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Program delivery mode: online

  • This program will be delivered online for the coming semester.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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About the Program

The Associate Certificate in Foundations in Occupational Health and Safety program will provide the knowledge and skills needed for graduates to obtain an entry level safety position. This Associate Certificate meets the educational requirements of the National Canadian Registered Safety Technician certification

Who It’s For

  • Have a passion for safety and creating safe work environments for others
  • Enjoy working directly with people at all levels and positions
  • Thrive in a dynamic and demanding work environment
  • Have five years or more of work experience
  • Have computer skills and a high school education (recommended, not required)
  • Want to quickly start a career in safety in an entry level/technical position
  • Have the future option to earn a higher level credential to move into a management position.
  • Want the educational components required for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)

What Grads Can Do

Grads may find work with their current employer or in their current industry. Opportunities for safety practitioners are available in many industries including:

  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Forestry
  • Government
  • Municipal

Graduates will have the option to ladder into an OHS Certificate program. Completion of both programs will meet the educational requirements of the national CRSP designation.

Entrance Requirements

There is no application process for this program. Interested students will need to self-register for a course and declare into the program.

Part-time studies courses are taught assuming registrants not only have a BC Grade 12 level of English, but also have proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Courses are taught at a first-year college level and adequate communication skills are essential to succeed in the program.

Course registration

A formal application is not required to take part-time OCHS courses by distance education. Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis, one term at a time.

Please note: There is no “wait list” system for part-time studies at BCIT. Registration happens on-line on a first-come-first-served basis.

Scheduled Intakes

Part-time studies terms start in January, April, and September. Course start dates vary. Students are advised to check the BCIT website for important dates and to refer to the program matrix for individual course start dates. Plan on registering for courses early to avoid missing out on available spaces.

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

The aim of the Associate Certificate in Foundations in Occupational Health and Safety is to provide an entry-to-practice credential that aligns with the educational requirement of the national CRST designation, meets the needs of learners most of whom are retraining into the safety role, and will provide the opportunity for graduates to ladder into more advanced credentials and certification.

Graduating & Jobs

Graduates of this program will be likely to start working at an entry/technician level in the workplace. Many grads will gain employment as safety practitioners with their current employer or in their current industry.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  • David Wood, OHS Certificate Program Head
  • Nicky Land, Program Assistant
  • Bobby Sidhu, Instructor

Contact Us

David Wood
OHS Certificate Program Head

Nicky Land
Program Assistant

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