Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Background and Purpose The online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) is the product of extensive collaboration with OSHE professionals in the workplace. Professionals from across North America have participated in the program’s curriculum development process. This ensures that the range of skills and knowledge provided in the online CHSEP program are effectively equipping today’s OSHE practitioners with the necessary and relevant competencies they require. Also, the curriculum is not limited to a particular jurisdiction’s legislative framework; rather, it is a far-reaching collection of ‘best practices’ as identified by OSHE professionals from a wide range of jurisdictions and legislative backgrounds.

The online CHSEP program is unique among other OSH certificate programs, in that, its focus is on the essential process skills required to succeed as an OSH practitioner in your jurisdiction, rather than just focusing on the technical aspects of the field. CHSEP participants will develop their ability to identify, prioritize and manage workplace risks, thereby making a significant contribution to their organization’s goals.

For whom this program is designed CHSEP is targeted at learners from mid-level managers to front-line workers in every industry and sector, with students in North America, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Arctic regions, and beyond. These students represent mining, construction, petroleum, forestry, health-care, OSH regulators, military, 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, engineering, education (primary, secondary and post-secondary), and more.

Enrolment Prerequisites The program candidate will have an interest or experience in OSHE practice. Beyond this, it is essential that the candidate have access to a computer with an internet connection, and a minimum of three (3) hours study time for each module.Benefits of Online Learning The online CHSEP program is the first OSH-related certificate that is offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the student with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Here are some additional benefits to online learning:

  • It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • CHSEP online courses provide instruction that can be delivered ‘just in time’ -when particular knowledge or skills are required to complete a task. The courses are designed to require frequent user input that receives immediate feedback.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via internet delivery.
  • Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, discussion boards and live synchronous sessions.
  • Sponsoring agents realize substantial savings in training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.
  • The open registration format of the CHSEP program frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.

Prior Learning Assessment Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, potential participants of the CHSEP program have an opportunity to receive acknowledged course completion for related previous learning.

PLA is the systematic evaluation of the learning an individual has achieved through relevant work experience, various short training courses or learning outcomes from similar or related post-secondary programs. PLA course completion will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, contact the CHSEP office at:

University of Fredericton
371 Queen Street, Suite 101
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
E3B 1B1
Tel: 1-877-454-6232
Fax: (506) 455-1675
E-mail: info@ufred.ca

To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, an initial administration fee of $150 will be required. For each course you wish to exempt, there is a $100 fee, and you will be required to provide:

  • Transcripts from any training institutions you attended
  • Copies of any professional certifications you received
  • Syllabi from any related courses you have taken
  • Any other relevant documentation that provides evidence of your learning

For consideration of learning through work experience and other background learning, you must supply a detailed résumé that includes all education and training as well as positions held and areas of responsibility for each. Also, the reviewer will need to see transcripts from relevant institutions, copies of certifications received and syllabi from courses taken. These syllabi normally contain the sentence, “In this course, you will learn x, y and z“. Verifying the ‘x,y and z’ of previous learning helps ensure the fairest possible Prior Learning Assessments.

Awards and Recognition The Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) at the University of Fredericton was voted Readers Choice OHS Certificate Program in Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine. To read the full Readers Choice Awards edition of Canadian Occupational Safety, click here.

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Certification – Give Your Career an Edge University of Fredericton is pleased to offer this online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP), which is designed for individuals who have responsibility for managing and supporting health and safety within their organization. The certificate is unique in that it focuses on providing generic process skills rather than just technical content. The program will equip participants with the intellectual and practical skills needed to contribute widely to their organizations’ goals including identifying, prioritizing, and managing workplace risks.

The content, which was designed and approved by senior practitioners, focuses on providing generic process skills, and is not tied to any particular regulatory or jurisdictional framework. Graduates will acquire skills that transfer seamlessly from location to location, and from industry to industry, anywhere in the world.

The program will be of interest to a wide range of learners, from frontline workers to middle managers. Those who will benefit from the program include labour reps, joint safety and health committee members, practicing safety coordinators, occupational health nurses, ergonomic specialists, government inspectors, actuarial professionals, workers’ compensation strategists, and industrial leaders interested in human capital development. The generic nature of the program will appeal to Canadian, as well as international audiences.

The program will assist professionals preparing for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) registration exams (www.bcrsp.ca). Also, the Foundations certificate will satisfy the post-secondary prerequisites for entry into the CHSC program with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). Applicants will still be required to successfully complete (including the exam) three mandatory and three elective CSSE courses.

The program is delivered entirely online and uses independent study methodology that allows learners to begin courses at any time. The certificate consists of Foundation Level courses and Advanced level courses.  The Foundation courses provide the core knowledge and skills required by all OSHE practitioners.  The Advanced courses provide additional knowledge for those in, or seeking, leadership roles in their OSHE careers. Courses can also be taken independent of the certificate program.

The original, award-winning CHSEP is the first of its kind delivered entirely online!

BCRSP Exam Preparation Many of our graduates have successfully challenged BCRSP exams based on their learning from this program and use of the BCRSP Study Guide. For more information on pursuing your CRSP designation, visit the BCRSP website.

Earn your BCRSP Continuing Maintenance Points (CMPs) while working towards your Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes.

Program Outline and Courses

Upon completion of twelve (12) certificate courses (below), students will earn their Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP). Students who successfully complete the Guided Practicum as their final elective will earn their Applied Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (Applied CHSEP).

Foundation Courses

All six courses are required to earn Foundation Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (210 Hours)

The Foundation Courses equips learners with the ‘boot camp’ skills needed to effectively provide entry-level safety services in any industry. Understanding the basics of incident causation, organizational behaviour, risk assessment, occupational hygiene, environmental ecology basics and models of safety management are not options – they are required skills for today’s safety practitioner.

CHSE 0100 - Management and Organizational Behaviour

CHSE 0200 - Incident Causation and Investigation

CHSE 0300 - Risk Assessment

CHSE 0700 - Approaches to Safety Management

CHSE 0900 - Occupational Hygiene

CHSE 1205 - Environmental Management Foundations

Advanced Courses

The Advanced courses prepare learners for leadership roles in OSHE by enhancing critical thinking and developing advanced process skills.

Applied Certificate (430 Hours)

CHSE 0400, CHSE 0800 and the Guided Practicum are required, plus three electives to earn the Applied Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (Applied CHSEP).

Certificate (420 Hours)

CHSE 0400 and CHSE 0800 are required, plus four electives to earn the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP).

CHSE 0400 - Effective Workplace Training

CHSE 0500 - Due Diligence and Compliance

CHSE 0600 - Total Quality Management

CHSE 0800 - Ergonomics Foundations

CHSE 1000 - Workplace Wellness

CHSE 1100 - Program Ownership and Motivation

CHSE 1210 - Environmental Management Applications

CHSE 1300 - CHSEP Independent Study

CHSE 1500 - Emergency Planning

CHSE 2000* - Guided Practicum*

*Students may complete the last course of their certificate with the Guided Practicum, earning an Applied Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (Applied CHSEP). The Guided Practicum provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the courses to workplace environments.

For students whose current circumstances make the completion of a Guided Practicum impractical, they may choose to finish their program with another elective listed above, earning the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP).

Certificate Completion Upon successful completion of the Foundation courses and six (6) Advanced courses, the University will issue the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP).

For students who successfully complete the Guided Practicum as their final elective, the University will issue the Applied Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (Applied CHSEP).

Fees and Schedules Deadlines for completing various components of the Program are as follows:

Each individual course is 10 weeks in length.

The CHSEP program has been designed by working adults, for working adults. We realize that due to unforeseen circumstances, interruptions to your course work may occur. Should this be the case, it is possible to apply for an extension of time. These will be assessed on an individual basis.

There is no minimum or maximum to the time allowed to complete the program.  The courses are self-paced and therefore may be completed in less than the allotted time.

Please note: students who choose the Applied CHSEP path will have 6 months from the date they begin the Guided Practicum to complete it.

Tuition Fees Tuition for our programs is: (all fees are in Canadian dollars)

  • Entire Certificate: $ 6,800.00 CAD (when paid in full)
    • Foundation Courses: $ 3,450.00 CAD (6 core courses)
    • Advanced Courses: $ 3,450.00 CAD (1 core and 5 elective courses)
    • Individual Courses: $ 575.00 CAD

Library Access The University of Fredericton is pleased to offer two comprehensive libraries to enhance your educational journey. Students have access to online resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fee per course is $10.00 and will be charged at the same time as tuition is paid. If a student pays the full program tuition, the full service fee will be charged for all courses, as well.

CHSEP Refund Policy The University of Fredericton is pleased that you have decided to take on the challenge of learning new skills and advancing your career. Because unforeseen circumstances do occur, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our refund policy for our CHSEP program.


  • If you are in need of an extension, this may be done through Learner Support at no cost.

Leave of Absence

  • If you require a leave of absence from your studies, this may also be done through Learner Support.

Course Withdrawal/ Course Transfer Fee

  • If withdrawal or transfer from the course is within the first week, a refund for the entire course tuition will be issued, less a $75 Withdrawal Fee.
  • If withdrawal from the course is after the first week, no refund is available.

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*The University of Fredericton certificate and diploma programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue career, work, and/or personal interest objectives. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed or promoted in any particular job or career path.

**Unless specifically cited, the University of Fredericton makes no representations or warranties as to whether our certificate or diploma programs meet specific professional association, provincial and/or national regulatory/licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate regulatory entity for such information. Although certain University programs are designed to meet educational content and contact hour requirements, and prepare students to take specific certification or qualification exams; the University cannot guarantee that individual students will pass those exams.


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