Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Systems


Program Overview


13 total


60 weeks
(14 months)




fully online

A few of the many benefits of UFred's COHSES program:

The Certificate of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Systems consists entirely of self-paced material. Students can progress through the program at any time of day from home, work or even on the road, which demands minimal compromise to one’s lifestyle.


The University of Fredericton believes that online education offers flexibility unknown to the traditional classroom model, allowing our students to study without making concessions.

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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 COHSES 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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COHSES Course Structure & Details

Course Details
All students begin the program with eleven foundational courses and two elective courses. To learn more about these courses click on the arrow.

Introduction to OSHE (OHS 100)

This course deals with extending the responsibilities of safety program policy and administration in organizational cultures. In some jurisdictions, “joint safety committees” are a regulatory requirement, while others are a vehicle to improve corporate culture and enhance mutual trust/respect across the hierarchy. Those in roles responsible for producing results for the safety program require a rich understanding of the human qualities of communication, trust, power-sharing and engagement, regardless of whether an issue is compliance- or policy-related.

Organizational Development & Behaviour (OHS 105)

This course introduces the basic concepts of management and organizational behaviour in the context of using those concepts for the strategic development of occupational health, safety and environmental processes within an organization.

Leadership & Communication (OHS 110)

Learn the language of communication, the power of ethical messaging and how thoughtful design is essential to leading in an OHS workplace. In this course, students will learn the elements of communication, the history of management models, leadership styles and how strong business relationships are fundamental to an effective OHS agenda.

Incident Investigation & Response (OHS 115)

This course introduces the basic concepts of incident causation and investigation with the intention of using those concepts for the strategic development of occupational health, safety and environmental processes within an organizational context. Students will learn how to apply the content to a wide variety of industrial and commercial settings, as well as many different types of organizations.

Safety Training: An Introduction to the Fundamental Principles (OHS 120)

People - sometimes referred to as “human capital” - are the most underused resource in the developed world. People are our most valuable resource, yet they are not often equipped with the intellectual and practical skills needed to perform optimally. In this course, students learn effective workplace training tools and the ability to implement intelligent training strategies that are key to effective leadership.

Safety Management Systems (OHS 125)

A requirement of any management system is the ability to 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 accomplish this prevention goal.

Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Control (OHS 130)

In this course, students learn several basic risk assessment tools and the skills necessary to mitigate risk proactively. Students will learn how to apply these tools by becoming familiar with the process, needed resources and practical examples for various methods. The intended outcome for these tools and skills is to foster collaboration with stakeholders to identify and prioritize workplace risks.

Law & Ethics (OHS 135)

Litigation for workplace losses can reach into the corporate boardroom, and cut deeply into the corporate treasury. This course offers the basic principles of applying due diligence, as well as compliance with health, safety and environmental standards.

Industrial/Occupational Hygiene (OHS 140)

Workplaces typically represent many unseen but highly hazardous risks, including air quality, sound pressures, temperature extremes, workstation design and more. Knowing basic identification and management principles to deal with these common workplace hazards will enable more effective health, safety and environmental management program.

Fire Management (OHS 145)

This course is meant to broaden one’s knowledge and skills in fire safety. It will cover the standards and requirements for a Fire Prevention and Management Program and a range of fire prevention, protection and suppression systems. It provides students with the foundation to carry out fire risk assessments and embed good practice based on an understanding of proactive life safety elements and reactive emergency management.

Environmental Management (OHS 150)

One of the most important challenges facing this generation is learning the skills that enable appropriate stewardship of our environment. Effective health, safety and environmental management program integrates stewardship of people, property, environment and processes into one seamless entity.

Fundamentals of Auditing (OHS 155)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an in-depth overview of the principles of auditing as well as an appreciation of audit instruments. The theory and practice of performing the essential steps of a health and safety audit will also be covered.

Guided Practicum (OHS 1000)

Upon completion of the courses (or equivalent), students will undertake an Applied Practicum. Here, students will choose from six options, including 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 OSH Program, either one of two Minerva Case studies to perform a detailed analysis or create a presentation or another similar option. The Practicum will be evaluated based on the application of context from the courses, additional research and the utility of the project. Students will be coached through the entire process, starting with a review of a proposal, and feedback at key points through the project.

Program Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year (CAD)

Tuition for the full COHSES program is $7,470 and can be paid all at once or;


Pay by course – an 8 week course is $747 and a 4 week course is $373.50.


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 that 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 pertinent 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 CRSP?

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 Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Systems (COHSES) 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.



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

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Our COHSES 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 SHEM 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.

Additional PLA Information

COHSES Start Dates

Application Deadline Start Date
April 20, 2020 May 4, 2020
May 18, 2020 June 1, 2020

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