Starting a Career in OHS

Brock CampbellOccupational Health and Safety, Occupational Health and Safety Online, Online Courses8 Comments

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Where to start?

Starting a career in OHS begins with earning the right educational requirements.

An OHS certificate can put you on the right track. As many employers seek candidates who have obtained their professional certification – an academic certificate is the first step towards achieving professional recognition in the field.

In today’s workplace, regardless of industry or size of the business, employers are emphasizing employee health and safety.

OHS Employers

The overall costs associated with workplace accidents are too high for employers to ignore. Furthermore, stricter legislation requires organizations to adhere to existing acts and regulations that protect workplace safety.

Therefore, employers are more likely to seek qualified health and safety professionals ready to enter their role without any further required training.

Moreover, organizations want employees with knowledge of today’s health and safety standards and industry-recognized designation.

With online courses in OHS, you gain an in-depth knowledge of important OHS legislation, accident investigation principles, hazardous material standards, and safety program practices.

Furthermore, you will examine workplace hazard assessment and prevention methods, inspection procedures, fire safety preparation and injury prevention guidelines.

Completing your OHS certificate means you will have academic accreditation that meets some of the knowledge-based qualifications needed to earn your Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP®) certification.

You will also be eligible to work in any number of fields or professions.

OHS Career Choices

OHS careers span many industries, from petrochemical, forestry, and mining, to government, service, and trade. You can work as an OHS safety officer, consultant, coordinator, ergonomics specialist, quality assurance professional, safety inspector or occupational hygienist.

Depending on your previous OHS work experience, you may already fit the criteria for becoming a CRSP certified OHS professional.

Online courses in OHS may also help upgrade your knowledge and expertise in particular areas of focus. Particular areas that progressively change over the years, such as legislation, regulations, or safety program planning.

8 Comments on “Starting a Career in OHS”

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  3. I have a degree in Kinesiology and many years experience in the health and recreation industry and am wondering what kind of work place experience is needed to qualify for the course?

    1. Hi Amanda,

      As far as work experience goes, there are no course pre-requisites or prior experience needed to qualify for our OHS Certificate. The program is an introductory practitioner’s certificate, so you will be learning the fundamentals and basics of health & safety that are applicable to various industries where occupational health is required.

      In the field of Occupational Health & Safety, however, you will learn that there are requirements to earn recognized industry certificates, which do entail having a certain level of combined education & work experience. To learn more about those requirements, visit here:

      If you would like to speak with one of our staff members about our program, feel free to call 1-866-843-8061, or email us at

      Have a great day.

  4. Hello. I am interested in the OHS Certificate Program. Residing in AB, I want to be sure that the program in BC is the same offered here in our province, and it looks the same to me.
    I wondered if this is the same course that is offered across Canada and will be recognized as the same no matter where employment takes you. Is this correct? Living in Alberta I wondered if each province is tailor-made for the provincial standards; or not ; and it would be best for me to go through an AB source. BUT I am wanting to study through UNBC because you offer the best price on the complete mod package as opposed to taking the course in Alberta sources. Thank you for offering this course option allowing someone like myself to save alot of $ while unemployed and looking for work. I appreciate your time and look forward to your response.

    1. Hi Kendra,

      Thank you for contacting us. We have passed your question on to our online course coordinator who we have asked to contact you about some important details.

      Have you heard from them via email?


  5. Hello,

    I have been working as an occupational health nurse for 6 years in healthcare setting. I don’t have any industrial/manufacturing experience so I wanted to look more into doing the OHS course instead. I’m doing the occupational health nurse certificate through St.Lawrence college and have 2 courses left. I was wondering if the courses will transfer over? I also live in AB, and was wondering if I would be able to take this online course? Thanks.

    1. Hi Kaylee,

      To answer a few of your questions, the OHS Certificate is entirely online so you can complete it anywhere. Here is the link for more details: All 10 of the courses offered as part of the certificate can also be taken individually, in case you require an upgrade in say Ergonomics, for example. In addition, depending on what you have already completed you may be allowed to transfer some of your courses and complete the OHS Certificate. However, transferring courses, and what courses you may transfer, has to be determined by our course coordinator. To ensure your question is answered in a timely manner, could you please email about what your options are for transferring your courses. Thank you.

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