Occupational Health and Safety Program Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: February 2, 2023

Questions and answers for the Occupational Health and Safety certificate.

Looking to register for a course?

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

Students studying through distance are encouraged to contact Nolan Horbach, program head, at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca before prior to starting the program for course load and scheduling support.

  1. Employers across the country, from natural resource companies to hospitals, schools to manufacturers, 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 an excellent fit if you're looking to enter the Occupational Health and Safety profession, are 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) or Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) exam and are looking to expand your knowledge.
  4. Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety certificate offer 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. 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 July, September, October, January and March of each academic year.
  3. For a complete list of courses including dates, costs, location and course registration numbers (CRN) visit OHS courses.
  1. The program consists of 14 theory-based courses, a 2-week practicum and five electives (must complete one of five).
  2. Total program course hours and credit units available
    1. 998 course hours
    2.  66 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

SFTY 173

Risk Management

60

4

SFTY 175

Safety Program Management

60

4

Electives: Students must complete one elective

Course Code Course Title Course Hours Credit Units
HLTH 105 Fatigue Management 30 2
HLTH 106 Psychological Health and Safety 30 2
HLTH 192 Respiratory Test/Train Trainer 16 1
TRAN 181 Transportation of Dangerous Goods Train the Trainer 16 1
WHMS 184 WHMIS Train the Trainer 16 1

Yes, many of our courses have prerequisites that must be completed before participating in other courses.

For course load and scheduling support please contact the Nolan Horbach, program head at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.

  1. As part of 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 of OH&S experience or holds a CRSP designation.
  2. While onsite, students,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-minute presentation, and much more.
  3. Before registering for PRAC 189, 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. One to two years (approximate and dependent on a student's availability)
    2. Students have four years to complete the program.
  1. Yes, courses are open to the public for registration.
  2. Enrolment is required before participating in the practicum if you wish to receive a certificate of completion.
  1. Submit an Application Admission form, 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. 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 similar post-secondary course has been 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 experience as an Occupational Health and Safety practitioner, 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/prerequisites go to OHS courses.
    1. Course registration opens June 1 for the upcoming academic year.

On-campus

  • 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.
  • Courses will begin the first Tuesday following September Labour Day long weekend.

Distance

  • While students are allowed to participate in as many courses as they wish, except those with prerequisites that have yet to be completed, there are a few courses we highly recommend students look to begin their studies with.
    • LAW 100 Law and Ethics 
    • SFTY 173 Risk Management
    • HUMR 102 Professional Education and Career Planning
  • For course load and scheduling support, please get in touch with Nolan Horbach, program head at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.
  1. Yes, all courses have a registration deadline.
    1. Practicum – Eight weeks before the start date
    2. Electives – Seven to 10 days before the start date
    3. Theory-based courses accept registration until the end of the first week.
  2. Please note that 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 (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 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.  These percentages can be difficult to achieve when taking classes through distance learning. Still, you may be eligible for a part-time student loan depending on the number of classes you can take in a semester.
  4. Your first step is determining which classes you would take and contacting Registration Services to do a course load calculation.
  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., SFTY 199) of the class you wish to purchase books.

 

 

For more information, contact:

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

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