Continuing & Professional Education

in Occupational Health & Safety

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All 22 courses are part-time and also open to current practitioners
Program enrolment is optional – register without applying

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  • health and safety professionals
  • health inspectors
  • safety inspectors

Being a stu­dent in the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion OH&S pro­gram was a very pos­i­tive and reward­ing expe­ri­ence that helped me with my career.”

Expo­sure to dif­fer­ent areas in the OH&S field helped Ian in his role as Health and Safe­ty strategist

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.

NEW: Impor­tant Updates to the Program

Effec­tive July 1, 2020, updates are being made to our OHS diplo­ma pro­gram require­ments. These updates include increas­ing core course require­ments while reduc­ing required elec­tive hours, which in turn may reduce the over­all com­ple­tion time for the program.

The new pro­gram struc­ture con­tin­ues to align seam­less­ly with the Board of Cana­di­an Reg­is­tered Safe­ty Pro­fes­sion­als’ CRSP accred­i­ta­tion require­ments, meet­ing employ­er needs and help­ing our grad­u­ates 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.

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 and downtown Edmonton; in daytime, evening, weekend formats.

Classroom knowledge that is immediately applicable to everyday work places.

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

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

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You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program. 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, 7804923037 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.

CRSP des­ig­na­tion

Com­ple­tion of this diplo­ma pro­gram meets the for­mal edu­ca­tion require­ments for the Cana­di­an Reg­is­tered Safe­ty Pro­fes­sion­al (CRSP). 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.

The requirements below apply to students enrolled on and after July 1, 2020. If you entered the OHS Diploma program prior to July 1, 2020, please refer to the requirements that apply to your credential.

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 (3.5 or higher earns a diploma with distinction).

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.

  • 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.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
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
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

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
OHS Healthy Workplaces Award 

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

$3,000­ annually

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