University of Alberta

Occupational Health & Safety

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For general interest students:

  • 33 courses available
  • Anyone may register in any course without enrolling in a program
  • You can be a 'general studies' or an audit student
  • Use online checkout or call our registration office at 780.492.3116

For program credit:

  • see the Courses & Completion tab below:

Earn a Certificate

Program in detail:

Certificate Overview

  • 1 to 3 years
    part-time study 10-12 courses
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  • Flexible Delivery Fully online or in-class in downtown Edmonton, Calgary and across Alberta

  • Apply now start any time

Concern for health and safety in the workplace is increasing among workers and employers across all industries and society in general. This part-time U of A certificate program is designed to help practitioners from many different backgrounds develop the competencies needed to be effective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health and safety programs and systems in a wide variety of occupational settings. In a recent survey of OHS graduates, 96% felt the knowledge and skills gained from the program were relevant to their jobs.

Alberta-wide in-class course availability

In addition to being offered online, the OH&S program is offered in-class Edmonton, Calgary, and throughout Alberta through affiliations with the following institutions:

Fully-online OH&S: Building pathways for student success

Effective fall 2015, the OH&S program will also be available fully online.

This launch comes at a time when there is an increased demand, locally and nationally, for qualified and skilled health and safety practitioners; our OH&S program meets that need through quality, relevant, current, and effective training.

Our online program promises to be highly-engaging, interactive, and collaborative, during which students build meaningful relationships with their peers, industry-expert facilitators, and members of the e-learning support team.

Those aspiring for a career in health and safety will now have the option to complete their program requirements online, face-to-face, or through a ‘blended’ option of online and face-to-face, as they experience outstanding industry-driven and student-centred learning through the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program.

Qualifying for admission

  • High school diploma and minimum two years work experience

Conditional admission may be granted to individuals who do not meet all admission requirements.

Get a head start

In cooperation with several professional associations who share, believe and encourage the philosophy of Continuing Professional Development, the University of Alberta, is pleased to honor individuals possessing the following professional designations and encourage them to apply for exemption credit and receive credit towards our program:

Transfer credit

University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety program accepts transfer credit for up to a maximum 3 (three) courses taken from recognized post-secondary institutions within the past five years. To apply, complete a Transfer Credit Request form and submit it to the OHS program office along with an official transcript, a course description, and an evaluation fee of $100 per course. Please note: the fee will apply only if the transfer credit is approved.

Core competencies of our graduates

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy and safe workplaces
  • Enhance the professional practices of people responsible for occupational health and safety programs, systems, procedures, and techniques
  • Develop the professional competence of people who practice (or aspire to practice) as occupational health and safety professionals
  • Develop an understanding of and the ability to apply concepts, principles, and practices involved in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, prevention, reduction, and elimination of hazards, accidents, injuries, diseases, and disabilities to people in on-the-job situations
  • Help prepare you for registration as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) as granted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).
  • Assist Registered Occupational Hygienists maintain registration with the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).

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