Certificate in Integrated Disability Management

Background and Purpose

Our Certificate in Integrated Disability Management is designed for professionals and practitioners working in the field of disability management, or who are seeking to pursue disability management as a career option. Students come into this certificate program with an interest or with workplace experience in disability management or a related field.

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Organizations become interested in disability management as a result of increased disability claim rates and costs, as well as the need to become compliant with the law.  Many disability management programs were once reactive in nature, however, the more mature and developed that disability management programs become, the better they are at recognizing that disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and cultures of organizations. Like other business functions, competent professionals and practitioners are needed to govern, steward, and lead companies’ disability management programs.

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.

What does a Certificate in Integrated Disability Management student look like?

Our online Certificate in Integrated Disability Management program is designed for professionals working in a range of occupations. All of these professionals have a need for disability management in their organizations. Our unique certificate program will assist these practitioners in advancing their careers.

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.

Some of the common occupations held by students include:

  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Human resources and personnel managers
  • Workers’ compensation and private insurers
  • Union leaders
  • Business managers
  • And more

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

Our Certificate in Integrated Disability Management program requires applicants to have access to a computer with an Internet connection, and a headset with a microphone. A working knowledge of MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, and Internet use is required.

This is an applied program, and as such, students are expected to demonstrate how the integrated disability management concepts apply to the workplace and the organizational environment.

The course is taught in English, therefore, students are required to have a relatively strong understanding of the English language and business writing.

Students can expect:

  • Two courses which are each 8 weeks in length
  • Virtual classes (vClasses) that are scheduled at the same time in the evening each week for 8 weeks, and last approximately 60-90 minutes.
  • Opportunity during class to communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates.
  • Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, discussion boards and live synchronous sessions.
  • Weekly assignments and readings which may require a further 4-6 hours per week.
  • 24 hour a day, 7 days a week access to resources via the online UFred campus


Students can expect to complete the Certificate in Integrated Disability Management in approximately 16 weeks.

Program Outline and Courses

The Certificate in Integrated Disability Management program is designed to provide skills-based learning. The core courses are integral to competent practice in the field of Disability Management. The program has two core courses.

IDMP 311 – Disability Management Introduction

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. 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.

IDMP 312 – Disability Management Essential Program Elements

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. 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 (2 sessions), joint labour-management support and involvement in an integrated disability management program, advanced program evaluation, legal aspects (an advanced perspective) of disability management, and effective workplace attendance support and assistance programs.

(prerequisite IDMP 311)

Upcoming Start Dates

Application Deadline Course Start
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020
July 31, 2020 August 31, 2020

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