200.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

Course Schedule / Fees

Pending University of Calgary governance approval.

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. By obtaining the courses in the OHS Advanced Certificate, you have the education requirements and are preparing yourself to take the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) examination.

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

Laddering

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

OHS Laddering

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.

Instructors

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.

This program is pending University of Calgary governance approval. Applications will be processed upon governance approval, estimated January 2019.

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 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.

Contact a student advisor if you are...

A current University of Calgary Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) student and want to graduate with a Health, Safety and Environment Certificate.
You have until December 2019 to declare your program status, and until June 2020 to complete the current Health, Safety and Environment Certificate requirements.

A current University of Calgary Health, Safety and Environment student and want to switch to the new Occupational Health and Safety program.
You have until December 2019 to declare your program status, and move all applicable hours, at no charge.

A graduate of the University of Calgary Health, Safety and Environment Certificate and want to pursue the new Occupational Health and Safety program.

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutes. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 60 hours towards the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate program.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for other University of Calgary Continuing Education certificates, in the last ten years, 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 an advisor.

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 OHS Advanced Certificate, up to 60 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards a Certificate in Security 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.

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 found in Grants, Funding, and Scholarships.

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

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