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Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

Certificate

Program Overview

Employers across the country, from natural resource companies to hospitals, schools to restaurants, office-based businesses to retailers, must conform to Occupational Health and Safety legislation. As legislation and standards become more multifaceted, demand for qualified occupational health and safety practitioners grows.

Explore the career possibilities of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner certificate program. Our graduates work in a wide variety of industries and government departments, advising employers on critical OHS issues.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner certificate program is offered through distance education. The program is a great fit if you’re looking to enter the OHS profession, already working in OHS and want to expand your career opportunities, graduated from the applied certificate program and want to further your knowledge, or you are preparing to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam and are looking to expand your knowledge in areas you have limited experience in.

You’ll develop skills you can use to help employers develop, implement and evaluate OHS systems. The program provides knowledge relevant to all workplaces:

  • accident causation, analysis and investigation
  • auditing safety management systems
  • communication strategies
  • disability management
  • OHS programming
  • organizational behaviour and leadership
  • risk analysis and hazard control

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner certificate program is approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP). 

Flexible Learning Options

The certificate program consists of 14 theory-based courses, three “Train the Trainer” electives (students are required to complete 2 of 3) and a unique 36-hour practicum. 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. 

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Note: For current information regarding Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) options, please contact the program head at this time: nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Occupational health and safety practitioners provide injury and disease prevention expertise in a wide variety of workplaces. You could be part of a multidisciplinary team working on environmental or wellness initiatives, disability management, regulatory compliance and more.

Explore career opportunities in federal, provincial or municipal government, in health care or educational institutions, with oil & gas companies, manufacturers, transportation firms, utilities, trades, construction and safety associations.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Occupational Health and Safety OfficerInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263)$36,100 - $91,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September and January

Length: 1.5 to 3 years to complete 

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.

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • You must apply to and be accepted into the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner 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.

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 for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

Not applicable at this time

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.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

For information about tuition and fees, contact the program.

Courses

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Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
EDUC 182
Principles and Practices of Adult Learning
3
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
HLTH 180
Risk Analysis and Hazard Control
3
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
HLTH 181
Occupational Health and Safety Programming
3
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
HLTH 187
Disability Management
4
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You will be introduced to disability management as a key essential component of an occupational health and safety program. Disability management starts at the time of illness or injury and continues until the individual has recovered and returned to work. In this course, you will acquire knowledge and skill to develop and implement a disability management program including Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) claims information and return to work plans.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
HLTH 188
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1
3
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You will be introduced to the basic principles of industrial hygiene, sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene. You will be prepared to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards. Specific topics include occupational contamination, chemical, biological and radiation hazards, occupational disease and injuries.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
HLTH 189
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2
3
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You will learn to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control noise, thermal, ergonomics, and respiratory hazards. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with sampling techniques and equipment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
HLTH 190
Incident Causation, Analysis and Investigation
4
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You will be introduced to accident/incident investigation, which is a critical tool in preventing accident reoccurrence and worker injury and illness in the realm of occupational health and safety. You will study investigation theories and procedures and by the end of the course, you will be able to put these procedures into practice enhancing your role as a safety professional.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
HLTH 191
Ergonomics
3
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You will focus on the principles of ergonomics to examine the ergonomic factors that impact the human body. You will investigate the relationship between the human body and machines and review basic computer and industrial settings. You will further explore ergonomic programming, training and communication strategies to complete basic ergonomic assessments in your workplace.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
MGMT 191
Organizational Behaviour and Leadership
5
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Your studies will focus on how to best assist employers and their workers through changes and challenges in the realm of occupational health and safety. You will also focus on improving your personal leadership qualities to assist you in recognizing how principles of organizational behavior and leadership style can be used to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses in any occupational health and safety management system.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
PCOM 180
Communication Strategies
3
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
PRAC 189
Practicum
2
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum
SFTY 171
Auditing Safety Management System
4
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Your studies will focus on both internal and external audit processes from initial planning through to completion. The course will include an overview of why auditing is needed. Specific topics covered include audit criteria, steps for planning and conducting the audit, as well as reporting and follow-up on corrective actions. A variety of audit strategies will be used throughout the course to enhance your learning.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 189, HLTH 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
SFTY 191
Safety Systems
3
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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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
SFTY 198
Contractor Safety Systems
3
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Your studies will focus on safety systems and their relationship to contractors. Most organizations require contractor services at some point in time, and you will explore how to manage these contractors and sub contractors within your safety management system. Specific topics covered include legislated roles and responsibilities of employers, contractors and supervisors; requirements for a safety management system; and Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) relationship with contractors.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
SFTY 199
Fire Prevention and Protection
4
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Your studies will focus on applying current concepts, principles, and practices involved in the evaluation, control, prevention, reduction, and elimination of fire hazards, resulting in the protection of workers and workplaces. Specific topics include the chemistry of fire, causes of fire, fire detection and suppression systems, legislated codes and regulations, emergency preparedness plans, and stakeholder responsibilities.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online

Electives (Must take 2)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HLTH 192
Respiratory Fit Testing Train the Trainer
1
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You will examine the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z94.4-11 standard and Saskatchewan legislation related to respiratory fit testing. You will examine the implementation of the standard in the workplace by occupational health and safety practitioners. You will also have an opportunity to practice both qualitative and quantitative fit testing. You will be trained as a respiratory fit tester and be able to fit test other employees at your worksite. This course does not cover respirators required for Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) or oxygen deficient atmospheres.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TRAN 181
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Train the Trainer
1
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Your studies will focus on the preparation required to educate workers on the basic requirements for road transport. You will learn about the requirements for transporting and handling dangerous goods. Specific topics include legislative requirements, classification criteria, shipping documentation process, required signage, exemptions, and spill reporting requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WHMS 184
Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHMIS) Train the Trainer
1
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Your studies will focus on the preparation required to successfully facilitate in-house workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) sessions for front line workers. You will learn about relevant legislation including requirements of worker training, controlled product classification, and required documentation and labeling. You will also develop skills to design specific workplace training sessions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
Note: You may take the following courses before applying to the program: HLTH 188, HLTH 191, HLTH 192, TRAN 181, and WHMS 184.

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.

 

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