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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 University of Alberta is excited to introduce the Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program. This new professional diploma program will expand and build upon the OHS Certificate program and foster a deeper knowledge and skill set for health and safety professionals.

This part-time program is offered at the Faculty of Extension in a face-to-face format, allowing for the best opportunity for in-depth conversations with instructors, as well as a unique opportunity to meet and study with health and safety peers.


Program at a Glance

Program structure

OHS Certificate + 9 core courses + 220 elective course hours needed to graduate.

Location & Format

In-class in downtown Edmonton.

Duration

2-3 years of part-time study (with a maximum of 8 years to complete).

Audience

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program 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 will come from diverse workplace sectors that deal with health and safety, and will hold many varied job positions.

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

Program Plan

The Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety program is comprised of nine core courses and 220 hours of elective courses.

Designed for part-time study, it can generally be completed within two to three years, but students have up to eight years to fulfill their program requirements. Schedules are flexible and designed to accommodate the diverse needs of our students.

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

  • ‎Core courses (9)

    Ethics and Professional Practice (EXOS 4643)


    TBA (EXOS 4644)


    Financial Management and Budgeting (EXMGT 5515)


    Leadership Fundamentals (EXDLR 5620)


    Leadership Communications (EXLDR 5621)


    Business and Strategy Analysis (EXBA 5687)


    Leading Strategic Planning (EXLDR 5624)


    Change Leadership (EXLDR 5623)


    Risk Management and Communications (EXOS 4625)

  • Electives (220 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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