Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner (Applied Certificate)

Applied Certificate

Program Overview

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus
  • Distance Learning options available
Length: 13 weeks (on campus); 1 to 2 years (online)

The program must be completed within 5 years. Students must take at least one course per academic year to be considered ongoing in the program. The program also includes a 36-hour practicum. Note: Certificate courses may be taken prior Applied Certificate courses.

Our Program

Every employer must meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. There is a demand for qualified and experienced occupational health and safety practitioners in every industry because employers are building their occupational health and safety (OHS) teams. The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program offers two credential options: an applied certificate for those wanting to enter the field and a certificate for practitioners who want a more advanced level of education and qualifications for a career in occupational health and safety.

Apply to the applied certificate program if you: 

  • want an entry-level position in OHS
  • have industry experience and want to add OHS to your credentials
  • work as an OHS practitioner and require one year post-secondary education to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam to become a professional
  • are a member of a working group and want to know more about OHS
  • want to work in an OHS department along with other OHS professionals (specialists, coordinators)


Apply for the certificate program if you:

  • are a graduate of the applied certificate and want to further your education
  • have industry experience and want to add OHS to your credentials
  • want to prepare to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam
  • work in a one-person OHS department
  • want a higher level position in an OHS department, as an officer, superintendent, manager or supervisor

Students in our Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program learn the skills needed to provide knowledgeable advice that employers need to develop, implement and evaluate company safety management systems. They also learn how to create effective teams, communicate effectively and coach employees to work safely. When you add an OHS certificate and the CRSP designation to your current education and experience you have an added advantage as a job seeker. Graduates are also encouraged to take additional safety training courses throughout their careers, so that they can stay current in the field and gear their education to employer job postings.

Flexible Learning Options

The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program is offered both full-time and part-time. The full-time program is 13 weeks, including a one-week practicum, and is offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . The part-time program is offered online and can be completed within two or three years.

Did you know?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner programs are the only OH&S education programs in Saskatchewan, and the only OHS training in Canada that offers Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

How does it fit?

If you are a self-directed individual with strong communication and change management skills, and enjoy working as part of a team with team-building skills, OHS could be a good career fit. OHS practitioners also need strong organizational capabilities, keen observational skills, a knack for multi-tasking and the ability to routinely handle large volumes of information.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Your Career

OH&S is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program graduate, you will have the OH&S skills you need for an entry level position in many industries including federal, provincial and municipal governments; mining and milling companies; oil and gas companies; health care facilities; educational institutions; and trades, construction and safety associations.

Occupational health and safety practitioners are frequently part of teams working on environmental and wellness initiatives and disability management, and can explore career opportunities with regulatory agencies and consulting companies in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September (full-time on-campus); September, January and/or March (online and print)

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.



For individual course availability and costs, check the continuing education offerings for this program.


Admission Requirements


  • You must apply to and be accepted into the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program before you can register for a course. We highly recommend that you apply to the program at least two months prior to the start date of any course you wish to register in, to allow enough time for processing and acceptance before the course begins.
  • Applicants with one year post-secondary education from a recognized educational institution and applicants with journeyperson certification in any trade will be considered to have met the admission requirements.
  • Current Standard First Aid, CPR HeartSaver " A" AED, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods certificates are required prior to starting your practicum.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 80 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • selected course credits toward various programs at the University of Alberta and Ryerson University
  • the Board of Certified Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) recognizes our applied certificate as equivalent to one year post-secondary education, which satisfies one of their examination eligibility criteria


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EDUC 182
Principles and Practices of Adult Learning
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Using the principles of adult learning, your studies will focus on the characteristics of adult learners and approaches to use while educating them in occupational health and safety concepts. Developing a professional portfolio will support you in creating a personal continuing education plan for occupational health and safety.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 218
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
HLTH 180
Risk Analysis and Hazard Control
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Organizational culture and behaviour directly impact the effectiveness of an occupational health and safety system. Your studies will focus on corporate culture, organization behaviour, risk analysis and hazard identification. Critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, monitoring strategies and control recommendations will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 191
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
HLTH 181
Occupational Health and Safety Programming
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You will learn to develop an organizational health and safety program and manual. Opportunity to practice evaluating, revising and implementing guidelines and programs will enhance your ability to determine prevention strategies and corrective action plans.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 180, EDUC 182
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
PCOM 180
Communication Strategies
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You will examine interpersonal communication theory and its application in the workplace including conflict resolution, teamwork and positive political skills. You will develop research and report-writing skills as well as practice conducting a meeting and resolving conflict.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 289, NEPS 114
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
PRAC 189
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You will preceptor with an occupational health and safety professional. This experience will allow you to apply the theory and skills you learned in previous courses in a work environment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Prerequisites(s): EDUC 182, HLTH 180, PCOM 180
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum
SFTY 191
Safety Systems
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Your studies will focus on an overview of occupational health and safety systems. You will examine societal and organizational aspects, core principles, essential elements and a variety of legislation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory


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