Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes


Program Overview


12 total


1 year




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A few of the many benefits of the CHSEP Certificate:

The online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) is the product of extensive collaboration with OSHE professionals in the workplace. This collaboration 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.


The online CHSEP program is unique among other OSH certificate programs. 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.

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UFred's Online Ecosystem

Fair Pricing

Our 100% online environment means low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity. With no bricks and mortar campus to maintain, our low overhead translates to cost savings for our students.

Freedom to Learn

The open registration format of the CHSEP program frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the flexibility to learn when it best suits your schedule. Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via internet delivery.

Online Campus

Students at the University of Fredericton receive the same high-quality education, networking opportunities and collaboration obtained from an on-campus program. Students interact with professors and peers on an ongoing basis.


UFred offers online resources for its students to take advantage of, including a library and bookstore to assist in the efficiency and learning of each program. In addition, personal support is provided through the presence of UFred advisors, peer support and instructor office hours.

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Each potential student is provided personal guidance and support through the presence of a UFred recruitment advisor. For more information about the University or to contact one of our advisors, click on a button below.

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CHSEP Course Structure & Details

Course Details
Certificate students take six foundation courses, CHSE 400, CHSE 800 and four electives. Applied Certificate students simply replace an elective with a Guided Practicum. To learn more about these courses click on the arrow.

Foundation Courses

Management and Organizational Behaviour (CHSE 0100)

Organizations "think" and "feel", just like individuals. It’s not enough to simply speak the language of management. Effective interaction now demands that one is able to think from a management perspective.

Incident Causation and Investigation (CHSE 0200)

What an organization believes about the causes of accidents drives the corrective actions they take or don’t take. Traditional causation models focus largely on unsafe acts and conditions. These models often result in labour/management confrontations with management blaming workers and workers blaming management. In this course, students learn a systems failure model that engages all stakeholders, and shifts from a blame-based approach to a more progressive and effective accident causation belief system.

Risk Assessment (CHSE 0300)

This course examines several basic risk assessment skills and tools that enable employees closest to risks to deal with them proactively. Learners will also discover how to apply these tools by becoming familiar with the process, needed resources and practical examples for each method.

Approaches to Safety Management (CHSE 0700)

A fundamental requirement of any management system is the establishment of means to adequately prevent losses to the organization’s resources. In most jurisdictions, a primary focus of any safety program is compliance with regulatory standards. This is typically an ineffective approach to reducing workplace losses. The field of health and safety has matured and offers a variety of approaches to accomplishing this prevention goal.

Occupational Hygiene (CHSE 0900)

Knowing basic identification and management principles to deal with common workplace hazards will enable much more effective health, safety and environmental management program.

Environmental Management Foundations (CHSE 1205)

Without question, we must all learn new skills to enable appropriate stewardship of our environment. An effective health, safety and environmental management program integrates stewardship of people, property, environment and processes into one seamless entity.

Advanced Courses

Effective Workplace Training (CHSE 0400)

People – sometimes referred to as "human capital" – are the most under-utilized resource in the developed world. People are our most valuable resource, yet we often do not do a good job of equipping them with the intellectual and practical skills they need to perform optimally. We believe that effective workplace training tools – and the ability to implement intelligent training strategies – are key tools for effective leadership.

Due Diligence and Compliance (CHSE 0500)

Litigation for workplace losses can reach into the corporate boardroom and cut deeply into the corporate treasury. Basic principles of applying due diligence and compliance with health, safety and environmental standards are provided.

Total Quality Management (CHSE 0600)

TQM embodies the goal of continuous improvement with the spirit of empowerment, which are primary shifts required in the emerging economy. Effective health, safety and environmental leadership programs will recognize and apply the strengths of TQM to address issues in those work areas.

Ergonomics Foundations (CHSE 0800)

This course focuses on resolving issues that may arise from the design of a workplace that is not ergonomic. It provides practical processes, tools and understanding for preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries.

Workplace Wellness (CHSE 1000)

Many variables in our lives and our workplaces impact that state of wellness. Understanding those variables, and having some tools to manage their impact, are key to A highly effective health, safety and environmental management program.

Program Ownership and Motivation (CHSE 1100)

Traditional health, safety and environmental management programs are owned by senior management. Organizational cultures are undergoing massive changes and traditional approaches no longer apply in many sectors. Effective health, safety and environmental management programs are driven by all stakeholders that are impacted by them. In most cases, this means that those on “the shop floor” must learn new process skills to enable their participation. As well, managers must learn to develop high-trust relationships with employees and to develop and create a working environment where these new skills are consistently expected and rewarded.

Environmental Management Applications (CHSE 1210)

A continuation of CHSE1205: Environmental Management Foundations, this course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to initiate and maintain an environmental management program. The focus in this course is on the management of specific environmental hazards and the common tools and processes used in environmental management.

CHSEP Independent Study (CHSE 1300)

This elective option is for learners who wish to drill down into a topic to meet personal learning needs specific to their own operational environment. In this course, students establish their own learning goals, review text(s) and journal articles related to their learning goals and write a paper outlining what they’ve achieved. Supervision is provided through each of these phases. The final grade is weighted to recognize efforts in each of the tasks.

Emergency Planning (CHSE 1500)

Workplaces can be dangerous places. Risks from within and without can result in a serious loss of life, property and process interruption. A reasoned carefully planned emergency response plan is like a fire extinguisher. You hope and pray you’ll never need it, but if you do, it has to work properly at that moment. This course equips learners with the basic tools needed to design and implement a practical emergency planning program in any setting.

Guided Practicum (CHSE 2000)

Upon completion of five Advanced courses (or equivalent), learners wanting to earn their Applied CHSEP will undertake a Guided Practicum. Here, students choose from four options, including the development of a comprehensive program in a particular context, a detailed program addressing a particular risk issue, development of a business case for their current OSHE Program, or another similar option. The Practicum will be evaluated on the basis of the application of content from the courses, additional research and the utility of the project. Learners will be coached through the entire process, starting with a review of a proposal and feedback at key points through the entire Practicum project.

Program Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year (CAD)

Tuition for the full CHSEP program is $7,140 and can be paid all at once or;


Pay by course – each course is $595.


There are no additional fees for international students.

In addition to tuition there is a $20 library access fee for each course.

It grants students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to our comprehensive online library resources. The online library provides students access to texts, articles, publications and additional resources.

Providing Affordable Education For Working Professionals

At UFred we know it’s possible to deliver high-quality education while still being affordable. As a fully-online university, we don’t incur the cost of building and maintaining a campus. We are 100% focused on delivering quality education and providing personal student support, advanced technologies and industry-leading instructors.

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Awards & Recognition

The School of Occupational Health and Safety at UFred was selected as a Readers’ Choice award winner in Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine. To read the full Readers Choice Awards edition of Canadian Occupational Safety, click the button below.

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Focused on Delivering Academic Excellence

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Faculty with Industry Experience

UFred has long prided itself on being a leading educator of Occupational Health and Safety professionals. Developed in consultation with an extensive number of leading OHS professionals, our programs help students learn to contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of their organizations.


Program Advisory Council

The PAC is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program-related matters such as trends in the pertaining industry, discipline or profession, learning objectives, curriculum, teaching methodology and program review.


Academic Leadership

UFred is committed to working with leaders in academia who are driven to advancing our business programs in an online environment. Our academic leadership team is constantly striving to improve our programs, find industry-leading instructors and build meaningful academic partnerships.

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Interested in the CRSP Designation?

The University of Fredericton (UFred) is excited to offer an innovative CRSP Pathway to students seeking to obtain the CRSP designation. Students would enroll in the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) and then proceed through the Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM). UFred has mapped current educational offerings to meet the requirements of the BCRSP, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and will continue with future competencies and degrees.


All About Our Students

CHSEP Program

Leelond Wettstein

Occupational Safety Worker, WorkSafeBC

The thought of starting over was defeating, but at the same time exciting…The fact that I could do my schoolwork and study on my own schedule and at my own pace was invaluable.

Emily Kerr


My experience with the program was incredible. After engaging with the course instructors and my peers, my concerns were quickly eased. There was an endless amount of support, and the online format was very convenient.

Dan Steinke

OHS & E Manager

There were weeks where adjustments were required, and the program allows for these variations. This self-discipline was a learning experience in itself and taught me to manage my time and needs.


Find out if you qualify for the program and learn more about the free application process.

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Our CHSEP program requires applicants have:

  • Interest or experience in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) practice.
  • A strong understanding of the English language and business writing.

Application Package

*Once the Online  Application form is completed, applicants will receive an email containing the Credit Card Form.

Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process, potential students of the CHSEP program have an opportunity to receive credit for related previous learning.


To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, contact the Recruitment Department by email:


An Initial assessment 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:

  • A detailed résumé*
  • 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.

What Does a CHSEP Student Look Like?

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, healthcare, OHS regulators, military, electrical and communications utilities (including nuclear facilities), transportation (road, sea and air), federal, provincial and municipal governments, retail/wholesale retailers, warehousing and distribution networks, OHS consulting, engineering, education (primary, secondary and post-secondary) and more.

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