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Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

The 272-hour online Occupational Health and Safety Certificate provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a health and safety professional. Health and Safety professionals assume roles such as Health and Safety Advisor, Health and Safety Officer, Health and Safety Supervisor, Health and Safety Coordinator, Health and Safety Trainer and Health and Safety Manager. These professional play a vital role in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, construction, forestry, mining, manufacturing, education, health care, government, agriculture and oil and gas.

Learners become familiar with effective health and safety systems, how to evaluate and continually improve health and safety systems, health and safety legislation, facilitation techniques, ability management, risk management, investigations and audits. Learners go beyond the development and management of a technically sound health and safety system to learning about facilitating a workplace that takes a team approach to health and safety by reducing the human factor in accidents.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Applications of Mathematics 10
    • Principles of Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

Or a minimum of 65% on the ABLE Mathematics test.Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Program Outline

OHS 111 Introduction to Health and Safety Systems
OHS 112 Management of Health and Safety Systems
OHS 113 Health and Safety Legislation
OHS 114 Ability Management
OHS 115 Human Factors
OHS 116 Training, Development and Facilitation
OHS 117 Risk Management
OHS 118 Investigation and Auditing

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass each course with a minimum grade of 70% to receive the certificates. Students must pass each final exam to receive the certificate.

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Oct)




  • Distance/Online


2022-23: $6,620
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials


Part time online: asynchronous

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022