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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 the OHS Diploma, you will have the required education credits (60) 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.
This diploma 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 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.
Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you wish to earn the diploma.
You can take courses first and enrol in the diploma later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the diploma program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
To be admitted into the diploma program, you must have an OHS certificate. Completion of University of Calgary Continuing Education's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Fundamentals and Advanced certificates meet the admission requirements for the OHS Diploma. OHS certificates from other recognized post-secondary institutions may be accepted, though some conditions apply.
Individual and professional development courses may be taken for general studies and do not require a student to be admitted into the OHS Diploma.
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.
Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete this diploma is $7,380.
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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 130 hours towards the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program.
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.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 200 hours for this diploma.
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: Professional 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 fulfil the 60 credit requirement of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® certification and is an approved program by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). 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. 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.