Ontario College Diploma | 5 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Technician program is designed to assist students in understanding current occupational health and safety legislation and to identify, assess, and manage risk and hazards in a variety of work environments. Many industries, such as mining, forestry, construction, manufacturing, power generation, health care, and many more, are actively seeking specially trained workers to support and promote healthier and safer workplaces. 

You will also be trained in areas of workplace wellness and human resource management.  Graduates will be able to conduct risk assessments and common industrial hygiene tests to prevent hazards and harm to workers, property, the environment, and the public. Students will also develop the skills necessary to identify and report on safety and health conditions in a workplace.

This program combines synchronous virtual and on-site learning courses throughout all semesters. It is possible to complete the majority of the program virtually, but there are some courses that you will be required to be on-site. Please reach out to the program coordinator for more information. 

Program Highlights

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Learn from experts around the province with expertise in a variety of industries
  • Complete 4 semesters of theory/labs, then gain work experience by completing a full-time placement for 7 weeks during the 5th semester
  • Placements employers include - construction, mining, chemical processing, science labs, trucking, manufacturing, government, and many others!
  • Diverse and dynamic classroom experience
  • Additional skills developed - communication, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, negotiation, conflict management, project and change management. 

Collaborative Approach

This program is delivered in partnership with Lambton and Seneca Colleges. Students are taught from faculty from all three colleges and will study alongside students from Cambrian, Lambton and Seneca. Core curriculum is shared by all three institutions which means a number of core courses will be delivered remotely through online platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Students are expected to have a personal device, such as a laptop, which will allow them to log into the virtual classroom and engage in live lectures.

Professional Certification (post-graduation)

Graduates from the Technician diploma meet the academic requirements set out by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and are qualified to write the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) examination. Successful candidates will receive the CRST designation. Upon completion of additional relevant occupational health and safety experience, graduates will be able to apply for the Board of Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification.

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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)

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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

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

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website. 

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.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The total cost of books in the program is approximately $1,500.  Any voluntary student certification will have an additional fee. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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.