Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner Certificate

Occupational Health & Safety

The 10-module Occupational Health & Safety Practitioner Certificate equips learners with the knowledge and skills to work as an entry level safety coordinator, officer and/or advisor. Occupational Health & Safety practitioners are advocates for safe work environments who bring their valuable knowledge and skills to the table to help anticipate, assess and communicate risks. They are also required to help organizations develop programs to improve overall well-being in the workplace.

This program also currently, partially fulfills the accreditation requirements of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification. CRSP’s work in intermediate level health and safety practitioner positions as well as managerial positions, after a significant degree of work experience is obtained.

On completion of this certificate students will also receive the following industry standard certifications; Confined Space Awareness, Fall Protection Basics, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, WHMIS, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, S100 Fire Management.

***IMPORTANT PROGRAM COSTS & REGISTRATION INFORMATION: UNBC Continuing Studies allows students the option to either purchase the entire 10-module certificate up front at the price listed below, or to pay for modules on a course-by-course basis. Please note that module prices do vary and paying for your certificate on a course-by-course basis will result in higher costs for those choosing to complete the certificate.***

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify how health & safety relate to an organization’s overall management system
  • Understand the legislation in the OH&S field
  • Identify the hierarchy of workplace hazard controls
  • Explore hazard analysis and its process
  • Optimize overall system performance and design ergonomic work environments
  • Introduction to legislation regulating hazardous materials used and transferred in the workplace and environment
  • Discover the entire inspection process including the need for conducting inspections to who is involved in the process
  • How to conduct accident investigations and complete reports
  • Identify emergency situations and assess appropriate Emergency Preparedness and Responses (ERP)
Instructor: Price:
Prince George
Winter 2017/Spring 2018
Date & Time:
13 Oct 2017 to 12 Mar 2018
  • Course schedules vary module to module
Registration Deadline:
October 3, 2017

Course Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this program. All participants are required to purchase the following textbook: Dianne E.G. Dyck, Occupational Health and Safety: Theory, Strategy and Industry Practice, 3rd edition (LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2011). This textbook will be available to purchase at the UNBC’s Bookstore for $170. Students will also have to bring the following safety equipment to every class: Hard hat, high visibility vest, ear protection, eye protection and safety footwear.


Course Transfers

UNBC Continuing Studies will accept up to two course transfers, upon approval, from students who are planning to enroll in the face-to-face or online OHS Practitioner Certificate program. For more information email cstudies@unbc.ca.

Industry Recognition

This program is recognized and endorsed by ENFORM.

Program Homework and Assessments

Each module will have approximately 1.5-3.0 hours of required reading. There will also be in-class assignments and presentations. Furthermore, there will be an in-class final exam during Module 10. Students must receive a minimum of %70 on the final exam in order to receive their certificate.

Course Materials

Course materials for each module will be provided in a downloadable, digital format. Students will be provided a web link and access to information for their program after they have registered and paid. Furthermore, they may or may not be required to print these documents and bring them to class. It is recommended that students use a laptop to view the course materials during class.