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 science-oriented program combines studies in safety, health, engineering and business and prepares you to understand the potential safety and health hazards of the workplace, as well as teach you how to work with people to develop preventative programs and help improve the work conditions.

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!

    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 go to U of A's O H & S website.


    Core Courses         Enrichment Courses (35 hours required)
    • Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene (formerly Occupational Hygiene I)
    • Applied Occupational Hygiene (formerly Occupational Hygiene II)
    • Health & Safety Law
    • Introduction to Health and Safety Systems (formerly Accident Control I)
    • Management of Health and Safety Systems (formerly Accident Control II)
    • Organizational Behaviour (Bus 303)

      Elective Courses

      • How to Be An Effective Safety Trainer
      • Fundamentals of Auditing
      • Fundamentals of Disability Management
      • Fundamentals of Ergonomics
      • Interpersonal Communications in Business
      • Risk Management and Communication
      • Safety Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control
      • Managing Performance Through Training and Development

      Any two 21-hour elective courses from the U of A Environmental Resource Management (will qualify as one course only)

      • Accident Causation Theory (14 hrs)
      • Behaviour-based Safety (14 hrs)
      • Business Continuity Planning (14 hours)
      • Conflict and Confrontation (14 hrs)
      • Coping with Stress (7 hrs)
      • Emergency Management (14 hrs)
      • Fall Protection (7 hrs)
      • Fatigue Risk Management (7 hours)
      • Fire Safety Program (14 hrs)
      • Health and Safety Committees (7 hrs)
      • Human Factors in Safety (14 hours)
      • 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: Elective enrichment courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not all courses are offered every year.

      1 day = 7 credit hrs
      2 day = 14 credit hrs
      3 day = 21 credit hrs


      Red Deer College 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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