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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
The Occupational Health and Safety program is an 800-hour laddered program of two certificates leading to an OHS Diploma.
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.
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.
Plan your certificate...
|BMC 201 Accident Theory and Incident Investigation *||30||$550|
|BMC 363 Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace||30||$550|
|BMC 199 Ergonomics||30||$550|
|BMC 283 Importance of Human Factors *||20||$480|
|BMC 295 Industrial Safety Processes *||40||$630|
|BMC 183 Integrated Workplace Health Management *||20||$480|
|BMC 350 Stress and Fatigue Management||30||$550|
* Prerequisite: BMC 104 Health and Safety Management Systems: The Basics or equivalent.
** Fee does not include textbook and admission costs. Subject to change.
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.
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. 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 Advanced Certificate.
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.
On submission of your admission application, you will be charged a non-refundable fee of $95. (If your admission is denied, the $95 fee will be refunded.)
Transcripts are required if you completed equivalent courses or programs at another university or college.
Unofficial transcripts that you may already have in your possession can be used for the initial assessment process, however an official transcript must be received before you will be admitted. An official transcript is one that has been sent directly to UCalgary Continuing Education from the institution that issued it.
Send official transcripts to:
University of Calgary Continuing Education
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for your application to be processed. You will be notified by an advisor when your admission application has been assessed.Apply for Admission
Several options are available to either complete your current HSE program or move into the OHS program, depending on your education goals.
If you are currently taking one or more Health, Safety and Environment courses with UCalgary Continuing Education, and wish to graduate with a Health, Safety and Environment certificate...
- No additional steps are required.
- You have until June 2020 to complete the current Health, Safety and Environment Certificate program requirements (as presented in your student account).
If you are currently taking one or more Health, Safety and Environment courses with UCalgary Continuing Education, and wish to move into the new Occupational Health and Safety program...
- You have until December 2019 to declare your program and move all applicable courses, at no charge (one time only).
- Please contact a Program Information Specialist (at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-220-2866) to review your current courses and to move you into the appropriate OHS certificate or diploma.
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.
To apply for admission with advanced standing, see the Admission section above for details.
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.
Maximum Credit Hours
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 admission application 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.
View our Graduation page for details.