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Ontario College Diploma | 5 semesters | Barrydowne

Many industries, ranging from the resource industries such as mining and forestry, to construction, manufacturing, power generation and health care are seeking specially trained workers to support and promote healthier workplaces. The Workplace Safety & Prevention Technician program is a unique program designed to assist students in understanding current occupational health and safety legislation and then identifying, assessing, and managing risk in a variety of work environments. You will also be trained in areas of workplace wellness and human resource management.  Graduates will be able to conduct risk assessments and common 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.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 5 semesters

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) or grade 12 mathematics (U) or (C)
  • 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


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Summer 2021

Program of Study

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
CHM 1255 1  
Semester 2
LDC 1000 Eth. Leader. and Crit. Dec. Ma 3
BIO 1023 Introduction to Biology 5
OHS 1012 OHS Management Systems 3
HEA 1062 Ind Perspectives on Care 3
PSY 2700 Client Comm. & Leadership Develop 3
HEA 1051 Health and Wellness 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
OHS 1013 Ergonomics 3
OHS 1014 Risk Management 3
OHS 1015 Disability Management 3
LAW 1031 Employment Law 3
OHS 1016 Accident Prevention and Invest 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
OHS 1017 Ind. Hygiene and Toxicology 3
OHS 1018 Operational Safety 1 3
ENV 1120 Environmental Management 4
BUS 2040 Organizational Behavior 3
OHS 1021 Operational Safety 5
OHS 1019 Introduction to Process Safety 3
OHS 1020 Emergency Planning and Mgmt 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 5
FPL 1000 Field Placement 7
 Total Credits87

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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 cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as:

  • Health and Safety Technician

  • Safety Specialist

  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer

  • Health and Safety Team Leader

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.

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