Continuing & Professional Education

Occupational Health & Safety

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Courses for everyone 18

  • professionals entering the field
  • construction supervisors
  • production supervisors
  • health officers
  • industrial hygienists
  • occupational health nurses
  • engineering technicians
  • chemical technologists

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

Occupational Hygiene is the science devoted to the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards that may result in illness or injury. This introductory course is designed to provide a basic understanding of some of the key concepts in Occupational Hygiene, including routes of entry of contaminants into the body, classification of hazards, occupational exposure limits, and methods of controlling workplace exposures. In addition, the student will be introduced to methods of evaluation including the development of sampling strategies.

September 13
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Erin Nawrot

September 20
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Greg Hodgson

January 17
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Greg Hodgson

January 24
starts in 3 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Erin Nawrot

As a health and safety practitioner your practice is governed by an array of Federal and Provincial legislation and policy. This course, which is based on current legislation, will guide students through the key elements of the regulatory environment governing workplace safety including: the framework of occupational health and safety in Alberta, organizational obligations, jurisdictional considerations, and an overview of ethical and legal responsibilities as a safety professional.

November 18
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Mark Greene

January 7
starts in 3 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Mark Greene

This introduction to theories and practices of health and safety programs in the workplace includes the recognition, evaluation, and control hazards. You will develop a basic understanding of accident control procedures as you examine the legislations related to accident investigation, work site inspection, accident causation theories, and safe-work procedure development.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

January 10
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

January 13
starts in 3 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Nicole Orr

Effectively developing, managing, and measuring the effectiveness of health and safety systems is a challenge for all health and safety professionals. This course will introduce students to the basic issues and provide tools to make the task easier. This course presents an overview of factors influencing the success of health and safety systems. These factors include understanding organizational "safety culture", understanding effective and efficient management principles, establishing priorities, measuring program success, presenting information effectively, analyzing financial impacts of programs. This course will provide a basic overview of management skills and principles and how they apply to the development of safety systems within an organization or company. Prerequisite: EXOS 4620.

October 21
starts in 25 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Ryan Davis

January 17
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

March 10
starts in 5 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Ryan Davis

Explores the theory and practice of the organization in three major parts: the organizational environment, the organizational structure, and the behaviour of groups and individuals within the organization. Topics include the social role of managers, organizational structure, individual perception, motivation, decision-making and leadership, communication, teamwork and stress in the work place.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Patrick Hartling

September 14
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Nolan Crouse

January 10
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Patrick Hartling

January 13
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Bob Treidler
Psychological health and safety (PH&S) is becoming an integral part of Canadian workplaces as employers begin to recognize its financial, legal, and social benefits. This seminar will provide an understanding of the conceptual framework, the business case, resources, strategic approaches and practical tools available. Managers, HR, and OHS professionals will learn to assess, design and implement effective PH&S strategies. Topics may include psychosocial factors, stress, mental illness, harassment, and bullying in the workplace.
October 28
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

January 24
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

Effective Risk Management, including the ability to communicate risk with the community, is necessary for success in today's business world. Today risk management and communication are often a regulated activity. Learn what is required to implement an effective risk management system; including the tools, people and systems for identification of hazards, evaluating the associated risks, and if acceptable what needs to be done to manage those risks effectively. Human factor issues have been at the root of ~80% of incidents, therefore the course will also focus on these "human factor" issues.

January 10
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Bob Picken

This introductory course examines health and safety hazards and controls in a variety of workplace settings. The focus of the course will be on conducting hazard assessments and identifying potential controls. A variety of topics will be introduced, including include fall protection, confined spaces, excavations, mobile equipment, equipment guarding, control of hazardous energy, electrical safety and hoisting and conveying equipment. Methods to evaluate hazards and determine the risk presented by the hazards will be covered. Engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment control techniques to protect worker safety and health will be emphasized throughout the course. This course is well suited for individuals new to the field of safety and looking for a high level overview of general hazards.

October 14
starts in 18 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Ryan Davis

January 17
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Wil Pulfer

February 24
starts in 4 months
Blended learning (in-person + online).

This course will introduce you to a training development process in which you will learn designing successful workshops, delivering presentations, and evaluating training effectiveness. This course builds upon the topics covered in the core course: Organizational Behaviour.

September 27
starts tomorrow
Online learning, synchronous. With Nicole Orr

March 9
starts in 5 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Nicole Orr

The need to control costs arising from occupational injury or disease has taken a greater priority in today's financial reality. Human rights issues, individual rights, employer responsibilities and other contemporary issues further complicate these concerns. This course is designed to help students understand the relationship of these complex issues and develop a basic strategy for managing disability claims.

January 31
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Erin McFadden

The study of ergonomics will result in reductions of injury and increases in productivity by improving the "fit" between the worker and the work environment. This is achieved by matching the physiological and psychological capabilities of a person to the design of the equipment, tasks to be performed and the total workplace environment. This course will introduce the student to the need for ergonomics, methods for problem identification, solution development and effectiveness evaluation of implemented changes.

August 23
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Donald MacDonald
Being prepared for and responding effectively to emergencies in the workplace is a key activity in the field of occupational health and safety. Learn the fundamentals of what steps and processes are used to develop emergency response plans, as you explore the legal requirements for emergency planning, the key elements required in an emergency plan, and the basics on how to train staff to execute the plan.
October 4
starts in 8 days
Online learning, asynchronous. With Bradley Andres

January 17
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Bradley Andres

Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committees are mandated in many jurisdictions and are considered an essential element of any health and safety management system. This seminar will examine when and why a joint committee should be established, how these committees should be structured and the various tools available to develop short and long term action plans aligned with the operational environment of any organization. The seminar will also explore various methods to assess the effectiveness of jOHS Committees and communicate continuous improvement strategies.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Murray Ritchie

January 17
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Murray Ritchie

Human Rights Legislation and Safety Legislation do not always work harmoniously together. When conflict occurs, one must be careful to achieve the safety objective with a minimal impact to fundamental human rights. This seminar will discuss the major areas of conflict including: pre-employment medical testing and medical information, duty to accommodate disabilities, provision of programs in different languages, drug and alcohol testing, and PPE and religious practices. Also, this seminar will acquaint you with the Human Rights Process and discuss strategies to ensure that you and your company are complying with the legislation.

October 25
starts in 29 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Mark Greene

This seminar will step you through the investigation of "unplanned events." Learn the critical parts of the initial response, securing the area, gathering evidence, interviewing techniques, documentation, role of various stakeholders, reporting formats, etc. Also learn the primary reasons for performing incident investigations.

November 8
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Timothy Reteff

February 7
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Timothy Reteff
Workplace violence and harassment legislation does not simply involve responding to incidents; it also requires an understanding of the hazardous conditions that may lead to violence or harassment and ensuring that such hazards are properly controlled. This seminar will acquaint you with the law surrounding workplace violence and harassment (including the recent changes to the OHS Act and OHS Code) and discuss strategies to ensure that you and your organization are complying with the law.
February 23
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Mark Greene

Accident causation theory is the art and science that seeks to understand the deeper roots of why accidents happen. Understanding accident causation theory is essential in determining why workplace incidents occur and so that we can prevent re-occurrences. Through examples and case studies, students will gain an overview of the most important theories, strengths and weaknesses of each, and learn how to select the best theories and models to better understand why accidents occur.

November 15
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Rebbitt

March 7
starts in 5 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Rebbitt
As a diverse workforce becomes increasingly prevalent in Canadian organizations, the traditional one-size-fits-all safety management is no longer sufficient. Diversity can create challenges in health and safety due to different experiences, biases, training, and attitudes. This seminar will help students recognize various diversity-related challenges and explore strategies to address them, such as effective training, protective measures, and safety communications.
October 14
starts in 18 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Nicole Orr

February 3
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Nicole Orr

  • 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.
  • Additional course materials for online, blended, and web-enhanced courses will be available in eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool, at no extra charge.

Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
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.

$250+
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
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

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
January
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
May
Carol Ross Scholarship 

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

$3,000 annually
July
Health And Safety Conference Society Of Alberta (HSCSA) 

Graduates of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program

Up to $500 annually
N/A
Gary Wagar Scholarship 

Students who have completed the NCSO designation to use toward their Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program

$500 annually
February
CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program 

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

$200-500 annually
April
CSSE OHSE Bursary Program 

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

$500
December
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
August
                                                                                                                                               

This pro­gram had some of the best instruc­tors I’ve ever had.

Occupational Health & Safety Certificate student

The teach­ers were excel­lent and very helpful.

Occu­pa­tion­al Health & Safe­ty Certificate
student

The pro­gram is extreme­ly well pre­sent­ed and the instruc­tors are great. The inter­ac­tion with oth­er stu­dents also helped me expand my under­stand­ing of OHS in oth­er industries.

Occupational Health & Safety Certificate student

All instruc­tors were extreme­ly well versed in their fields. But one of them — a senior lawyer with the Alber­ta Gov­ern­ment who taught a course on OHS law — was incred­i­bly impressive.

Occu­pa­tion­al Health & Safe­ty Certificate student

Because the instruc­tors actu­al­ly work in the real world,” they can take their expe­ri­ences and make them relat­able to the course mate­ri­als. That helped me learn immensely.

Occupational Health & Safety Certificate student

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