13 weeks (on campus); 1 to 2 years (online)
The program must be completed within 5 years. Students must take at least one course per academic year to be considered ongoing in the program. The program also includes a 36-hour practicum. Note: Certificate courses may be taken prior Applied Certificate courses.
Every employer must meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. There is a demand for qualified and experienced occupational health and safety practitioners in every industry because employers are building their occupational health and safety (OHS) teams. The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program offers two credential options: an applied certificate for those wanting to enter the field and a certificate for practitioners who want a more advanced level of education and qualifications for a career in occupational health and safety.
Apply to the applied certificate program if you:
Apply for the certificate program if you:
Students in our Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program learn the skills needed to provide knowledgeable advice that employers need to develop, implement and evaluate company safety management systems. They also learn how to create effective teams, communicate effectively and coach employees to work safely. When you add an OHS certificate and the CRSP designation to your current education and experience you have an added advantage as a job seeker. Graduates are also encouraged to take additional safety training courses throughout their careers, so that they can stay current in the field and gear their education to employer job postings.
Flexible Learning Options
The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program is offered both full-time and part-time. The full-time program is 13 weeks, including a one-week practicum, and is offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . The part-time program is offered online and can be completed within two or three years.
Did you know?
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner programs are the only OH&S education programs in Saskatchewan, and the only OHS training in Canada that offers Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
How does it fit?
If you are a self-directed individual with strong communication and change management skills, and enjoy working as part of a team with team-building skills, OHS could be a good career fit. OHS practitioners also need strong organizational capabilities, keen observational skills, a knack for multi-tasking and the ability to routinely handle large volumes of information.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.
OH&S is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program graduate, you will have the OH&S skills you need for an entry level position in many industries including federal, provincial and municipal governments; mining and milling companies; oil and gas companies; health care facilities; educational institutions; and trades, construction and safety associations.
Occupational health and safety practitioners are frequently part of teams working on environmental and wellness initiatives and disability management, and can explore career opportunities with regulatory agencies and consulting companies in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world.
For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.
One year post-secondary studies
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away almost $1.5 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.