School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Occupational Health and Safety

Sep 01, 2022
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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

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Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

Over 10,000 employees are injured at work in Alberta every year. Some are seriously injured, even killed.

As a result, organizations across the province continue to invest more time and resources to better train and equip their personnel, identify potential dangers and develop strategies and policies that keep employees safe.

The NAIT Occupational Health & Safety (OHSD) diploma program will prepare you to fill essential health and safety roles in industry to meet the growing demands of government regulations.

Our 2-year program focuses on real-world issues and practical skills and is the only program in the province that offers full-time OHS training. We are recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, and our graduates meet the educational requirements for Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification, the most recognizable designation for safety professionals in Canada.

Over 5 terms, you’ll be provided with classroom and lab instruction, as well as applied learning opportunities in a variety of workplace settings.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Our program will give you the knowledge and technical skills required to develop, implement and evaluate corporate OHS systems and programs that keep people safe on the job and maintain operational equipment. Our advanced curriculum builds strong technical skills and provides exposure to many different facets of the OHS profession, including:

  • hazard anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control
  • risk management
  • ergonomics
  • occupational hygiene
  • construction safety
  • emergency management
  • incident investigation
  • WHMIS standards and compliance

You’ll also gain important soft skills, including how to:

  • work independently and in teams
  • write effectively
  • present oral reports
  • calculate, interpret and analyze data
OHS Green hat

Co-Op Work Term

Your co-op work term will give you the opportunity to apply your professional skills and theoretical understanding in a workplace setting. You’ll be given various occupational health and safety responsibilities and projects in a business, industry, government, education or non-profit organization. 

In addition to providing new learning experiences, the work term will give you valuable on-the-job skills and industry contacts that will set you up for success after graduation.

Enter the workforce with confidence

More and more employers are recognizing the importance of integrating OHS into everyday work. Our graduates are in high demand and find employment across a variety of industries including oil and gas, energy transmission, transportation, forestry, petrochemical, utilities, construction, government and health. Possible workplace settings include factory floors, warehouses, outdoor job sites, retail spaces and offices.

By focusing on real-world issues and practical training, students learn to manage the impact of biological, physical, chemical and ergonomic hazards. Specific examples include:

  • performing a workplace inspection in an automotive or heavy equipment shop
  • fit testing a respirator to ensure workers are protected from airborne contaminants
  • investigating a workplace incident and recommending corrective action
OHS Officer

Become a trusted professional

After successful completion of the program, you will earn a NAIT diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. This diploma is recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP) and will allow you to challenge the national CRSP exam for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.

Opportunities for Further Education

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT’s unique 4-year baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Technology. Diploma grads can earn this degree with just 2 more years of full- and part-time study.

Bachelor of Technology

Build on your technology diploma by earning a recognized baccalaureate degree with two additional years of study.

OHS stair climb

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For Advanced Credit

Students who have been accepted into the program can apply for Advanced Credit by completing and submitting the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form. Proof of payment must be included with the application for transfer credit and submitted to Wes Puchyr, Program Chair:

Wes Puchyr, Program Chair
Phone: 780.471.7074

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“The skill set I have developed through the 2-year OHS program has been adaptable to a variety of occupational health and safety careers. With the assistance and direction of the instructors, program chair and administrative support staff, I was able to obtain my goal and graduate with academic honours, an accomplishment I’m very proud of.”

Kim Bettencourt
Occupational Health and Safety Graduate

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.