Part-time, in class and online Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

Program details

  • OHS courses: Part-time in Surrey
  • Electives: Part-time in Vancouver and Surrey
  • Some courses also available online
  • Core OHS courses, which consist of 13 sessions each, meet in the evenings during the week.
  • In-class electives meet either in the evenings during the week or on weekends.
  • We currently offer two courses online (one core and one elective).*

*Online courses can be accessed at your convenience via Canvas, our online course management system.


The program can be completed in as little as two years. You have up to five years to finish the program.**

**Beginning on the day you start your first course (as long as the course is part of the program's curriculum when you apply).

Upcoming terms
We recommend you begin with the core course: Introduction to Health and Safety Systems.
Courses You'll take six core courses and from two to four electives.
Learning materials See individual courses for requirements. The cost of textbooks is not included in your tuition. 

Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees, which range from $530 to $795.

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) offers a bursary of up to $500 to students who meet certain eligibility requirements and are enrolled in a qualified OHSE program. Students are encouraged to learn more and apply on the CSSE website.

Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline There is no application deadline for this program, but we recommend you apply after taking your first course in the OHS program.

Interactive learning environment

In class, you’ll learn through a combination of lectures, presentations, discussions, practical examples and individual and group work. You’ll learn alongside other professionals with whom you’ll share experience and ideas. You’ll also benefit from top-notch instructors—industry professionals we’ve chosen on the basis of their credentials, experience and teaching abilities.

Coursework: What to expect

Coursework reflects and builds upon the real-world experience that everyone brings to the program. Prepare to spend six to eight hours on homework each week. 

English language requirements

To meet the demands of your coursework, you should have an advanced level of spoken and written English.

Evaluation and graduation requirements

Evaluation methods vary, but you will receive a final letter grade (A to F) or (P/F) at the end of each course.

To receive the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate, complete and pass all six of the core courses and at least 78 hours of electives. The passing grade for all OHS courses is C. In addition, you must attend at least 75 per cent of scheduled classes within the OHS courses. When you have successfully completed all your courses, submit a graduation request form.