Professional Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM)

Background and Purpose The online Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) is designed for existing safety practitioners, and is the first diploma level program offered online at this academic level. Students will find themselves stretched by new critical thinking skills, and bring a much richer professional perspective to their daily practice.

The online SHEM program will provide students with the knowledge required to develop, implement, and evaluate occupational health and safety programs and systems in the workplace. Demand for competent health and safety practitioners is increasing steadily and is forecast to accelerate in the future. In today’s competitive workforce, practitioners must bring not just life experience and motivation, but real, tangible educational credentials and skills.

The University of Fredericton’s School of Occupational Health and Safety is pleased to offer a new Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management to augment the skills and knowledge of graduates of our online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Process (CHSEP) program or recognized equivalent. Students will begin the diploma program with pre-existing skills in incident causation theory, risk assessment and physical workplace controls as typically achieved through a certificate-level program.

This online diploma will not only add to your existing skills, but stretch your breadth and depth of health and safety knowledge, increase your critical thinking skills, and help separate you from others in the Safety, Health and Environmental Management vocation.

The online curriculum will challenge you academically, develop you professionally, and prepare you for further opportunities as they become available.

Enrolment Prerequisites The SHEM program requires applicants hold a valid CRSP Designation or a University of Fredericton approved Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.  This OHS Certificate must be equivalent to a minimum of 300 hours of directly related health and safety education.  We ask that you please arrange for one of the following to be sent to the University of Fredericton:

  • An official letter or transcript confirming your completion of a health and safety certificate program
  • An official transcript confirming the completion of a minimum of 300 hours of health and safety courses
  • Your CRSP designation number

A photocopy of your certificate or transcript is not acceptable proof of completion.

It is essential that all students have access to a computer with an internet connection, headset with microphone.

Benefits of Online Learning The online Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management is the first OSH-related diploma 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.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via Internet delivery with the exception of required textbooks.
  • Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, online forums 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.

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

University of Fredericton
371 Queen Street, Suite 101
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
E3B 1B1
Tel: (506) 455-1690
Fax: (506) 455-1675

To apply for each Prior Learning Assessment, there is a $150 administration fee plus a $100 exemption fee for every 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.

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

COS4000-readers choice-OHS_diploma (004)

Certification The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is offering the SHEM diploma program as an extension of their current professional development offerings. Other professional recognitions will be posted as they are approved in the coming months. All diploma curricula are reviewed by a panel of senior safety practitioners and adult educators.

In most courses, we utilize a combination of online, self-paced instruction and online virtual classroom(vClass) sessions with classmates and the instructor. All materials are provided online, with the exception of textbooks, which must be acquired independently or online at the University of Fredericton’s online bookstore.

Program Outline and Courses

This diploma program has six core courses and two electives. Students may choose the electives that interest them most.

Diploma Core Courses
(All required)

SHEM 111 - Organizational Dynamics

ERG 112 - Ergonomics Foundations

SHEM 113 - Psycho-Social Hazards

SHEM 114 - Environmental Management

SHEM 115 - Risk Assessment

IDMP 311 - Disability Management Introduction

Diploma Elective Courses
(Select two)

ERG 221 - Advanced Ergonomics (prerequisite ERG 112)*

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

IDMP 315 - Effective Communication and Interviewing

SHEM 222 - Modern Training Systems

SHEM 224 - Canadian OHS Law


Tuition and Schedules

Program Duration Students can expect to complete the online Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management program in about 16 months assuming they enroll in one course at a time. Students may choose to take two courses simultaneously which would shorten the duration of the program.It is completely up to you!

The online diploma program offers courses continuously throughout the year, with new courses being offered every nine weeks. Our SHEM courses are eight weeks in length and do require attendance in online virtual classroom sessions (vClass sessions). Students will be expected to attend these weekly vClass sessions and will be required to have a headset and microphone for participation. The vClass sessions are typically held at 7:00pm Eastern Time on the same night of the week for the duration of the course.


  • Individual Courses: $950.00 (CAD)
  • Complete program cost: $7600 (CAD)

Upcoming Start Dates:

May 8, July 3

Apply Now!

Applicants are required to complete an online application form on the website. Simply click on the Apply Now button and begin the process of the application.

Request an Information Package

Learn more about us and our courses by requesting an information package online.

*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.


Have Questions? Contact us today!

University of Fredericton
The University of Fredericton is accredited. All Canadian universities are approved under their own province's Degree Grant Act. The University of Fredericton is approved by the Province of New Brunswick under Section 3 of the Degree Granting Act.
Our Office
371 Queen Street, Suite 101
Fredericton, NB E3B 1B1
Toll Free: 1-877-454-6232
Telephone: 506-454-6232
Fax: 506-455-1675