U of A Occupational Health & Safety

Who should take this program?

Red Deer College is pleased to offer the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program in collaboration with the University of Alberta. Concern for health and safety in the workplace is increasing among workers and employers across all industries and society in general. This part-time certificate program is designed to help practitioners from many different backgrounds develop the competencies needed to be effective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health and safety programs and systems in a wide variety of occupational settings.

What’s in it for YOU?

Acting as an advocate for workers in a managerial role, you will play a major part in the development and application of:

  • Accident investigations
  • Risk assessments
  • Loss prevention
  • Safety training programs for workers

In addition, this program helps prepare you for registration as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) as granted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).

    What you need to know:

    To earn this U of A certificate, you must successfully complete 6 core courses, 2 elective courses, and 35 hours of enrichment courses. Complete the entire program at RDC over 2 - 3 years or transfer your courses and complete your certificate at the U of A at any time. All courses are available for students to take as stand-alone courses. Take one course, or work on the entire certificate at your own pace!

    Please note: This program is regulated by the U of A and therefore prior learning assessments are determined by the U of A. For more detailed information, please visit U of A's O H & S website.

    Required Core Courses (39 hours each)   Enrichment Courses (35 hours total required)
    • Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene 
    • Health & Safety Law
    • Introduction to Health and Safety Systems
    • Management of Health and Safety Systems (Prerequisite: Introduction to Health and Safety Systems)
    • Safety Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control
    • Organizational Behaviour (Bus 303)

      Elective Courses (Choose two - 39 hours each)

      • Applied Occupational Hygiene (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene)
      • How to Be An Effective Safety Trainer
      • Fundamentals of Auditing (Prerequisite: Introduction to Health and Safety Systems and Management of Health and Safety Systems)
      • Fundamentals of Disability Management
      • Fundamentals of Ergonomics
      • Interpersonal Communications in Business
      • Risk Management and Communications
      • Managing Performance Through Training and Development
      • Accident Causation Theory (7 hrs)
      • Avoiding a Wrong with Two Rights: Human Rights versus the Right to Safety  (14 hrs)
      • Behaviour-based Safety (14 hrs)
      • Business Continuity Planning (14 hrs)
      • Conflict and Confrontation (14 hrs)
      • Coping with Stress (7 hrs)
      • Emergency Management (14 hrs)
      • Fall Protection (7 hrs)
      • Fatigue Risk Management (7 hrs)
      • Fire Safety Program (14 hrs)
      • Human Factors in Safety (14 hrs)
      • Incident Investigation (14 hrs)
      • Managing Contractor Safety Performance (14 hrs)
      • Noise & Hearing Conservation (7 hrs)
      • Safety Culture and Perception Surveys (7 hrs)
      • Shift work: Safety and Sanity (7 hrs)
      • Toxicology: Effects & Hazards (7 hrs)


      Please note: Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not all courses are offered every year.

      RDC School of Continuing Education would like to thank the following companies for providing equipment to the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate:

      Western Health & Safety   


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