prevention strategies, impairment management programs, and assess employee optimal health and performance standards.

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

  • Summarize common knowledge related to basic OHS safety processes and issues
  • Analyse and measure inherent hazards and risks to the workplace including health and environment safety
  • Develop hazard and risk controls to ensure workplace compliance
  • Create health and safety prevention strategies to promote optimal employee health and performance standards
  • Implement policies and maintain organizational impairment management programs


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 Advanced 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 Advanced Certificate is the second in the laddered OHS program. The first and third programs include the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate and the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma.

You are required to complete the OHS Fundamentals Certificate (200 hours) and OHS Advanced Certificate core courses or equivalent, to obtain the OHS Advanced Certificate.

The length of time it takes to complete the OHS Advanced Certificate 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.

Completion of the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate or equivalent courses is required to enrol in the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate program.

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.

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 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 $3,820.

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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 Advanced Certificate.

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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.

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 Advanced 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.

The courses in the OHS Advanced Certificate align with the requirements of the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification. Students who emerge from the University of Calgary OHS Advanced and Fundamentals Certificate combined, meet educational requirements, and are well-prepared to take the CRST exam. For more information, please visit the BCRSP website.

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.

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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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