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.
Occupational health and safety practitioners are on the front line of health promotion and injury prevention. It’s a career that fits self-directed individuals who want to make a difference—on the job and in the community.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program can open the door to career opportunities in federal, provincial or municipal government, in health care, education, natural resources, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, trades, construction, safety and more.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program is offered at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon and through distance education. The program is designed for individuals looking for an entry-level position in OHS, for those with industry experience who want to expand their career opportunities, and for those preparing to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam. The program will provide foundational knowledge and skills in:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program is approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP). We offer the only OHS education programs in Saskatchewan—we’re also the only OHS education programs in Canada to offer Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
The applied certificate program consists of 5 theory-based courses and a unique 36-hour practicum with an OHS professional. The practicum gives you a hands-on, week-long look at the day-to-day operations of a workplace, its safety management system and the role of OHS professionals. You’ll also have an opportunity to job shadow OHS professionals.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.
Occupational Health and Safety is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program graduate, you’ll have the skills you need for entry level positions with federal, provincial and municipal governments, mining and milling companies, oil and gas companies, health-care facilities, educational institutions, trades, construction and safety associations.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic's campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
For individual course availability and costs, check the continuing education offerings for this program.
One year post-secondary studies
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.
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.
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:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.