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Overview

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will start accepting applications on November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

BCIT’s Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program is the most comprehensive training of its kind in Canada. Students learn the skills they need to start a great career in health and safety, in any industry and workplace.

Our grads learn the operations of health and safety and the business side, including human resources, communication, decision-making, and leadership. This is what sets it apart from our Certificate program, which is geared to experienced individuals looking to move into health and safety roles within their existing industry.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time diploma program 
  • On-campus lectures and labs with case studies for practical workplace analysis 
  • Field work and an industry practicum give you hands-on experience 

Our program has courses in every area of workplace safety. We prepare you from day one. Click on Program Details to discover more about the OCHS Diploma program.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Enjoy working with people and teams and have an interest in leadership 
  • Care about creating safe and healthy workplaces for others
  • Are keen to build tactical and innovative thinking skills
  • Have a high school diploma or higher level of education 

Does this sound like you? See Program Entry on applying to the program.

What grads can do

BCIT delivers what employers want – skilled and driven individuals. Ninety-five per cent of our Diploma students are hired within two months of graduation. These graduates found work in a wide array of positions including safety inspection, management, planning, and training.

See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about careers in Occupational Health and Safety.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

Applications accepted November 1st** – April 4th

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

*or next business day

Step 1: Entrance requirements

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Chemistry 11 (50%)
  • Physics 11 (50%)
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (50%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (60%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (50%)

  • Attendance at an OH&S Program Information Session – online or in person. Applicants must provide the date and time of session attended in the Additional Information form.

  • Completion of the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Step 2: Department assessment

In order to be accepted to this program, all applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Recommended for success

  • It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the use of personal computers.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2015 will be accepted starting November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $956; Level 2: $640; Level 3: $524; Level 4: $745
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

We require students to obtain CSA.-approved safety footwear in the first term.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 1009 Business Information Systems 3.0
  CHEM 1115 Chemistry 1 for OCHS 5.0
  COMM 1188 Communication 1 for OCHS Professionals 3.0
  MATH 1881 Technical Mathematics for OCHS 4.0
  OCHS 1101 BC OHS Legislation 3.0
  OCHS 1111 OHS Fundamentals 2.0
  OCHS 1201 Accident Causation and Analysis 3.0
  PHYS 1288 Applied Physics 1 for OCHS 5.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1207 Anatomy and Physiology (OCHS) 2.5
  BLAW 1100 Introductory Law for OCHS 2.0
  CHEM 2215 Chemistry 2 for OCHS 5.5
  COMM 2288 Communication 2 for OCHS Professionals 4.0
  MATH 2882 Statistics for OCHS 4.0
  OCHS 2101 OHS Legislation 3.5
  OCHS 2201 Safety Program Design 3.5
  OCHS 2321 Workplace Hazards and Controls 1 3.5
  OCHS 2341 Workplace Hazards and Controls 2 3.5
  OCHS 2421 Hazardous Materials Management 3.5
  OCHS 2441 Emergency Preparedness and Response 3.5
  PHYS 2288 Applied Physics 2 for OCHS 5.5
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 3720 Business Fundamentals 3.0
  CHEM 3315 Organic Chemistry for Occupational Health and Safety 5.0
  COMM 3388 Advanced Communication for OCHS 3.0
  HRMG 3220 Industrial Relations for OCHS 3.0
  OCHS 3201 Safety System Analysis 3.0
  OCHS 3301 Occupational Hygiene 1 2.0
  OCHS 3311 Occupational Hygiene Laboratory 1 3.0
  OCHS 3361 Workplace Hazards and Controls 3 3.0
  OCHS 3521 Ergonomics 4.0
  OCHS 4421 Fire Safety Planning 3.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 4418 Industrial Chemical Processes 4.0
  CHSC 1488 Engineering Concepts for OCHS 4.0
  COMM 4488 Writing Safety Program Reviews 4.0
  HRMG 3060 Human Resource Management OCHS 2.5
  OCHS 3621 Disability Case Management 3.5
  OCHS 4201 Safety Program Review 1 3.5
  OCHS 4221 Safety Program Review 2 3.5
  OCHS 4301 Occupational Hygiene 2 4.0
  OCHS 4311 Occupational Hygiene 2 Lab 4.0
  OCHS 4361 Occupational Diseases 3.5
  OCHS 4441 Fire Safety Systems 3.5
  OCHS 4521 Environmental Management 3.5
 
Total Credits: 148.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The science-oriented diploma program combines studies in safety, health, engineering and business. This ideal combination prepares the student to understand the potential safety and health hazards of the work environment, as well as the human relations involved in improving the workplace environment.

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.

Grading

The minimum passing grade for all safety (OCHS) courses is 70%. For students those who have taken the OCHS courses through the Certificate Program and applying for credit must have 70% in OCHS courses.

Program structure

Effective February 1, 2008, the Occupational Health and Safety Department implements the following department policy #005:

  • BCIT OH&S Diploma students registered in the 1st and 2nd levels of the diploma program may not register and enrol into 3000 and 4000 level OH&S courses through the BCIT OH&S Diploma program or the BCIT Part-time Studies OH&S Certificate program.

  • BCIT OH&S Diploma students may not take 1st and 2nd level OH&S courses concurrently with 3000 and 4000 level OH&S courses.

  • Exceptions will be considered by the Department Program Head under the following conditions:
    • BCIT OH&S Diploma Students must provide a letter to the Program Head supporting their reasons for enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses.
    • Letters of submission will be reviewed by the Department Program Head and Associate Dean.
    • Decisions will be sent to students in writing by the Department Program Head.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads get work

BCIT has a national reputation as a leader in occupational health and safety education. Employers often visit our classrooms to recruit because they know what to expect: our Diploma grads deliver amazing results wherever they are.

Occupational health and safety is a dynamic, collaborative career. Our focus on business and leadership skills gives students the tools they need to manage, implement, and drive health and safety initiatives in any workplace.

Career opportunities

Annual salary starts from $65,000 - $95,000, with contract work from $40 - $100 per hour in jobs such as:

  • OCHS coordinator
  • OCHS environmental specialist
  • OCHS officer, advisor, or manager
  • OCHS environmental or security director

Occupational health and safety careers offer room to grow. In later stages of their career, many of our grads find work in areas such as advanced leadership, human resources, and in MBA programs.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • John Beckett, BC Maritime Employers Association
  • Steve Chaplin, BC Forest Safety Council
  • Sam Chauhan, City of Surrey
  • Patrick Delaney, Petroleum Services Assn of Canada
  • Dave Earle, Construction Labour Relations Assn of BC
  • Don Johnson, Ballard Power Systems
  • Jim Lippert, Consultant
  • Andrew McKenzie, FIOSA-MIOSA
  • Brooks Patterson, Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd.
  • Mike Pearson, BC Rapid Transit Company Ltd.
  • Corrie Pitzer, ProConSafe
  • Rob Senghera, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Gail Townsley, City of Richmond
  • KatherineTull, WorkSafe BC

Contact Us

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Head, Robert_Miller@bcit.ca or call 604-451-7118.

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Testimonial

The program was a great transition from my university studies and it provided me with specialized career knowledge, skills, and abilities to be in demand for the top jobs in my industry.

Terry Sanghera
Corporate Occupational Health & Safety Manager, Paladin Security Group Ltd.
BCIT Occupational Health & Safety graduate