Continuing & Professional Education

Occupational Health & Safety

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As an indus­try changes and grows, so too does the bench­mark for knowl­edge and skills expect­ed by lead­ing indus­try pro­fes­sion­als. Devel­oped to meet the com­mu­ni­cat­ed needs of those in the health and safe­ty indus­try, the Pro­fes­sion­al Diplo­ma in Occu­pa­tion­al Health & Safe­ty pro­gram expands and builds upon the OHS Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram to fos­ter a deep­er knowl­edge and pro­vide new skills for health and safe­ty professionals.

The cours­es in our diplo­ma pro­gram are close­ly aligned with the Board of Cana­di­an Reg­is­tered Safe­ty Pro­fes­sion­als’ CRSP accred­i­ta­tion require­ments (see OHS — BCR­SP CEU equiv­a­len­cy) This align­ment serves two pur­pos­es: it allows us to meet indus­try needs and, at the same time, gives our grad­u­ates a more straight­for­ward path to build their health and safe­ty careers.


The UAlberta advantage: earn a credential from a Top 5 Canadian university that is recognized as a world leader in higher education.

Meets the educational criteria for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. (course credits)

Equips OHS professionals with knowledge and skills such as essential business processes and protocols, effective decision-making, leadership, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.

Part-time studies designed to meet the needs of working professionals with courses offered online; daytime and weekend formats.

Classroom knowledge that is immediately applicable to everyday work places.

Gain valuable networking opportunities and widen your circle of professional connections.

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Occupational Health & Safety courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Diploma as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

To be admit­ted into the pro­fes­sion­al diplo­ma pro­gram, you must have an OHS cer­tifi­cate. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s OHS Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram meets the admis­sion required for the Pro­fes­sion­al Diplo­ma in Occu­pa­tion­al Health & Safe­ty pro­gram. OHS cer­tifi­cates from oth­er rec­og­nized post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tions may be accept­ed, though some con­di­tions apply. Please con­tact the UAl­ber­ta OHS pro­gram office (ohs@​ualberta.​ca by email, 7804924149 by phone) to con­firm if your OHS cer­tifi­cate from an out­side insti­tu­tion is eli­gi­ble for admission.

Indi­vid­u­als cours­es, as well as pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment series, may be tak­en for gen­er­al stud­ies and do not require stu­dent to first be admit­ted into the pro­fes­sion­al diplo­ma program.

The require­ments below apply to stu­dents enrolled in the OHS Diploma Program on or after July 1, 2020. If you applied to the OHS Diploma Pro­gram pri­or to July 1, 2020, please refer here for your program requirements.

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety consists of 12 core courses and 131 hours of elective courses.

This program is designed for part-time study and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Most students complete it in 2-3 years (and have a maximum of 8 years to complete).

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the diploma.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

CRSP des­ig­na­tion

Com­ple­tion of this diplo­ma pro­gram meets the for­mal edu­ca­tion require­ments for the Cana­di­an Reg­is­tered Safe­ty Pro­fes­sion­al (CRSP) – view our equiv­a­len­cies chart. The des­ig­na­tion of choice for Cana­di­an OHS pro­fes­sion­als, the CRSP des­ig­na­tion is grant­ed by the Board of Cana­di­an Reg­is­tered Safe­ty Pro­fes­sion­als (BCR­SP).

Simul­ta­ne­ous credit

Elec­tives in the pro­fes­sion­al diplo­ma can be used as cred­it in both the diplo­ma and in a pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment series’ allow­ing stu­dents to receive addi­tion­al, spe­cial­ized recog­ni­tion in Work­place Well­ness Lead­er­ship, Change Man­age­ment, Project Man­age­ment.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
CCOHS Dick Martin Scholarship Award 

Students enrolled either full time or part time in an Occupational Health and Safety-­related course or program

$3,000 annually
Methanex Corporation Award in Occupational Health and Safety 

Students enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety Professional Diploma program who have completed a minimum of six (6) core courses by March 31st can apply.

$750 annually
April 15
Carol Ross Scholarship 

Current students of the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$3,000 annually
OHS Healthy Workplaces Award 

Current students and graduates of the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$1,000 annually
Chad Bradley Scholarship for Women in OHS 

Current students (women) of the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety


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