Be a leader in the workplace by specializing in risk control and safety improvement

Employers across many industries, including power generation, mining, forestry, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and more are seeking trained specialists to promote healthier and safer workplaces. You’ll learn from leading industry experts from across the province to understand current occupational health and safety legislation and to identify, assess, and manage risks and hazards in a variety of work environments.  

You’ll also train in areas of workplace wellness and human resource management. Learning will happen on campus, as well as virtually with several core courses delivered remotely in partnership with Lambton and Seneca Colleges. There is a mandatory full-time 7-week placement during the fifth semester in key industries. Graduates qualify to write the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) examination.  

Program highlights

  • Option to complete many courses virtually 
  • Delivered in partnership with Lambton and Seneca Colleges 
  • Learn from experts around the province with expertise in a variety of industries 
  • Full-time placement for 7 weeks in semester 5 
  • Grads can write the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) exam to earn the CRST designation 
  • Grads may continue their studies at Toronto Metropolitan University 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
OHD 1000 Occupational Health and Safety 3
TRN 1001 Training and Development 3
CMP 1011 Computer Applications 3
PSY 2700 Client Comm. & Leadership Develop 3
BIO 1123 Introduction to Biology 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 2
LDC 1000 Ethical Leadership 3
OHS 1012 OHS Management Systems 3
IND 1062 Indigenous Perspectives on Care 3
HEA 1051 Health and Wellness 3
CHM 1256 Chemistry OHS Fundamentals 4
LAW 1031 Employment Law 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
BUS 2040 Organizational Behavior 3
OHS 1013 Ergonomics 3
OHS 1014 Risk Management 3
OHS 1015 Disability Management 3
OHS 1016 Accident Prevention and Invest 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
OHS 1017 Ind. Hygiene and Toxicology 3
OHS 1018 Ind. Hygiene and Toxico. Lab 1 3
ENV 1120 Environmental Management 4
OHS 1019 Introduction to Process Safety 3
OHS 1020 Emergency Planning and Mgmt 3
TEC 1000 Technical Reporting 2
OHS 1022 Operational Safety 3
Semester 5
FPL 1000 Field Placement 7
 Total Credits92

Course with Lab component.


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (U) or (C)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (U), (C) or (M)
  • Any grade 11 chemistry (U) or grade 12 chemistry (U) or (C) or grade 11 biology (U) or (C) or grade 12 biology (U)

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Spring 2026

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • Health and Safety Technicians
  • Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officers
  • Health and Safety Team Leaders

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.