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Occupational Health and Safety Program Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated May, 2017

Questions and answers for the Occupational Health and Safety certificate.

Looking to register for a course?

Visit Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner continuing education page for the list of courses, start dates, costs and course registration numbers (required to register).

Please note that the program will be implementing changes for the 2017-18 academic year beginning July 1st, 2017. Information regarding the changes are noted throughout the FAQ file and will be continually updated online through the School of Human Services and Community Safety – Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner – FAQ file.

Students of the Occupational Health and Safety program who have completed a course within the applied certificate or certificate program prior to June 30th, 2017 see below. For more information on the updated program, see our revised Occupational Health and Safety certificate page, or contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head, at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.

  1. Employers across the country, from natural resource companies to hospitals, schools to manufactures, office-based businesses to retailers, all must conform to Occupational Health and Safety legislation. As legislation and standards become more multifaceted, demand for qualified Occupational Health and Safety professionals grows.
  2. Occupational Health and Safety is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS program, you will have the skills necessary to provide knowledgeable advice that employers rely on to develop, implement and evaluate safety management systems.
  3. The program is a great fit if you're looking to enter the Occupational Health and Safety profession, already working in Occupational Health and Safety and want to expand your career opportunities, or are considering or preparing to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam and are looking to expand your knowledge.
  4. Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety certificate offers flexible learning options with program delivery available on campus in Saskatoon, SK and through distance education for students across Canada.
  5. The Occupational Health and Safety certificate program is recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals as meeting necessary academic eligibility requirements.
  1. The program consists of 14 theory-based courses, a 2 week practicum and 3 electives (must complete 1 of 3 electives).
  2. Total program course hours and credit units available
    1. 938 course hours
    2.  62 credit units
  3. Total program course hours and credit units to complete
    1. 902 course hours
    2. 60 credit units

Course Code

Course Title

Course Hours

Credit Units

SFTY 177

Auditing Safety Management

45

3

SFTY 198

Contractor Safety Management

45

3

HLTH 187

Disability Management

60

4

SFTY 174

Emergency Management

60

4

HLTH 191

Ergonomics

60

4

SFTY 199

Fire Prevention and Protection

60

4

HLTH 179

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1

60

4

HLTH 189

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2

60

4

HLTH 190

Incident Investigation

60

4

LAW 100

Law and Ethics

60

4

MGMT 191

Organizational Behaviour

60

4

PRAC 189

Practicum (2 weeks)

80

5

HUMR 102

Professional Education and Career Planning

60

4

HLTH 192

Respiratory Test/Train Trainer (elective)

16

1

SFTY 173

Risk Management

60

4

SFTY 175

Safety Program Management

60

4

TRAN 181

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Train the Trainer (elective)

16

1

WHMS 184

WHMIS Train the Trainer (elective)

16

1

  1. On campus (Saskatoon SK)
    1. The program is offered from September – June for a total of 39 weeks.
  2. Online
    1. Courses have definite start and end dates with each course.
    2. Start dates are in September, January and April of each academic year.
  3. For a full list of courses including dates, costs, location and course registration numbers (CRN) visit OHS courses.

 

  1. As part Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Occupational Health and Safety certificate program, students are required to complete a two week / 80 hour practicum with an OH&S professional who has or reports directly to someone with a minimum of 5 years’ OH&S experience or holds a CRSP designation.
  2. Whileonsitestudents,under the guidance of their assigned OH&S professional, will participate in activities such as inspections, auditing, training, reviewing programs and policies, preparing and conducting a 10 minutes presentation, and much more.
  3. Prior to registering for PRAC 189 students are required to contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.

 

  1. On Campus
    1. 39 weeks (September – June)
  2. Online
    1. 2 years (approximate)
    2. Students have 4 years to complete the program.
  1. Yes, the following courses are open to the public for registration:
    1. HLTH 179 – Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1
    2. HLTH 191 – Ergonomics
    3. HLTH 192 - Respiratory Fit Test Trainer
    4. SFTY 198 – Contractor Safety Systems
    5. SFTY 199 – Fire Prevention and Protection
    6. TRAN 181 – TDG Train the Trainer
    7. WHMS 184 – WHMIS Train the Train
  1. Submitan Application Admission form and an application fee (non-refundable), and applicable documentation/transcripts to Registration Services.
  2. For forms call 1-866-467-4278 or print from Admissions

 

  1. Yes, those applying must have obtained Grade 12 or GED equivalent and English Language Requirements.
  2. To learn more visit Admission Requirements
  3. Desirable skills include good computer skills (typing, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint), strong organization and problem solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills and a passion for preventing workplace injury.
  1. Students can obtain transfer credit if 80% of a similar postsecondary courses taken within the last five (5) years.
  2. To learn more about Transfer Credits visit Transfer Credits or contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head by phone at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca

 

  1. Yes the Certificate program offers credit based on previous experience through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Availability (PLAR).
  2. To learn more about PLAR visit the Occupational Health and Safety program page.
  3. If you have success experience as an Occupational Health and Safety professional please contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head by phone at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca
  1. Congratulations! Your first step is to decide which classes you will take first and then register
  2. To view the course listing and co / pre requisites go to OHS courses.
  3. Course registration opens June 1st for the upcoming academic year.
  4. Please note you must be accepted into the program prior to registering for courses, with the exception of those open to the public.
  1. On-campus
    1. The class schedule will dictate the order of classes through the 39 week program and will be provided to students by the Occupational Health and Safety Program.
    2. Courses will begin the first Tuesday following September Labour Day long weekend.
  2. Distance
  3. Students are allowed to participate in any course with exception of those with yet to be completed co and / or pre requisites.
  1. Yes all courses have a registration deadline.
    1. Practicum – 6 weeks prior to the start date
    2. Electives – 1 week prior to the start date
    3. Theory-based courses accept registration until the end of the day of the first day of the course
  2. Please note all courses have a seating capacity (online included).
    1. Should a course you wish to register for be full you can request to go onto a waitlist.
  1. If you are being sponsored for a class, the sponsoring agency must send a letter specifying your personal information, the specific class you are registering for, and whether they are paying for tuition and books or just tuition. Another option is to complete the Continuing Education Course Student Registration Form which includes a second page for sponsorship.
  2. **Please note**
    1. If the sponsorship form states the specific class you are registering in for the semester, you do not need to call to register; that will be done automatically. You must contact the bookstore for your course material.
    2. If the sponsorship form covers sponsorship for the program as a whole (e.g. OHS Certificate program), you must call to register for classes. You must also contact the bookstore for your course material.
  1.         To be eligible for a part time student loan, your course load percentage must be between 20 – 60% of a full course load.
  2. To be eligible for a full time student loan, your course load percentage must be over 60% of a full course load.
  3. When takingclasses through distance learning these percentages are difficult to achieve but you may be eligible for a part time student loan dependent on the amount of classes you are able to take in a semester.
  4. Your first step is to determine which classes you would be taking and contact Registration Services to do a course load calculation for you.
  1. Books and related course materials are available through Saskatchewan Polytechnic bookstores.
  2. You can order online or by calling 1-866-569-8398
    1. You must provide the corresponding Course Registration Number (CRN) and the course code (e.g. PCOM 180) of the class you wish to purchase books for.

 

 

The following is for students enrolled and having completed courses in the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate or certificate program prior to July 1st, 2017

  1. The name of the program will change from the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program to the Occupational Health and Safety program effective July 1st, 2017.
  2. The applied certificate program will be suspended effective June 30th, 2017.
    1. You have the option to transfer to the Certificate program. To do so please contact Registration Service Representative, Nichole Bold at 306-659-4821.
  3. As a student of the certificate program you will transfer into the new certificate program.
    1. Yes, however there is no action required on your behalf.
  4. Will any of my current Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner courses transfer to the new program?
    1. Yes however there is no action required on your behalf. Please contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca if you have any questions.

 

2016-17 Certificate

2017-18 Certificate

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

SFTY 177

Auditing Safety Management

SFTY 177

Auditing Safety Management

SFTY 198

Contractor Safety Systems

SFTY 198

Contractor Safety Management

HLTH 187

Disability Management

HLTH 187

Disability Management

N/A

SFTY 174

Emergency Management

HLTH 191

Ergonomics

HLTH 191

Ergonomics

SFTY 199

Fire Prevention and Protection

SFTY 199

Fire Prevention and Protection

HLTH188

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1

HLTH 179

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1

HLTH 189

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2

HLTH 189

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2

HLTH 190

Incident Causation, Analysis and Investigation

HLTH 190

Incident Investigation

SFTY 191

Safety Systems

LAW 100

Law and Ethics

MGMT 191

Organizational Behaviour

MGMT 191

Organizational Behaviour

PRAC 189

Practicum (1 week)

PRAC 189

Practicum (2 weeks)

EDUC 182

Principles and Practices of Adult Education

HUMR 102

Professional Education and Career Planning

PCOM 180  

Communication Strategies

HLTH 192

Respiratory Fit Test Trainer (elective)

HLTH 192

Respiratory Fit Test Trainer (elective)

HLTH 180

Risk Analysis and Hazard Control

SFTY 173

Risk Management

HLTH 181

Occupational Health and Safety Programming

SFTY 175

Safety Program Management

TRAN 181

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Train the Trainer (elective)

TRAN 181

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Train the Trainer (elective)

WHMS 184

WHMIS Train the Trainer (elective)

WHMS 184

WHMIS Train the Trainer (elective)

 

For more information, contact:

Nolan Horbach, CRSP CES
Program Head
CPR/First Aid & Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner
School of Human Services and Community Safety
Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Saskatoon
306-659-4083
nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca

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