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Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety

Please note: in order to complete the Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program, an OHS certificate from an accredited and recognized institution is required.

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Diploma Overview

As an industry changes and grows, so too does the benchmark for knowledge and skills expected by leading industry professionals. Developed to meet the communicated needs of those in the health and safety industry, the Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program expands and builds upon the OHS Certificate program to foster a deeper knowledge and provide new skills for health and safety professionals.

NEW: Important Updates to the Program

Effective July 1, 2020, updates are being made to our OHS diploma program requirements. These updates include increasing core course requirements while reducing required elective hours, which in turn may reduce the overall completion time for the program.

The new program structure continues to align seamlessly with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals’ CRSP accreditation requirements, meeting employer needs and helping our graduates build their health and safety careers.


Exposure to different areas in the OH&S field helped Ian in his role as Health and Safety strategist
“Being a student in the Faculty of Extension OH&S program was a very positive and rewarding experience that helped me with my career.”

 

Program at a Glance

Program structure

OHS Certificate + 12 core courses + 131 unique elective course hours needed to graduate.

Location & Format

In-class in downtown Edmonton, and online.

Duration

This program is designed for part-time study and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Most students complete it in 2-3 years (and have a maximum of 8 years to complete)

Audience

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety is designed for health and safety professionals who want to leverage their existing OHS certificate and previous work experience into an advanced credential.

Students in the Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety come from diverse workplace sectors that deal with health and safety, and hold diverse job positions.

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety meets the educational criteria for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.

Program Plan

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety consists of 12 core courses and 131 hours of elective courses.

This program is designed for part-time study and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Most students complete it in 2-3 years (and have a maximum of 8 years to complete).

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the diploma (3.5 or higher earns a diploma with distinction).

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The requirements below apply to students enrolled on and after July 1, 2020. If you entered the OHS Diploma program prior to July 1, 2020, please refer to the requirements that apply to your credential.

  • ‎Core courses (12)

    Introduction to Business Planning (EXOS 4570) 39 hours NEW


    Integrating Human Performance and Systems Design (EXOS 4573) 14 hours NEW


    Strategic and Operations Management (EXOS 4571) 39 hours NEW


    Ethics and Professional Practice (EXOS 4643) 39 hours


    Leadership Communications (EXLDR 5621) 21 hours


    Leadership Fundamentals (EXLDR 5620) 21 hours


    Change Leadership (EXLDR 5623) 21 hours


    Statistics and Data Management (EXOS 4644) 39 hours


    Workplace Wellness: Assessment, Design, Implementation (EXOS 4641) 21 hours (formerly elective course)


    Workplace Wellness: Culture and Leadership (EXOS 4642) 21 hrs (formerly elective course)


    Risk Management and Communication (EXOS 4625) 39 hours


    Psychological Health and Safety ( EXOS 4640) 21 hrs (formerly elective course)

  • Electives (131 hours)

    Electives can be taken at any time during the program, provided that the appropriate prerequisites have been met.

  • OHS Certificate
    Successful completion of OHS Certificate from an accredited and recognized post-secondary institution.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to earn the diploma. You may apply for admission as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses. 

To be admitted into the professional diploma program, you must have an OHS certificate. The University of Alberta’s OHS Certificate program meets the admission required for the Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program. OHS certificates from other recognized post-secondary institutions may be accepted, though some conditions apply. Please contact the UAlberta OHS program office (ohs@ualberta.ca by email, 780-492-3037 by phone) to confirm if your OHS certificate from an outside institution is eligible for admission.

Individuals courses, as well as professional development series, may be taken for general studies and do not require student to first be admitted into the professional diploma program.

THREE EASY STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form. 
  2. Obtain an official transcript of your previous studies (UAlberta alumni are exempt).
  3. Submit your completed application (UAlberta alumni and staff exempt from the $100 admission fee).

Tuition & Fees

  • A formal program application is required: $100; UAlberta alumni and staff are exempt.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Some courses require a textbook at an additional cost. Books can be purchased or ordered from the University of Alberta Bookstore
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

While you can register for a course without enrolling in the program, we strongly advise you to apply into the program early to lock in your program requirements.

Individuals courses, as well as professional development series, may be taken for general studies and do not require student to first be admitted into the professional diploma program.

The program is offered in-class, in downtown Edmonton. The face-to-face courses are available in the daytime, evening, and weekends. Some courses may be available online or in a condensed-format (held over a period of four days or two weekends).

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116. You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

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