Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management (DIDM)

Background and Purpose  The University of Fredericton’s School of Occupational Health and Safety is pleased to offer the Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management (DIDM). This diploma is designed to parallel the online Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Professional Diploma (SHEM) which is also offered at the University of Fredericton.

The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is designed for professionals and practitioners working in the field of disability management, or who are seeking to pursue disability management as a career option. Students come into this diploma program with an academic background in a related discipline as well as with workplace experience in disability management.

A Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is a management tool aimed at the mitigation of workplace illness and injury, as well as prevention. Disability management practitioners require the technical, interpersonal, and business-related skills to be able to competently practice in the field of disability management. The DIDM provides students with the knowledge and tools required to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate a workplace Integrated Disability Management program.

The demand for competent disability management practitioners is on the rise. Employers, regardless of the size of their organizations, are looking for guidance and assistance in the management of employee illness and injury, as well as the mitigation of related costs. In today’s competitive marketplace, disability management practitioners must bring not just life experience and motivation to the job, but they must also bring real, tangible educational credentials and skills.

Some of the areas of study within the Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program include: disability management theory and practices, the related ethical and legal aspects of disability management, program development and maintenance, data management, program communication and marketing, management of mental health disabilities, management of disability claims with strong psychosocial overtones, and prevention strategies. The program addresses the requisite skills needed by disability management practitioners, such as: communication and interviewing skills, leadership, case and claim management, return-to-work planning, consulting, project management, risk management and risk communication, outsourcing, program evaluation and improvement, and career development.

The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program not only adds to your existing Disability Management knowledge and skills, as well as in the field of disability management, increase your critical thinking skills, and help to position you to assume a leadership role within your workplace, as well as in the field of disability management.

The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program’s online curriculum will challenge you academically, develop you professionally, and prepare you for further career opportunities as they become available.

Learning Environment and Expectations  Courses are 8 weeks in length and operate similarly to a traditional classroom setting, except that classes are online.  These live online classes are called virtual classrooms or vClasses and are scheduled at the same time (7:00 PM ET) each week for 8 weeks, and last approximately 60-90 minutes. Different courses will run on different days of the week, but the time of the class will remain consistent.  Vclasses are lead by your instructor and are interactive in that you will have the opportunity during class to communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates. In addition to your online classroom sessions, you will be expected to complete weekly assignments and readings which may require a further 4-6 hours per week.

The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program requires applicants to have access to a computer with an internet connection, and headset with microphone. A working knowledge of MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, and Internet use is required. The course is taught in English, therefore, students are required to have a relatively strong understanding of the English language and business writing.

This is an applied course, and as such, students are expected to demonstrate how the integrated disability management concepts apply to the workplace and the organizational environment.

Tuition Tuition for the Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is $7,600 CAD. Tuition is payable up-front or course-at-a-time, $950 CAD per course. More information can be found on the Tuition section of our website.  Tuition fees do not include the cost of textbooks.

Program Duration  Students can expect to complete the Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management in about 18 months, assuming they enroll in one course at a time. The DIDM program is self-directed, therefore, the completion time is up to the student. Students may choose to take two courses simultaneously which would considerably shorten the duration of the program or choose to take breaks between courses. It is completely up to you!

Benefits of Online Learning  The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program isoffered 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. Some additional benefits to online learning include:

  • 24/7 Availability – You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office, or any other location or device, with access to the Internet.
  • Accessible Learning Resources – Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via online delivery with the exception of the required textbooks which must be acquired independently. In most courses, a combination of online, self-paced instruction and online virtual classroom (vClass) sessions with classmates and the instructor is used.
  • Networking – Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, online forums and live synchronous sessions.
  • Time and Cost-Savings – Sponsoring agents realize substantial savings in training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.

Continuing Education Credits  Professional designations and certification programs in Canada and the United States include a continuing education component. For example, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals requires proof of continuing education by the holders of the CRSP designation. Similarly, those practitioners who earned a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, nursing license, medical license, NIDMAR certificates, Case Management Certificate (USA), all need continuing education credits to remain in “good standing” with their respective credential granting bodies.

The Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is granted by the University of Fredericton, a recognized educational institution in Canada. As such, the courses and programs taken through the University of Fredericton may be recognized for continuing education credit.

Prospective Students  Most disability management practitioners work in the field with little, or no, formal education in disability management. Once involved, they quickly realize that they need more knowledge and skills to be able to effectively assist management, unions, and employees. Typically, they attend conferences or take a disability management course as part of an OH&S or Human Resources certificate. This helps, but in most instances, it results in fragmented learning. The DIDM program is designed to provide comprehensive learning that can readily be applied to the workplace.  In addition to the practitioners/students listed below, there is a need for continuing education. To meet this need, the University of Fredericton has made provisions for students to take individual courses within the DIDM program. Upon successful completion, the student receives a Certificate of Completion from the University of Fredericton.

Students interested in the DIDM program tend to be:

  • Occupational Health Nurses and Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Occupational Health Physicians and General Medical Practitioners
  • Lawyers
  • Occupational Health & Safety practitioners
  • Human Resources practitioners
  • Insurance (private and public insurers) practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Ergonomists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Employee Assistance Program counsellors
  • Return-to-work Coordinators
  • Claim administrators
  • Case managers
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Union leaders
  • Management personnel
  • Insurance-carrier staff
  • Employers
  • Individuals wishing to pursue any of the above careers, or desiring to make a career change.

Prior Learning Assessment  Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, participants of the DIDM 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 DIDM office at:

University of Fredericton
371 Queen Street, Suite 101
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
E3B 1B1
Tel: (506) 454-6232 ext: 214
Fax: (506) 455-1675

To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment for each course you wish to be exempt from, there is a $150 administration fee plus a $100 exemption fee (if the exemption is granted). 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.

Program Outline  The diploma program is designed to be skill-based learning. The core courses are integral to competent practice in the field of Disability Management. The DIDM program has seven core courses, including a guided practicum, and one elective.

Diploma Core Courses
(All Required)

IDMP 311 - Disability Management Introduction

IDMP 312 - Disability Management Essential Program Elements (prerequisite IDMP 311)*

IDMP 313 Advanced Concepts and Tools (prerequisite IDMP 312)*

IDMP 314 - Disability Management Professional Practice (prerequisite IDMP 312)*

IDMP 315 - Effective Communications and Interviewing

IDMP 511 - Disability Management Guided Practicum (prerequisite IDMP 313 and IDMP 314)*

SHEM 113 - Psycho-Social Hazards

Diploma Elective Courses
(Select One*)

ERG 112 - Ergonomic Foundations

SHEM 111 - Organizational Dynamics

SHEM 224 - Canadian OHS Law

Students may be granted credit for university course work in areas of study such as:

  • The Principles of Human Resources
  • The Principles of Health Promotion and Wellness
  • The Psychology of the Workplace
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Principles of Teaching-Learning
  • Human Rehabilitation

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May 8, September 4

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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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