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Certificate in
Occupational Health and Safety

Note: This certificate program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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This certificate program in Occupational Health and Safety was developed in cooperation with the Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health (www.ryerson.ca/sophe). This unique offering is designed especially for those currently involved in the field who wish to expand their knowledge and improve their skills. The program covers a wide range of perspectives, principles, and issues in the occupational health and safety field, and is applicable to all types of industry.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/ohs.

For related career information, please visit Industry Overview.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CCMN 114   Communication:  Short Management Reports
COHS 208   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health and Safety Law
COHS 508   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health
COHS 608   Occupational Health:  Hazard Recognition and Control
COHS 718   Occupational Health:  Systems Management I
CVOH 217   Occupational Health:  Measurement and Analysis
CVOH 221   Occupational Health:  Topics in Occupational Health and Safety


Electives (select one)

CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
COHS 477   Occupational Health:  Integrated Disability Management
CPPA 101   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions


Note: Many of the courses are offered in an intensive format. See course descriptions for additional information.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CCMN 114   Communication:  Short Management Reports
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
COHS 208   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health and Safety Law
COHS 477   Occupational Health:  Integrated Disability Management
COHS 508   Occupational Health:  Occupational Health
COHS 608   Occupational Health:  Hazard Recognition and Control
COHS 718   Occupational Health:  Systems Management I
CPPA 101   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
CVOH 217   Occupational Health:  Measurement and Analysis
CVOH 221   Occupational Health:  Topics in Occupational Health and Safety