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College of Extended Learning

Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS)

Transform your career

  • Designed and taught by renowned industry experts
  • Comprehensive curriculum and training that align with industry standards
  • 100% online and self-paced
  • Register for courses individually or the entire program
  • $625 per course or $6,875 for the entire program

Our Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) program offers a dynamic learning experience that prioritizes practical process skills, unlike others that focus exclusively on technical content.

The COHS program is tailored to cater to diverse needs, from current OHS practitioners aiming to enhance their credentials to individuals contemplating a career shift and newcomers wanting to enter the field.

Learn more about COHS & register

About us

UNB is the proud recipient of the 2023 Readers’ Choice award. Readers of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine voted UNB one of the top three educational institutions in Canada for its Occupational Health & Safety programs.

Common questions for new students

UNB's online Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, a 506-hour self-paced and online program, has been designed to help practitioners from varied backgrounds develop the broad base of competencies needed to be effective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of occupational health and safety programs and systems. As well, many people looking for a career change take the COHS program to prepare for entry into the field.

This certificate has also been specifically designed to prepare you to write the CRST® or CRSP® exam to become a Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST®) or a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP®) as granted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).

NOTE: This program meets the CRST® educational requirement for program hours, however, successful completion of the COHS and DOHS programs is required to meet the educational hours required to write the CRSP®.

There are no prerequisites for the COHS program. You are free to register at any time and will be able to start studying within one business day.

Each course is comprised of a number of modules/chapters and there are quizzes at the end of each module. You will also be expected to complete one assignment for each course, which is submitted as uploads in your learning platform.

NOTE: The course called "Health and Safety Program Basics" is made up of 11 modules. This is a single course and is not the full certificate program.

Course clusters identify those courses falling under specific over-arching topic areas. There are three "clusters" of courses in the COHS: Fundamental, Management & Leadership and Specializations.

Fundamental Cluster

  • Health and Safety Program Basics
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene
  • Legislative Compliance and Corporate Responsibility

Management & Leadership Cluster

  • Management of Health and Safety Systems
  • Management, Leadership, and Organizational Behaviour
  • Risk Management and Risk Communication

Specializations Cluster

  • Accident Causation Theory and Incident Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • Fire Prevention and Protection
  • Ergonomics
  • Auditing OHS Management Systems

An overall grade of 70% is required to successfully pass each course. The grade will be based on quiz results and the assignment grade. Weighting of each item is available within the important course information in the D2L learning platform.

Each course involves approximately 46 hours of student engagement (i.e. time spent with your studies).

You have a target of 10 weeks in which to complete a course but may complete in less or more time, according to your own schedule.

Similarly, the self-paced nature of the COHS allows you to complete the certificate according to your timeline. This means that while some people may take up to two or more years to complete the program, others may complete it in as little as six months.

Life happens and sometimes we just need a little more time. We have you covered! If you need extra time to complete your course you can submit an Extension Request.

You may have taken courses that match our COHS courses, or you may hold a designation such as the NCSO, the CSC, HSA, etc.

If so, you can apply for credit of up to five (5) UNB COHS courses through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), which contains a list of courses that have been previously assessed and the PLA application form.

You can purchase courses one-by-one at a cost of $625 per course, or pay for the entire program upfront for $6,875. There are no additional fees or textbooks required.

Upon completion, certificate holders will meet the formal education requirements for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST®) by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental work experience and professional development requirements must also be met to be eligible for certification.

If you plan to seek the CRSP® designation (Canadian Registered Safety Professional®) you will need to complete both the COHS program and the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) to meet the requirement for formal OHS education hours.

The COHS program is open-entry and asynchronous, which means you can register and start the program at any time.

Register now

After you click the "register now" link, you will be taken to a new web page. If you have never taken a COHS course, we recommend starting with the course called Health and Safety Program Basics unless you have applied for prior learning.

The COHS program is open-entry and asynchronous, which means you can register and start the program at any time.

Register now

After you click the "register now" link, you will be taken to a new web page. If you have never taken a COHS course, we recommend starting with the course called Health and Safety Program Basics unless you have applied for prior learning.

Our OHS programs are not recognized by student loans as they are offered asynchronously, without fixed start and end dates. However, you may be able to obtain funding through alternate routes, including:

  • UNB Awards and Scholarships
  • Student line of credit through your bank
  • RESP's (Registered Education Savings Plan) or RRSP's - you will need to check to see if your registered plan allows for this
  • Employment Insurance

A sponsorship can take many forms. As an example you may be sponsored by your employer, a case manager through a retraining program, or through a third-party group such as WorkSafe.

In order to send a formal invoice to your sponsor, please have your sponsor complete this online Invoice Request Form or email a copy of your PO to our office at customerservice@unb.ca. The PO must have the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Course name
  • Payment amount (Payment options: $625 per course or $6,875 for entire program)
  • Sponsor's mailing address
  • Sponsor's contact name, phone number, and email address

If you have a sponsor for your course/program registration, and do not already have an account in our registration system, please create one at our UNB Professional Development Student Portal .  Under “I need an account”, enter your email address (this will be your login/user ID, defaults to all lower case). Once you have completed your profile, you will receive a link to create your password. This link expires within 30 minutes.

Our office will match up the PO or submitted invoice request form from your employer to your account and process your registration. Unless otherwise indicated, we will register you into your first course, which will begin immediately.

Common questions for current students

If you are ready to register and submit payment for your next course you can use our online registration portal.

If you have prepaid for your courses or are sponsored, you can send an email request to our team at customerservice@unb.ca or call us at 1-888-259-4222, option 2.

Life happens and sometimes we just need a little more time. We have you covered! If you need extra time to complete your course, please submit an Extension Request.

Visit your student portal and log in using your username and password. Once you are logged in you will see options listed on the left-hand side for transcripts, receipts, and T2202 forms.

For your T2202, please ensure that you have selected the appropriate tax year then you can download or print the tax receipt.

Yes, of course you can. To reactivate an expired course, complete the Expired Course Form and our team will re-register you so that you can pick up where you left off.

If you have been inactive for a length of time, your access will close down. To reactivate your access, you will need to register in a new course.

Congratulations! Please follow these steps to access a digital copy of your certificate:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal
  2. Click "My Certificates" on the left-hand side of the page
  3. Select the "Print" button beside the certificate
  4. Review and save the downloaded copy of the certificate for your records

We've made it easy for you to connect with your instructors. In your D2L you will find your instructor's email address on the About Your Instructor page. Copy that address then click on the "Email" tab in the top taskbar. Your instructor will respond to you in the manner you indicated in your email (i.e. email communication or a telephone call).

Contact us

customerservice@unb.ca | Toll free 1-888-259-4222