Certificate in Applied Ergonomics

Background and Purpose

Designed to enable workplace safety personnel and health professionals to deal with ergonomics issues that often arise in the workplace from poor design of workstations and workplaces, this comprehensive ergonomics course introduces an integrated approach to Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention using major North American ergonomics guidelines.

What does a Certificate in Applied Ergonomics student look like?

Professions and occupations having particular interest in this course:

  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Safety Advisors and Officers
  • Health and Safety Committee members
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Human Resource and Personnel Managers
  • Insurance Providers
  • Disability Managers
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Union Leaders
  • Business Managers

What will I gain?

This Certificate will equip graduates with ergonomic skills to enable them to address MSD issues in their workplace, as well as enabling effective prevention programs to minimize MSD risks.

The Certificate in Applied Ergonomics will help you to:

  • Be familiar with ergonomics requirements in various local and global jurisdictions.
  • Understand how psychological and social factors can lead to increased MSD reporting in the workplace.
  • Conduct computer workstation assessments.
  • Conduct industrial ergonomics assessments.
  • Determine risk of MSD based on task analysis.
  • Devise ergonomics risk controls using the hierarchy of risk control.
  • Create a physical demands description of a job.
  • Implement participative ergonomics projects and programs in the workplace.

Interested in your 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 enrol in the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management (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 CRSP, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and will continue with future competencies and degrees.

The Online Experience

The course is delivered completely online with weekly online classroom sessions. Students will participate in “live” and interactive seminars and conferences with experienced instructors.

Students can expect:

  • Two courses which are 8 weeks in length each plus a guided practicum
  • Virtual classes (vClasses) that are instructor-led.
  • Opportunity during class to communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates.
  • 24 hour a day, 7 days a week access to resources via the online UFred campus.


Students can expect to complete the Certificate in Applied Ergonomics in approximately 16 weeks. The Ergonomics Guided Practicum course is self-directed and does not follow a pre-set timeline. Students are encouraged to finish this course in 16 weeks.

Prior Learning Assessments

Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, potential participants of the DIDM program have an opportunity to receive acknowledged course completion for related previous learning.



Program Outline and Courses

The Certificate in Applied Ergonomics program learners will be able to initiate, implement, and document an ergonomics project, using scientifically based guidelines.

ERG 112 – Ergonomics Foundations

Ergonomics is concerned with the design of systems to optimize human well being as well as the system. Yet many Occupational Health and Safety practitioners are often faced with ergonomics issues as they deal with negative outcomes from poor physical design of workstations and workplaces. This course will focus on the issues that may arise from 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.

ERG 221 – Advanced Ergonomics

This course is designed to train sophisticated practitioners of occupational health and safety how to coordinate ergonomics activities for the prevention and reduction of musculoskeletal disorders. Using standard ergonomics assessment tools and thresholds provides participants with the skills and knowledge to conduct ergonomics assessments of computer workstations and industrial tasks, implement effective ergonomic solutions, and educate and train in ergonomics issues.

(prerequisite ERG 112)

ERG 321 – Ergonomics Certificate Guided Practicum

The practicum enables learners to produce an original and relevant ergonomics program or project for application in their own unique working environment. The major outcome is learners will be able to initiate, implement, and document an ergonomics project, using scientifically based guidelines.

Upcoming Start Dates

Application Deadline Course Start
November 29, 2019 January 6, 2020
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020

Steve Hall, Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) alumnus

“I’m a big proponent of experience; experience is huge. However, you need that academic training behind you. I believe it was the day after I was taking certain modules with UFred, I was applying that knowledge.”
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