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