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Gain the tools and expertise you need to become an occupational health and safety (OHS) professional. Develop an understanding of advanced safety-specific topics and meet a growing demand across industries.

Acquire the skills to analyze and apply accident theory, evaluate safety and control measures, and put systems management approaches into practice to ensure safe workplaces.

You can choose to complete this certificate program on campus, through online courses, or through a combination of both modes.

Developed with Ryerson University’s School of Occupational and Public Health, courses are part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational and Public Health (BASc), in the Occupational Health and Safety option.

By completing this program after the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and then continuing on to the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership, you will meet the education components required for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Apply accident theory and analysis
  • Advise on ergonomics
  • Implement safety evaluation and control techniques
  • Address industrial and construction safety
  • Practice systems management
  • Interpret and execute OHS measures for the forestry, mining, and transportation industries
  • Execute OHS practices in a variety of workplace contexts, including: health care facilities, retail outlets, offices, and utilities
  • Manage fire safety

Industry and Careers

Every workplace in Ontario with more than five employees is legally required to plan and put into practice an occupational health and safety (OHS) policy. Almost all industries need personnel with in-depth, applied knowledge of OHS.

OHS roles are found in public and private workplace settings, including:

  • Hospitals and other health care providers
  • Heavy industry such as mining and forestry
  • Universities and other educational institutions
  • Airports
  • Local government and other public sector organizations
  • Construction
  • Transportation agencies and providers

Possible Job Titles

  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Safety Supervisor
  • Compliance Officer
  • Occupational Hygiene Technician
  • OHS Manager

Who Should Take This Certificate?

Build on your existing knowledge and expertise in OHS to explore advanced, safety-specific topics and set you on a course to the top of your field.

You may be interested if you are:

Who Teaches the Courses?

Learn from occupational health and safety professionals who draw on:

  • Real-world knowledge and experience in municipal and provincial governments
  • Backgrounds in agriculture, health services, engineering, and petrochemicals
  • Expertise as independent health, safety, and disability consultants
  • In-depth research and academic achievements in the field
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Professional Designations and Accreditation

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals administers Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification.

By completing this program and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership, you will meet the education components required for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

Gaining this widely recognized and respected credential is a great way to demonstrate your professional commitment to eliminating hazards in the workplace to employers and the wider community.

Testimonials

"The Chang School's distance education format gave me an opportunity to further my educational career without having to interrupt my professional career. If you have always debated going back to school but have been afraid to halt your professional career, the distance education program enables you to get the best of both worlds."
- Josh Elsley

Certificate Requirements

  • 8 required courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

OR

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With six Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status and five years of professional experience in occupational health and safety, plus the following courses:
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is advanced safety management?
Advanced safety management is a specialized area of OHS that involves the study of different theories of how accidents occur, international safety systems, and other knowledge and skills essential for controlling or eliminating workplace hazards.

Where do graduates of the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership find jobs?
OHS professionals are in high demand across many industries. You might land a job in a hospital, steel mill, university, airport, local government, or any other place that values workers’ health and safety.

Are courses in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership offered online?
You can complete the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management entirely online. All courses in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership (aside from COHS 840) are also offered online.

Can I get Transfer Credits for courses I’ve taken at other institutions or for work experience?
You can apply for a Transfer Credit if you have taken the same course at another post-secondary institution.

Note: there’s no guarantee your application for Transfer Credits will be accepted.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Craig Fairclough, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  cfairclo@ryerson.ca

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