Occupational Health & Safety – UFred

Northern Training Division
Credential Earned: Training Certificate
Campus: Distance

The School of Occupational Health and Safety programs at the University of Fredericton consist of high quality courses in specialized managerial, professional, technical, and service areas that are created for working professionals.

All mandatory virtual classes can be attended in the evening from anywhere with internet access. Not only do most of our students continue working full time with their current organization: many are able to have their tuition covered by their current employer – an arrangement that often results in advancement during study as a result of new skills.

Many Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) workers are reaching a point in their careers where they find it difficult to communicate effectively with executive leadership. To bridge the gap between field experience and the business of OHS within organizations, professional certification may be the solution. In a discipline as scrutinized as OHS, organizations are relying on qualified health and safety professionals to expertly advise on compliance with evolving provincial and federal regulations.

The most widely recognized professional certification in Canada is the CRSP, which is governed by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). To write the CRSP examination, OHS professionals must satisfy prerequisites, which include a minimum of 900 hours of education. University of Fredericton’s CRSP Pathway not only satisfies this requirement, but effectively empowers OHS professionals to be heard within their industry, earning them “a seat at the table” to merge their abilities with an organization’s business goals.

Funding may be available. Please contact training@northern.on.ca for more information and to determine if you qualify for funding for this program.

Program Information & Registration

Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Systems (COHSES)

The University of Fredericton’s Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Systems (COHSES) program is considered to be a “part of the pathway” to becoming an established Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) professional. Graduates of the program learn how to bridge the gap and effectively communicate their plans at both the worker level and the managerial and executive level.

This entire certificate program consists of self-paced material. Students progress through the program in 8-week terms and will receive guidance and feedback from a Faculty Member.

All courses in University of Fredericton’s COHSES program focus on a process-based approach to Occupational Health and Safety. The curriculum is not limited to a jurisdiction’s legislative framework; rather, it is a far-reaching collection of ‘best practices’ as identified by OHS professionals from a wide range of jurisdictions and legislative backgrounds.

Regulatory bodies are working to standardize how occupational health and safety is practiced in Canada. As the demand for OHS professionals continues to grow, elevated qualifications have been put in place to raise the standard of national OHS practice.

To pursue professional certification, individuals must complement their industry experience with professional development and education. Returning to the classroom is daunting, committing time is a challenge, and choosing a program can be difficult. Most working professionals require flexibility more than anything, and University of Fredericton aims to accommodate that need with accessible, fully-online program delivery.


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Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM)

Designed to provide existing safety practitioners with an academic qualification, SHEM is a fully-online, instructor lead diploma program. Students will find themselves stretched by new critical thinking skills which will bring an enriched professional perspective to their daily practice.

The SHEM diploma program produces graduates that confidently step into practitioner roles, ensuring the workforce is represented by professionals that don’t just bring life experience and motivation, but real, tangible educational credentials and skills. Completion of the SHEM program satisfies a significant requirement for prospective Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) professional certification, mandated by the BCRSP.


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Core Courses


Elective Courses (2 Required)

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