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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be primarily delivered online for the fall semester, although one course will have some in-person labs. Students will be expected to attend campus to complete those labs.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted from October 1st* to April 4th.*

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • General work experience (minimum of five years)*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

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

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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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 enroll 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 TE 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.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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 Human Biology for Occupational Health and Safety 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.


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 BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Contact Us

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Head, or call 604-456-8123.

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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
Occupational Health & Safety Associate Officer, Triumf
BCIT Occupational Health & Safety graduate


The BCIT Occupational Health & Safety Program teaches hands on and real-world safety. I learned by doing, not just from a textbook, setting me up for a summer job and then an amazing full-time position with a mining company.

Meghan MacLean
BCIT Occupational Health & Safety graduate 2011


The BCIT Diploma is a recognized level of education in the OHS field and has allowed me to progress from an entry-level position to roles in senior management. I am currently employed as a Health and Safety Manager on a $1B+ construction project, and I credit the OHS Program in helping me achieve my goals.

Peter Willard Knight
BCIT Occupational Health & Safety graduate 2006