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

Become an occupational health and safety professional at SFU

Meet grad Mandip Sondh. Read his story

With our part-time Occupational Health and Safety (commonly known as OHS and OH&S) Certificate, you’ll learn to keep employees safe and healthy by planning, promoting, implementing and evaluating workplace safety management programs.

Six focused OHS courses will teach you about workplace health and safety systems, including the fundamentals of occupational hygiene, safety hazard recognition, organizational behaviour within the context of Canadian business, and provincial and federal health and safety legislation including the Workers Compensation Act.

You’ll choose from a variety of electives that will broaden your skill set to meet the increasing demands of the OHS field. Topics include workplace training design, communication in business, rehabilitation and disability, vocational accommodations and return-to-work strategies.

Graduate with the skills you need to work in workplace safety management

Grad Daniel York's passion for safety began with his own workplace accident. Read his story

This program is a perfect foundation if you'd like to enter the OHS field. It’s also invaluable if you're an experienced safety professional, and you wish to improve your chances of a promotion.

As a certificate graduate, you will be able to plan, promote, implement and evaluate safety programs in a variety of public and private settings, including the following:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Construction companies
  • Petroleum companies
  • Worker compensation boards
  • Insurance companies
  • Fire halls

You’ll be prepared for a variety of roles that may include the following:

  • Safety officer
  • OHS advisor
  • OHS officer
  • OHS inspector
  • Safety, health and environment coordinator
  • Workplace safety coordinator
  • Occupational hazards specialist
  • Environment auditor
  • Work safety consultant

Earn continuing education credits

Three of the program electives (Rehabilitation and Disability Foundations, Vocational Accommodations, and Interventions and Return-to-Work Process) are pre-approved for continuing education credits from the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC) and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP).

This program also meets the education requirement for Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) Certification (Pathway A). You can find more information on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) website