Continuing & Professional Education

Occupational Health & Safety

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Courses for everyone 15

  • 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.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

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.

April 22
starts in 5 days
Online learning, synchronous. 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.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

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.

April 8
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Susan Sawatzky

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.

April 2
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Patrick Hartling
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.
May 2
starts in 15 days
Online learning, synchronous. 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.

April 2
already started
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.

April 8
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Wil Pulfer

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.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

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.

April 15
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Karen Poole

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.

April 15
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.
April 29
starts in 12 days
Online learning, asynchronous. With Sandra Coventry

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.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

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.

July 2
starts in 2 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.
June 4
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Mark Greene

  • 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.
  • 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
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
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any graduate of the University of Alberta

Up to $500 anually
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 Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$1,000 annually
Carol Ross Scholarship 

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

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

Graduates of the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program

Up to $500 annually
Gary Wagar Scholarship 

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

$500 annually
CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program 

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

$200-500 annually
CSSE OHSE Bursary Program 

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

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


The teach­ers were excel­lent and very helpful.

Occu­pa­tion­al Health & Safe­ty Certificate

The instruc­tion is great but, to be hon­est, I also enjoyed learn­ing from oth­er stu­dents. I haven’t worked in the indus­try yet, so hear­ing from class­mates on their chal­lenges or suc­cess­es was cru­cial for me to oper­a­tional­ize what we were learn­ing in a real-world environment.

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

Great instruc­tors, good pro­gram lay­out, and flex­i­ble learn­ing options.

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

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