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Get “recession-proof” skills for jobs in industries like construction, manufacturing, and healthcare with our Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Now more than ever, employers need skilled professionals to ensure their workplaces are safe and healthy. Our certificate will help you become an expert in evaluating and managing workplace hazards as well as developing and implementing health and safety programs.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can support your career growth in a range of industries like hospitals/healthcare providers, mining, forestry, construction, transportation and more.

This certificate can lead to a career in roles such as:

  • Health and Safety Assistant
  • OHS Administrator
  • OHS Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Officer

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who need to fulfill an occupational health and safety (OHS) function as part of your current role
  • Individuals looking for a new job/skills that are always in demand
  • Occupational health and safety professionals who are looking for career advancement and to meet the Canadian Registered Safety Professional requirements.

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will able to:

  • Navigate OHS legislation
  • OHS management system basics
  • Writing OHS summary reports
  • Conduct hazard recognition and assessment, and provide solutions for controls
  • Meet the educational requirements to write the Canadian Registered Safety Technician exam
  • Meet the educational requirements to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional exam

After completing this certificate, you must complete the other two certificates (Certificate in Advanced Safety Management and Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership) to meet the educational requirements to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional exam. 

Certificate Requirements

  • 7 required courses
  • 1 elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With six Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is occupational health and safety (OHS)?
OHS is the monitoring of a workplace to try to prevent disease and injury from affecting anyone who works there. Knowing about potential hazards lets OHS professionals take steps to control or eliminate danger.

What is advanced safety management?
Advanced safety management is a specialized area of OHS that involves the study of different theories of how accidents occur, international safety systems, and other knowledge and skills essential for controlling or eliminating workplace hazards.

Where do graduates of the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership find jobs?
OHS professionals are in high demand across many industries. You might land a job in a hospital, a steel mill, a university, an airport, local government, or any other place that values workers’ health and safety.

Is there a particular order in which I should take Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety courses?
You can take courses in any order that suits your interests and schedule. If you’re unfamiliar with the field, however, we suggest you begin with COHS 208 - Occupational Health and Safety Law to learn about the legislation that governs occupational health and safety issues.

Are courses in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership offered online?
Yes. You can complete the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Advanced Safety Management, and the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership entirely online.

Can I get Transfer Credits for courses I’ve taken at other institutions or for work experience?
You can apply for a Transfer Credit if you have taken the same course at another post-secondary institution.

Note: There’s no guarantee your application for Transfer Credits will be accepted.

I am currently registered in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and am interested in eventually pursuing the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership. Is there a recommended elective I should take?
Yes. We recommend you take CMHR 405 - Organizational Behaviour.

I registered for the certificate prior to July 2020, when do my courses run?

The revised OHS certificate no longer includes the following courses (as of July 2020):

  • COHS718
  • CVOH217
  • CVOH221

As a result, these course offerings will be phased out gradually to allow students who registered for the certificate prior to July 2020 to complete their program.

The chart below outlines the next planned offerings for impacted courses, along with the other required courses in the certificate.

Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Required Courses
(For students registered between 2014 and June 2020)
Courses Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Fall 2022
*COHS 718 ? ? ? ? ?
*CVOH 217 ? ? ? ? ?
*CVOH 221   ? ? ? ?
CCMN 114 ? ? ? ? ?
COHS 208 ? ? ? ? ?
COHS 508 ? ? ? ? ?
COHS 608 ? ? ? ?  

*Course is being phased out

? = Course has a planned offering for corresponding term

Please note: course offering dates are subject to change/cancellation based on enrollment

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Client Services.

Email: ce@ryerson.ca

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