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Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS)

Elevate your safety leadership skills

  • Designed for practitioners with a valid CRSP® or CRST® or approved OHS certificate
  • Flexible curriculum allows you to tailor for your professional interests and goals
  • 100% online and self-paced
  • Register for courses individually or the entire program
  • $675 per course or $6,750 for the program

Comprising four core management courses and six electives, the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) delves into the essentials of business dynamics, leadership strategies, effective communication, workplace training methodologies, and decisive decision-making.

Designed to accommodate busy schedules, our Diploma program is ideal for supervisors, managers, and aspiring OHS leaders seeking to elevate their expertise. It offers a transformative educational experience, equipping you to lead with confidence in the occupational health and safety field.

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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 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) is designed for supervisors, managers, and emerging OHS leaders. It is an advanced program designed to develop leaders in occupational health and safety, with a mixture of business management and specialized technical health and safety skills.

To be accepted into the DOHS program, you must have completed a UNB-approved OHS Certificate program or hold a current industry certification such as CRST® or CRSP®.

The diploma consists of four mandatory core courses and six additional elective courses, selected from a list of nine. All courses are open-access, meaning you can register and begin at any time of the year.

Each course consists of a cumulative exam that covers all the content of the course, as well as one assignment and one reflection paper. The exam is multiple choice and the assignment and reflection paper are submitted as an upload in your learning platform.

You have 13 weeks to complete each course, which requires approximately 52 hours of student engagement. Because the program is self-directed, you have the option of studying full- or part-time.

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

Each course involves approximately 52 hours of student engagement (i.e. time spent with your studies).

You have a target of 13 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 DOHS allows you to complete the certificate according to your timeline. This means that some people may take up to two or more years to complete the program, while others 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 can purchase courses one-by-one at a cost of $675 per course, or pay for the entire program upfront for $6,750. There are no additional fees or textbooks required.

Completing the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS), and the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), will give you the formal education requirements for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP®) 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.

The first step is to submit your application and supporting documentation. The DOHS program is open-entry and asynchronous, which means you can register and start the program at any time.

Submit your application

Once you have received your acceptance, you will be able to register for DOHS courses when you are ready.

NOTE: You will need to attach a copy of your prerequisite to your application.

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: $675 per course or $6,750 for entire program)
  • Sponsor's mailing address
  • Sponsor's contact name, phone number, and email address

If you have not been accepted into the program, or were accepted prior to December 15, 2023, please submit the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety application.

You may need to create a new account in our registration system as part of the application process if you do not already have one. The email you enter will be your login/user ID (all lower case) and you will receive an email with a link to set your password. This link expires within 30 minutes.

If you were accepted into the program after December 15, 2023, and your sponsor's information has been received, our team will process the registration for your first course.

When you have completed your first course, you can request your next course by contacting our team directly at customerservice@unb.ca or 1-888-259-4222, option 2.

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.

You sure can! 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! 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.

You will receive an introductory letter the next business day with the instructions to access your course.

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

  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 diploma
  4. Review and save the downloaded copy of the diploma 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