UFred offers online diploma and certificate programs for occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals requiring new or enhanced skills and/or certifications. These innovative online programs are focused exclusively on educating working professionals like yourself, to assist you in reaching the next level of your career.
Background and Purpose
UFred has long prided itself on being a leading educator of OHS professionals in Canada and abroad through our fully-online curriculum. With an emphasis on process-based learning and skills, our programs have been specifically designed help enhance your ability to apply OHS knowledge to any workplace environment you may find yourself in while simultaneously enhancing your workplace leadership abilities. Developed in consultation with an extensive number of leading OHS professionals, our programs help students learn to identify, prioritize, and manage workplace risks, poising them to more effectively contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of their organizations.
Why should safety practitioners invest in professional development?
“Safety” is now recognized as an essential component of an organization’s overall health. Historically, the ‘project safety officer’ was assigned to the role with minimal education and history with the company. Today, employers need safety advisors who can not only provide credible advice on central questions like safety program design, operational risk assessment, incident investigation and analysis, environmental management, and more, but that advice must be able to withstand possible examination, both internally and externally. Without formal academic and professional credentials, safety professionals may now find themselves to be at a distinct disadvantage.
Modern safety practitioners continuously pursue knowledge through OHS education, and have a healthier understanding of larger questions around corporate culture, relationship based leadership, the significance of leadership in an OHS role, and stakeholder engagement than in the past. All of these issues are central to the design of our online OHS offerings.
Our students are working professionals who range from entry-level, frontline workers to senior-level executives. Our process-based learning philosophy means that our curriculum is relevant not only to Canadian students, but also to students across North America, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Arctic regions, and beyond.
No matter what your level of education is, we have programs that can fit your OHS career goals. A sample of some of the fields in which our students work includes, but is not limited to:
- OSH regulators
- Electrical and Communications Utilities (including nuclear facilities)
- Transportation (road, sea and air)
- Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governments
- Retail/Wholesale Operations
- Warehousing and Distribution Networks
- OSHE Consulting
- Education (primary, secondary and post-secondary)
- and more!
Benefits of Online Delivery
Whether your program is being delivered entirely asynchronously, or in conjunction with live virtual classes (known as vClasses), our programs are designed to accommodate your schedule while enhancing your OHS knowledge and leadership abilities.
Our fully-online delivery allows for us to offer our programs to a student-base of working professionals who have career, family, and other commitments. The ability to study while maintaining your career also has the added value of allowing you to apply the principles and strategies learned in our courses to your workplace in real-time. Our online campus is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can learn at your convenience.
Interested in propelling your safety career? Take a look at the OHS courses offered through our School of Occupational Health and Safety:
- Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)
- Certificate in Disability Management
- Ergonomics Coordinator Certificate
- Applied Ergonomics Coordinator Certificate
- Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM)
- Integrated Disability Management Professional Diploma (IDMP)