Online Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

 Taught by professionals in the field, UNB’s Occupational Health & Safety Certificate focuses on equipping learners with practical process skills, rather than technical content alone. COHS graduates are better able to assess risk and practice loss management.

The Certificate is designed to meet different needs. Current OHS practitioners may take the COHS program to add to their OHS credentials.  Many people looking for a career change take the COHS program to gain entry to the OHS field. The Certificate is also designed to prepare students to write the exam to become a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) as granted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). The program closely follows the nine domains covered in the CRSP certification exam blueprint.

Who should attend?

UNB's Online Certificate is designed to help practitioners from different backgrounds develop the broad base of competencies needed to be effective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of occupational health and safety programs and systems.

Unique Online Format

The Certificate is available in a completely online, self-paced learning format that fits your schedule. When you enroll in the Certificate, you can rest assured that UNB staff will be there to meet your unique needs. Please click on any of the links on this page to view information about this program, pricing, request more information or to apply. Prior OHS (and former CHSEP) courses are completely transferable.

Benefits of the Certificate Program

  • Gain solid knowledge and practical skills related to current OHS&E practices
  • Upon completion of the OHS, certificate holders will meet the formal education requirements for certification by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. OHS&E employment and experience requirements must also be met in order to be eligible for certification.
  • UNB’s program is fully online, which provides no restrictions to where you learn and no associated travel costs.
  • UNB’s program has been developed and is instructed by certified and experienced health and safety professionals.
  • The UNB program is self-paced so you learn at your own speed.
  • Instructional guidance is available with the click of a mouse.

Fees and Schedule

The program can be taken one course at a time, at a cost of $595 per course; students have ten weeks to complete each course.  Students can also register into the entire certificate, at a cost of $6,545 for all eleven courses; and have up to two years to complete the certificate.

Description of Courses

The program is presented in a series of eleven courses, categorized into three clusters (see below).

1. Fundamentals cluster

COHS 3110    Health and Safety Program Basics

This course provides an introduction to health and safety program development. It includes a presentation and overview of the main elements required and the factors influencing the success of health and safety.

COHS 3120    Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene

Occupational Hygiene is the art and science of the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards that may result in illness, disease or injury. This introductory course is designed to overview the fundamental concepts of Occupational Hygiene, including types of hazardous exposures, chemical routes of entry to the body, likely health effects of hazardous exposures and mechanisms of controlling workplace exposures.

COHS 3130    Legislative Compliance and Corporate Responsibility

The work of health and safety practitioners is guided partly by jurisdictional legislative frameworks. This course will guide you through the key elements of Canadian Federal, Provincial and Territorial legislation, regulations and policy related to workplace safety. Learners will compare and contrast OHS laws in several jurisdictions in Canada, and in other parts of the world.

2. Management and leadership cluster

COHS 3210    Management of Health and Safety Systems

Sound health and safety systems management requires understanding of management principles used in health and safety programs and how those principles related to the program's effectiveness and efficiently. This course builds on the concepts presented in the health and safety basics course (COHS 3110). Students will gain a deeper understanding of the legal, moral, and financial benefits derived from maintaining a workplace program that delivers health and safety excellence, and will explore several models of systematic health and safety program management.

COHS 3220    Management, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

Health and safety professionals often work within complex workplace structures providing a specialized technical support to their employers. Successful health and safety leaders understand corporate organization and function, and are able to incorporate that understanding into the recommendations they provide to corporate leadership for approval. This course provides an introduction to corporate leadership and organization and helps learners to understand the structure and organization of their own workplaces so that they can make more focused and valued contribution to health and safety program design and management.

COHS 3230    Risk Management and Risk Communication

Risk management and risk communication are fundamental skills critical to the success of every health and safety practitioner. Understanding the elements of risk management, and being able to communicate effectively and systematically about risk are expertise areas of increasing importance in contemporary health and safety program management. This course will provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and implement an effective risk management system.

3. Specializations cluster

COHS 3310    Accident Causation Theory and Incident Investigation

Accident causation theory provides a systematic approach to the analysis of workplace accidents, to identify all potential root causes and to establish the links between workplace accidents and norms in workplace practice. It is an essential discipline that allows health and safety professionals to determine why workplace incidents occur, so that attention and energy can be applied to correcting deficiencies and preventing re-occurrences. This course considers the approaches and frameworks used to investigate accidents within a business management system context, and provides the learner with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to investigate workplace accidents effectively.

COHS 3320    Fundamentals of Environmental Management

Environmental management is critical to workers, organizations, and the environment itself, and is commonly a dimension of the health and safety practitioner's role. This course provides an introduction to the complex discipline of environmental management. Learners will be familiarized with the systems of identification, evaluation and communication of issues related to environmental conditions in the workplace, and globally, and with the planning and implementation of strategies intended to mitigate environmental harm.

COHS 3330    Fire Prevention and Protection

Fires are a major cause of property damage and loss of life. In this course learners will develop an understanding of chemistry of fire, the causes of fire, current methods of fire prevention and protection. The concepts of fire hazard evaluation, control, prevention, reduction, and elimination of fire hazards are reinforced. A major focus in this course is the concept of Life Safety as it relates to fires and the control of damage and loss of life from fires in the workplace.

COHS 3340    Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of workers' interaction with their workplace. Good ergonomic management will result in reduction of injuries and increases in productivity in workplaces. Health and safety professionals must have the ability to recognize potential ergonomic hazards and systematically reduce them. This course will provide an introduction to the complex discipline of ergonomics, and explain the need for and processes associated with ergonomic hazard assessment, solution development and solution evaluation after implementation.

COHS 3410    Auditing OHS Management Systems

This course is designed to provide students with an intensive overview of the theory and practice of performing occupational health and safety audits. The course provides a real emphasis on the importance of auditing to the continuous improvement process of occupational health and safety programs. The course reviews the fundamental principles of auditing and describes the audit process itself in detail. The features of several different audit instruments are identified, along with considerations for best application in diverse types of occupational environments. Relevant OHSE case studies and examples are referenced throughout. By course end, students should have a strong understanding of contemporary OHSE auditing practice, and should be ready to begin applying auditing principles within workplaces.