Join a field of in-demand professionals dedicated to individual and social well-being across countless industries. Expand your occupational health and safety (OHS) skills to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate programs to help ensure safe and healthy workplaces.
You can choose to complete this certificate program on campus, through online courses, or through a combination of both delivery options. Many of our courses are also offered in an intensive format on campus during the Spring/Summer term, so you can complete a full credit in as little as a week. With some careful planning, you may be able to complete the full certificate over the Spring/Summer term by taking the in-class intensives and a few online courses.
Courses are drawn from Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational and Public Health (BASc). This program can give you advanced standing should you wish to pursue the BASc. Offered through the School of Occupational and Public Health, the BASc is the only degree-level program of its kind in Canada.
This program meets the education components required for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). After completing this certificate, you may continue on to our two other health and safety certificates – Advanced Safety Management and Occupational Health and Safety Leadership – to satisfy the educational requirements to take the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) Board exam.
This certificate is eligible for OSAP.
Note to students registered in this certificate program: Effective Fall 2020, the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2020, must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of their registration. For curriculum details, please refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration.
What Will You Learn?
After completing this certificate, you will able to:
- navigate OHS legislation
- complete OHS management reports
- analyze occupational hygiene assessments
- conduct hazard recognition and assessment, and provide solutions for controls
- understand the basics of management systems
Who Should Take This Certificate?
Over 700 people have completed the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and many of our graduates have become leaders in OHS. Whether you’re acquiring the skills to embark on a successful OHS career or working towards advancement in your field, you’ll learn from industry professionals and gain the skills and expertise you need.
You may be interested if you are:
- beginning your career or already working in fields such as engineering, human resources, and nursing
- directing and leading the OHS programs at your workplace
- coordinating OHS programs at your workplace
- seeking additional knowledge to contribute more effectively to your Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
Who Teaches the Courses?
Learn directly from working OHS professionals who have years of experience in the field. Our program has been a forerunner of OHS education in Canada since 1979, and our instructors are 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
Industry and Careers
Workplaces with more than five employees in Ontario are legally required to plan an OHS policy and put it into practice. Personnel with in-depth, applied knowledge of OHS are required across all industries.
OHS roles are found in public and private workplace settings, including:
- hospitals and other healthcare providers
- heavy industry such as mining and forestry
- universities and other educational institutions
- local government and other public sector organizations
- transportation agencies and providers
Possible job titles include:
- Health and Safety Assistant
- OHS Administrator
- OHS Coordinator
- Health and Safety Officer
Professional Designations and Accreditation
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) administers Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification. This program meets the Board’s educational requirements for seeking CRST designation.
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.
- 7 required courses
- 1 elective
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With six Grade 12 U or M credits
- Mature student status
You can complete the full Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in a single term by taking a combination of intensive and online courses in the Spring/Summer term. Intensive courses allow you to complete a full certificate credit in just one week of full-time study.
Here’s how you can complete the certificate in one term:
1) Take the following five one-week intensive courses in the Spring/Summer term.
- COHS 508 - Occupational Health and Safety
- COHS 208 - Occupational Health and Safety Law
- COHS 608 - Hazard Recognition and Control
- CVOH 217 - Measurement and Analysis
- COHS 718 - Systems Management I
2) Take the two remaining required courses online in the Spring/Summer term (concurrently with other courses).
3) Choose one online elective course to be taken in the Spring/Summer term (concurrently with other courses).
Awards and Financial Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
What is occupational health and safety (OHS)?
OHS is the monitoring of a workplace to try to prevent disease and injury from affecting anyone who works there. Knowing about potential hazards lets OHS professionals take steps to control or eliminate danger.
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, a steel mill, a university, an airport, local government, or any other place that values workers’ health and safety.
Is there a particular order in which I should take Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety courses?
You can take courses in any order that suits your interests and schedule. If you’re unfamiliar with the field, however, we suggest you begin with COHS 208 - Occupational Health and Safety Law to learn about the legislation that governs occupational health and safety issues.
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?
Yes. You can complete the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership entirely 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.
I am currently registered in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and am interested in eventually pursuing the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership. Is there a recommended elective I should take?
Yes. We recommend you take CMHR 405 - Organizational Behaviour.
“This certificate program has provided a solid foundation which allowed me to advance my studies in OHS, in addition to providing my employer with a higher degree of professionalism. The university location is convenient, plus the class times fit my schedule. The biggest challenge for me was time management; finding the right balance between, family, work, and school. Taking the courses online helped me achieve that balance.”
Questions? Contact Craig Fairclough, Academic Coordinator.