Occupational Health and Safety Online Certificate

Occupational Health and Safety Certificate    Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety

university of new brunswick logoWe offer a comprehensive online Occupational Health and Safety certification and diploma program to advance your career and lead your organization to better health and safety practices and procedures. We have partnered with the University of New Brunswick to deliver these programs.


Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

Designed by senior safety professionals, this online program incorporates current trends and regulations and will equip you with the tools to develop, implement, and evaluate an effective health and safety system. The program also prepares you to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP®) exam. You may take one course at a time or register for the entire program.

This program is designed for practicing occupational health and safety processionals, as well as those who want to break into this rapidly expanding field. 

Tuition and fees

Each course within the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program has a tuition cost of $625.00 each.

Program structure

The program is presented through a series of 11 courses, broken down into three clusters. You may take one course at a time or register for the entire program. Each course lasts 10 weeks.

Fundamentals cluster

The fundamentals courses include:

Health and Safety Program Basics

The Health and Safety Program Basics course (COHS 3110) provides an introduction to health and safety program development. It includes the main elements and factors that influence the success of health and safety.

Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene

The Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene course (COHS 3120) helps you learn to recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards that may lead to illness, disease or injury. This introductory course reviews the fundamental concepts of occupational hygiene, including:

  • Types of hazardous exposures
  • Chemical routes of entry to the body
  • Likely health effects of hazardous exposures
  • Controlling workplace exposures

Legislative Compliance and Corporate Responsibility

The Legislative Compliance and Corporate Responsibility course (COHS 3130) guides you through key elements of jurisdictional legislative frameworks, policies and regulations related to workplace safety. This includes Canadian federal, provincial and territorial legislation. You will compare and contrast laws in Canadian jurisdictions with other parts of the world.

Management and leadership cluster

The management and leadership courses include:

Management of Health and Safety Systems

The Management of Health and Safety Systems course (COHS 3210) builds on the Health and Safety Program Basics course. You will learn effective management principles and gain a better understanding of the legal, moral and financial benefits that come from maintaining a workplace program that delivers health and safety excellence. You will learn many models of health and safety program management.

Management, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

The Management Leadership and Organizational Behaviour course (COHS 3220) provides an introduction to corporate leadership and helps you understand the organizational structures of your own workplace. It will help you make more focused and valued contributions to health and safety program design and management, so you can make the best health and safety recommendations possible to your corporate leadership.

Risk Management and Risk Communication

The Risk Management and Risk Communication course (COHS 3230) teaches the skills necessary for the success of every health and safety practitioner. You will understand the elements of risk management and better communicate and understand those risks. You will also learn how to develop and implement an effective risk management system.

Specializations cluster

The specializations courses include:

Accident Causation Theory and Incident Investigation

The Accident Causation Theory and Incident Investigation course (COHS 3310) will teach you how to analyze workplace accidents, identify potential root causes and establish the links between workplace accidents and norms in workplace practices. It is essential to learn why workplace incidents occur so we can prevent and correct practices for next time.

Fundamentals of Environmental Management

The Fundamentals of Environment Management course (COHS 3320) provides an introduction to the topic and will teach you how to identify, evaluate and communicate issues related to environmental conditions in the workplace and globally. Learn how to plan and implement strategies that will mitigate environmental harm.

Fire Prevention and Protection

The Fire Prevention and Protection course (COHS 3330) will help you understand the chemistry of fire, a fire's causes, methods of prevention and protection, and the concepts of fire hazard evaluation, control, prevention, reduction and the elimination of hazards. A major course focus is the concept of Life Safety as it relates to fires and the loss of life and property from fires in the workplace.


The Ergonomics course (COHS 3340) studies workers' interaction with their workplace, and the reduction of injuries and increases in productivity in workplaces. You will learn how to recognize potential ergonomic hazards and reduce them, and the need for healthy ergonomic procedures and implementation.

Auditing OHS Management Systems

The Auditing OHS Management Systems course (COHS 3410) provides you with an overview of the theory and practice behind performing occupational health and safety audits. The course emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement processes and describes the audit process in detail. We identify audit instruments and review best applications in different types of workplace environments. You will learn about OHS case studies and use them to understand auditing practices and be ready to audits within workplaces.


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Occupational Health and Safety Diploma

Take your OHS Certificate to the next level. Learn to think from a ‘system’ perspective, taking the overall safety culture, systems, and measurement into consideration. You’ll develop management and communications skills to help influence stakeholders and lead change within your organization. You’ll also deepen your technical skills on specific OHS topics. You may take one course at a time or register for the entire program.

The program is intended for supervisors, managers and OHS professionals.

Admission requirements

You will need a valid Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation, or an approved Occupational Health and Safety certificate program.

Tuition and fees

Each course within the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program has a tuition cost of $675.00 each.

Program structure

The program is made up of four core management courses and your choice of four technical elective courses. You may take one course at a time or register for the entire program. Each course lasts 13 weeks.

Core management courses

The core management courses include:

Effective Communication

The Effective Communication course (DOHS 4110) explores the role of communications concerning OHS in organizations, with an emphasis on negotiation and facilitation to manage the OHS function more effectively. This helps you listen actively, think critically, speak persuasively and deliver messages effectively.

Modules include:

  • Influencing Organizational Stakeholders
  • Communicating the Value of OHS
  • Relevant Messages and Presentations
  • Facilitating Meetings and Information Sessions
  • Communicating Essential Feedback
  • Negotiating on Behalf of an OHS Culture

Human Performance Leadership

The Human Performance Leadership course (DOHS 4130) is aimed at OHS professionals who are transitioning into a management position with a higher level of responsibilities and who wish to sharpen their leadership skills. The course provides tools and strategies to motivate employees, build partnerships, manage change and deliver results at the individual, team and organizational levels. Effective leaders contribute to success by driving productivity and growth, and building talent.

Modules include:

  • Role of Leadership
  • Emotional and Authentic Leadership
  • Employee Commitment and Engagement
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Leading High Performance Teams

Effective Workplace Training

The Effective Workplace Training course (DOHS 4140) takes you through all stages of the OHS training and education process - from the planning phase to preparing instructional plans and instructing content. You will also help address the evaluation of the process. At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to support formal training and on-the-job coaching, and mentor colleagues.

Modules include:

  • Human Resource Planning
  • Identifying Training Needs
  • Designing Training
  • Understanding the Adult Learner
  • Preparing Instructional Plans
  • Delivering Training
  • Evaluating Training Effectiveness

Psychological Health and Safety

The Psychological Health and Safety course (DOHS 4150) focuses on providing the background and context necessary to address the mental health and social well-being areas of health and safety. You will learn theories related to workplace stress and how it affects mental health. You will also learn strategies for dealing with counterproductive workplace behaviours, like conflict, bullying and violence, and ways to increase employee engagement in a safety culture.

Modules include:

  • Defining Psychological Health and Safety
  • Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Conflict
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Workplace Violence
  • Motivation
  • Developing a Psychological Health and Safety Program

Elective courses

You can choose four elective courses to complete the program:

Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace

The Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace course (DOHS 4210) identifies factors of substance abuse in the workplace, and the role of OHS supervisors in addressing the issue. You will learn a process for implementing a culture change in the organization, how to identify key elements of a drug/alcohol and testing policy, and how to emphasize education, communication and awareness for supervisors, managers and all staff.


  • Introduction to Substance Abuse in the Workplace
  • What's my Role and Where do I Start?
  • The Foundation Piece: A Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Investigation
  • Testing
  • Implementation, Education and Training Assessment

Disability Management

The Disability Management course (DOHS 4220) teaches you best practices in disability management and how the case and claim management process works. You will learn the role of OHS professionals and stakeholders responsible for disability management, engagement and communication strategies and legislation related to disability management.


  • Introduction to Disability Management in the Workplace
  • Management and the Law
  • The Return to Work Process
  • Disability Benefit Plans
  • Disability Assessment and Rehabilitation Programs
  • Preventing Mental Health Disability and Addiction in the Workplace

Safety in Complex Work Environments

The Safety in Complex Work Environments course (DOHS 4230) is aimed at safety professionals responsible for giving advice and leadership to manage risks associated with complex and hazardous environments. You will be able to assess the risks associated with confined spaces and other complex environments, and develop, communicate and implement a hazard management program to control these risks.


  • Introduction to Complex Work Environments
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Types of Spaces
  • Confined Space Hazards
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Controls
  • Emergency Planning
  • Competency Development and Assessment
  • Inspections, Audits and Continuous Improvement

Working at Elevation

The Working at Elevation course (DOHS 4240) helps you reduce risks associated with working from elevations. You will learn how to develop, implement and administer a fall protection program to communicate appropriate controls that reduce the risk of working from elevations. Falls can potentially incur serious injuries, deaths and hazards in the workplace.


  • Introduction to Managing the Risk of Working at Elevations
  • Lessons Learned and Technical Information
  • Statutes and Standards
  • Fall Protection Program
  • Fall Protection Equipment Care and Maintenance
  • Competency and Communication
  • Administration, Program Review and Course Summary

Personal Protective Equipment

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) course (DOHS 4250) considers all factors in the selection, care and use of PPE. It solves the misunderstanding between misused or mixed terminology that many use to describe similar items. You will learn hazard control and elimination. You will also learn an overview of PPE associated with your eyes, head, face, hearing, fall arrest, respiratory, hand, arm, foot and work clothing. You are encouraged to develop a current library of resources and vendors for selection of PPE programs and workers.


  • Control Hazards
  • What is PPE?
  • Selection, Care and Use of PPE
  • Policies, Procedures and Codes of Practice
  • Integration and Implementation

Program Planning and Wellness in the Workplace

The Program Planning and Wellness in the Workplace course (DOHS 4260) guides you through a four-step planning process. You will learn about established starting points and a sense of direction, strategies for conducting an employee health assessment, critical content, examples of successful programs in action and program evaluation techniques. You will be able to develop your own workplace wellness program by the end of the course.

Understanding factors that influence workplace health provides a framework for the development of wellness programs, since many chronic conditions are preventable when the underlying causes of poor health are addressed. An effective program has positive impacts on employee turnover, absenteeism and productivity.


  • Introduction to Wellness
  • Practices and Behaviours that Impact Worker Health
  • Situational Workplace Assessment
  • Forming an Effective Plan
  • Implementing a Wellness Program
  • Program Measurement and Evaluation

Fatigue Management

The Fatigue Management course (DOHS 4270) aims to help you better understand the key safety issue around the concern of fatigue, and how to manage it. The course highlights modern research about the causes and effects of fatigue and introduces tools to assess, manage and mitigate fatigue hazards. You will also learn about the history of fatigue management to understand the components you will need to create a fatigue risk management plan (FRMP).


  • Defining the Need
  • Fatigue 101
  • Fatigue as a Safety Issue
  • Managing Fatigue
  • The History of Fatigue Management
  • Creating a Comprehensive FRMP

Data Driven Decision Making

The Data Driven Decision Making Course (DOHS 4290) is aimed at those who manage say-to-day operations and support organizational processes, or those who would like to learn about process orientation and process control. You will help provide high quality information that is relevant, valid, comparable and reliable for all health and safety stakeholders in the workplace. The goal of the course is to fill the gap between data and decisive action with tools that you can use to make business decisions with confidence.


  • Why Use Data-driven Decision Making
  • When to Measure and How to Measure
  • Basic Statistics
  • Regression and Correlation
  • Benchmarking, Continuous Improvement and Justification of Investment


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