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The Competitive Edge You're Looking for in Health and Safety

By Nicole Neufeld | Last updated: May 3, 2021
Presented by University of Northern British Columbia
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Get the training you need, when you need it, and where you want it.

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UNBC Continuing Studies has taken the flexibility of online learning to a completely new level. Its online Occupational Health and Safety Certificate is entirely self-paced, providing you with the ability to define your learning path, choose when, where, and how you want to learn, and best of all, complete your certificate while balancing your career.

UNBC Continuing Studies worked closely with industry leaders to develop a fully online, video-based, asynchronous occupational health and safety certificate for the working professional. You can now start your health and safety certificate at any time, and gain immediately transferable skills applicable to your health and safety career path.

It may surprise you to learn that over half of the manufacturing companies surveyed in British Columbia said they employ at least one occupational health and safety (OHS) worker. There are over 38,000 manufacturing companies in Canada, resulting in at least 19,000 OHS employees currently employed. Dig a little deeper and you will learn that the average wage for an OHS officer is $68,000 a year, resulting in over $1.3 billion dollars in wages paid to OHS employees. In B.C. alone, it is projected that there will be over 1,300 OHS job openings in the next five years due to the changing economic environment, increased regulations and requirements, and the steady retirement of current OHS employees.

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You may be asking, "how do I define myself in this market and be part of one of the fastest growing professions in Canada?"

What Makes a Good Health and Safety Officer?

There are six main traits of a good Safety Officer:

  1. Genuine concern for people
  2. Leads by example
  3. Hungry for knowledge and continuous education
  4. Consistent in behaviour, messaging and actions
  5. Resilient and able to overcome challenges
  6. Able to listen effectively.
Does this sound like you? If so, the Occupational Health and Safety Online Certificate for Practitioners with UNBC Continuing Studies teaches you the knowledge, tools, and procedures to build and advance your OHS professional career. The program consists of 10 primary courses that provide you with the foundational skills required to be a health and safety professional, as well as critical assignments and assessments that will enhance your learning experience.


This program offers the following courses:

  • Occupational Health & Safety Fundamentals
  • Legislation: Acts & Regulations
  • Hazard Analysis, Risk Assessment & Control
  • Ergonomics for Injury Prevention & Accommodation
  • Hazardous Materials & Occupational Hygiene
  • Fire Safety Planning & Systems
  • Safety Inspections
  • Accident Investigation & Reporting
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Safety Program Design & Analysis

Why Choose UNBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Online Certificate?

  • Self-paced curriculum: You determine the pace and duration it takes to finish. Approximate time to complete the certificate is 300 total hours.
  • Easy-to-use format: The fully interactive content is enhanced with video content, student interactions, assignments and case studies, all supported by easily navigated learning tools for quick and easy material review.
  • Industry-focused qualifications: The OH&S Online Certificate currently fulfills the CRST certification academic requirements recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).
  • Instant course access: Immediate course access the moment you are registered for the certificate.
  • Responsive program support: From start to finish, support staff are available to help with registration, coursework advisement, scheduling, technical support, and more.

Laddering Your Certificate

Take your learning further. UNBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate meets the admission prerequisite for the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

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Written by Nicole Neufeld | Manager of Continuing Studies

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