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Pending University of Calgary governance approval.
The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Diploma provides advanced training and professional development to individuals who are supporting senior level and management-related 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 these courses in the OHS Diploma, you have the education requirements and are preparing yourself to take the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® examination.
Focusing on a broad range of management skill development, the diploma will help you deepen your occupational health and safety competencies to include standard practices, judgement and decision making, risk assessment, strategic planning, and project development and completion. Advanced skills in communications, senior management consultation and advising, and ethical evaluation and practice will be a focal point.
By the end of the program, successful students will be able to:
- Summarize OHS professional practices used to create organizational safety strategies and procedures
- Evaluation management skills needed to determine core competencies in OHS
- Design and implement an effective disability management program
- Select models and tools that represent industry best practices for investigations
- Manage organizational behaviours that impact and enhance organizational effectiveness, development and operations
- Use project management, change management, strategic planning and business analysis skills to ensure smooth and responsive organizational management.
The Occupational Health and Safety program is an 800-hour laddered program of two certificates leading to an OHS Diploma.
The OHS Diploma 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.
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 Diploma is the last in the laddered program. The first and second programs include the Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals Certificate and the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate.
Completion of the OHS Fundamentals and OHS Advanced Certificates (400 hours total) or equivalent hours, is required to be admitted in the OHS Diploma program.
Together with the OHS Fundamentals and Advanced Certificate programs (400 hours), the OHS Diploma program is an 800-hour program.
The length of time it takes to complete the OHS Diploma 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 three to four years. If you are planning on taking multiple courses per term, you will complete the program faster.
Plan your certificate...
|BMC 218 Emergency Response||20||$480|
|BMC 309 Disability Management: An Integrative Approach||30||$550|
|BMC 281 Auditing of HSE Management Systems and Compliance||30||$550|
|BMC 205 Business Management||40||$625|
|BMC 172 Human Behaviour in Organizations||40||$625|
|BMC 161 Strategic Planning||40||$625|
|BMC 368 Operational Risk Management||40||$595|
|BMC 206 Management Communications: Interpersonal Skills||40||$625|
|BMC 358 Change Management Theory and Application||20||$445|
|BMC 299 Project Management: Level I||40||$745|
|ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice||30||$525|
|ICT 771 Business Analytics Introduction||30||$975|
* Prerequisite: BMC 104 Health and Safety Management Systems: The Basics or equivalent.
** Fee does not include textbook and admission costs.
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 and the Occupational Health and Safety Advanced Certificate is required to enrol in the OHS Diploma 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 130 hours towards the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma 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.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 200 hours for this certificate.
On completion of the OHS diploma, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
On completion of the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma, the following hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward certificates in:
- 150 hours: Human Resource Management
- 150 hours: Marketing
- 150 hours: Professional Management
- 150 hours: Public Relations Management
- 150 hours: Security Management
- 100 hours: Certificate in Change Management
- 70 hours: Project Management Fundamentals Certificate
The number of transferable 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 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 Continuing Education University of Calgary OHS program ensures OHS professionals the flexibility of work within Canada and internationally.
The BCRSP has reviewed the Continuing Education Occupational Health and Safety program and designated the University of Calgary an approved education provider.
The Occupational Health and Safety Diploma courses align with the requirements of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® certification. Students who successfully complete the University of Calgary Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates, combined with the Diploma, meet educational requirements, and are well-prepared to take the CRSP exam. For more information, please visit the BCRSP website.
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.
View our Graduation page for details.