Employers: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which reimburses two-thirds of your employee's training costs.
This is a non-credit program offered on a part-time basis. Courses are typically delivered on weekends in a condensed format. For more information or to register, call registration at 403.529.3844 or visit Continuing Studies. Courses can be found under the Workplace Health & Safety section.
Concern for health and safety in the workplace is increasing among workers and employers across all industries and society in general.
Medicine Hat College is proud to offer students the opportunity to complete the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program. This part-time program is designed to help practitioners from many different backgrounds develop the competencies needed to be effective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health and safety programs and systems in a wide variety of occupational settings.
Core competencies of our graduates:
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Occupational Health and Safety Officer occupational group earned a starting wage from $36.64 - $54.66 an hour. The average wage was $43.31 an hour.
This program requires the completion of 329 credit hours:
It is a practice-oriented, research-based, multidisciplinary program based on an integration of engineering, physical, chemical, biological, social, and psychological knowledge with problems and challenges in practice.
For a list of current OHS courses available at Medicine Hat College, please refer to the Workplace Health and Safety section.
Core Courses (all 6)
Elective Courses (choose 2)
Enrichment Seminars (35 hours)
Exemption Credit Request
If you have one of the following designations, the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Program recognizes your hard work and dedication by awarding exemption credit of 21 hours toward the 35 hours of Enrichment Seminars. Individuals with the following designations are encouraged to apply for this exemption credit by completing the Application For Exemption Form and submitting it together with proof of their designation and a $125 exemption fee to the University of Alberta:
Courses are paid on a course by course basis. Prices are subject to change. Fees are as follows:
Core Courses and Elective Courses
$745 + GST per course
7 hour seminars: $349 + GST per course
14 hour seminars: $499 + GST per course
The common textbook required for most, if not all, classes is the most current version of the OHS Act, Regulation and Code: 2009. It will be assumed by instructors of all classes that students have access to a copy of this text.
Some courses require the purchase of additional textbooks.
In order to have the courses that you have taken recognized as contributing to the OHS Certificate, students must apply for admission to the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. Students should make application no later than after completion of 2 courses.
The Certificate Program Graduation is held in June to honour students who have completed the requirements for a University of Alberta Certificate by the end of March. When registering for your final course, please ensure you complete the Graduation Application and submit no later than February 1st. Students must complete and return the Application for Graduation Form whether or not they plan on attending the annual graduation ceremony.
Please refer to the Continuing Studies Calendar – Workplace Health and Safety section for dates, time or register online.
Safety Dynamics Award
$750 – Apply by January 31.
Safety Dynamics, a local Medicine Hat Safety Consulting and Training Corporation, is offering two bursaries in support of students who are participating in the U of A’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program at Medicine Hat College.
Applications must be received prior to the January 30th deadline, and applicants must be currently accepted to the U of A’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program. Two awards of $750 each will be presented.
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