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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 and safer 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. This program combines on-site courses and synchronous virtual learning courses.

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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How to Apply

Engineering Technology

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


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2023

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

Program of Study for 2021-22 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 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 2
LDC 1000 Ethical Leadership 3
OHS 1012 OHS Management Systems 3
LAW 1031 Employment Law 3
IND 1062 Indigenous Perspectives on Care 3
HEA 1051 Health and Wellness 3
CHM 1256 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 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
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 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 1021 Operational Safety 5
OHS 1019 Introduction to Process Safety 3
OHS 1020 Emergency Planning and Mgmt 3
Semester 5
FPL 1000 Field Placement 7
 Total Credits92


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. Any voluntary student certification will have additional fees. 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

  • 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.

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