Integrated Disability Management


Certificate Program Overview


2 total


16 weeks


($950 per course)


fully online

Diploma Program Overview


8 total


18 months


($950 per course)


fully online

A few of the many benefits of Integrated Disability Management:

Through the use of a systematic and formalized learning approach, our online Certificate in Integrated Disability Management program addresses theory, strategies and industry practice of disability management. The program enables participants to attain the knowledge, skills, tools, and practical application experience, to succeed in their workplace as a Disability Management Practitioner.


The 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.

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UFred's Online Ecosystem

Live vClasses

Certain courses include a vClass (virtual class), which is a live faculty-led lecture or seminar delivered weekly using the state-of-the-art synchronous courseware, WebEx. This courseware allows for interactive opportunities between faculty and students within student groups.

Online Group Work

In the business programs, students incorporate group work into their online learning. Using online platforms like Skype and Google Docs, students are able to easily meet and collaborate on documents without being hindered by distance.

Online Campus

Students enrolled in our online programs 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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IDM Course Structure & Details

Course Information
Certificate students take the first two core courses and Diploma students start with seven core courses and choose one elective. To learn more about these courses click on the arrow.

Disability Management Introduction (IDMP 311)

This course introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management, and addresses how to design, implement, and market an effective integrated disability management program.

Disability Management Essential Program Elements (IDMP 312)

This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311 and covers topics such as OH&S professionals – their roles and contributions to disability management, an overview of ergonomics, stakeholder education and training in disability management.

Advanced Concepts and Tools (IDMP 313)

This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311 and IDMP 312, and addresses topics such as risk management and risk communication in disability management, project management, outsourcing disability management services/programs, internal/external consulting in disability management, developing new or integrating existing disability management programs, prevention strategies, and toxic workplaces – how to neutralize them.

Disability Management Professional Practice (IDMP 314)

This course covers topics such as the impact of cultural diversity on disability management practices, the impact of four generations in the workplace on disability management practices, the management of mental health disabilities, management of disability claims with strong psychosocial overtones (2 sessions), IDMP – best practices, disability management practitioners – career development, and Disability Management – professionalism and certification. Participants will also be expected to deliver a 15-minute presentation to the class on a selected researched topic.

Effective Communication and Interviewing (IDMP 315)

Through effective communication and advanced interviewing skills disability managers gain critical insight into case dynamics. This course focuses on developing those important communication channels and instilling individuals with the necessary interviewing skills.

Disability Management Guided Practicum (IDMP 511)

The Guided Practicum enables learners to produce a practical, relevant program for application in their own unique working environment, or to contribute, through research or development, a new product or service to the field of Disability Management. Whether in clinical practice, a staff position, management, or self-employment role, the Guided Practicum is adaptable to the learner’s particular circumstances and needs.

Psycho-Social Hazards (SHEM 113)

Taught from the perspective of a senior social worker, this course has been adapted from one taught by this instructor at Dalhousie University over the years. Although highlighting many of the normal elements of the subject, the social orientation of the content is refreshing and helps students understand the subject from a more human, less sterile perspective.

Ergonomics Foundations (ERG 112) - Elective

This course will focus on the issues that may arise from the un-ergonomic design of the workplace. The primary concern of the course will be on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries.

Organizational Dynamics (SHEM 111) - Elective

This course will walk through the nature of work and ask the fundamental “why” do organizations exist in their current structure and how to leverage that knowledge in every aspect of management. This course looks at organizations from their outermost structures through to their innermost inherent beliefs that guide behaviours and create culture. This course offers students an opportunity to be exposed to a number of topics related to Organizational Dynamics and provides an understanding of Organizational Behaviour.

Canadian OHS Law (SHEM 224) - Elective

Taught by Canada’s leading OHS lawyer, this course will provide students with an excellent Introduction to Canadian Health & Safety Law. Students will learn the essential elements of the Canadian legal system, its application to OHS law, and the setting, communication, and enforcement of OHS legal standards.

Program Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year (CAD)

Tuition for the Certificate is $1,900 and for the Diploma is $7,600. It can be paid all at once or;


Pay by course – each course is $950.


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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Advance Your Career with UFred

UFred’s OHS programs are built to seamlessly integrate into the lives of students who are already gainfully employed full time and want to accelerate their careers and to those who are just starting.


Following the University of Fredericton’s Lifelong Learning Path philosophy, once students complete the CIDM, they may enter the advanced stream of disability management by enrolling in the Online Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management (DIDM) program.

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

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Our Certificate and Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program requires applicants have:

  • Interest or experience in Disability Management (DM) 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

IDM Start Dates

Application Deadline Course Start Date
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020

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