A few of the many benefits of UFred's COHSES program:
The Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Systems (COHSES) is part of the pathway to becoming an established OHS professional. Developed for learners from mid-level managers to front-line workers in every industry and sector, it aims to provide students with the skills to communicate their plans effectively to all levels of employees.
The Certificate of Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Systems consists entirely of self-paced material. Students can progress through the program at any time of day from home, work, or even on the road, which demands minimal compromise to one’s lifestyle. The University of Fredericton believes that online education offers flexibility unknown to the traditional classroom model, allowing our students to study without making concessions.
UFred's Online Ecosystem
Our 100% online environment means low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity. With no bricks and mortar campus to maintain, our low overhead translates to cost savings for our students.
Freedom to Learn
The open registration format of the COHSES program frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the flexibility to learn when it best suits your schedule. Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via internet delivery.
Students at the University of Fredericton receive the same high-quality education, networking opportunities, and collaboration obtained from an on-campus program. Students interact with professors and peers on an ongoing basis.
UFred offers online resources for its students to take advantage of, including a library and bookstore to assist in the efficiency and learning of each program. In addition, personal support is provided through the presence of UFred advisors, peer support, and instructor office hours.
Course Structure & Details
Number of Courses
All courses in the COHSES program focus on a process-based approach to Occupational Health and Safety. The curriculum is not limited to a jurisdiction’s legislative framework; rather, it is a far-reaching collection of best practices as identified by OHS professionals from a wide range of jurisdictions and legislative backgrounds.
The course content is mapped to various frameworks, blueprints, and body of knowledge documents, using the International Network of Safety & Health Professional Organisations Global Framework as the foundation piece. The curriculum aligns with many external designation bodies, such as the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, and includes materials based on blueprints from the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and the Australian Institute of Safety and Health (AISH).
Introduction to OHSE (OHS 100)
Organizational Development & Behaviour (OHS 105)
Leadership & Communication (OHS 110)
Incident Investigation & Response (OHS 115)
Safety Training: An Introduction to the Fundamental Principles (OHS 120)
Safety Management Systems (OHS 125)
Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Control (OHS 130)
Law & Ethics (OHS 135)
Industrial/Occupational Hygiene (OHS 140)
Fire Management (OHS 145)
Environmental Management (OHS 150)
Fundamentals of Auditing (OHS 155)
Guided Practicum (OHS 1000)
Program Tuition & Fees
2020-2021 Academic Year (CAD)
Tuition for the full COHSES program is $7,470 and can be paid all at once or;
Pay by course – an 8-week course is $747 and a 4-week course is $373.50.
In addition to tuition, there is a $20 library access fee for each course. It grants students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to our comprehensive online library resources. The online library provides students access to texts, articles, publications, and additional resources.
There are no additional fees for international students.
Providing Affordable Education For Working Professionals
At UFred we know that it’s possible to deliver high-quality education while still being affordable. As a fully-online university, we don’t incur the cost of building and maintaining a campus. We are 100% focused on delivering quality education and providing personal student support, advanced technologies, and industry-leading instructors.
Focused on Delivering Academic Excellence
Faculty with Industry Experience
UFred has long prided itself on being a leading educator of Occupational Health and Safety professionals. Developed in consultation with an extensive number of leading OHS professionals, our programs help students learn to contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of their organizations.
Program Advisory Council
The PAC is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program-related matters such as trends in the pertinent industry, discipline or profession, learning objectives, curriculum, teaching methodology, and program review.
UFred is committed to working with leaders in academia who are driven to advancing our business programs in an online environment. Our academic leadership team is constantly striving to improve our programs, find industry-leading instructors, and build meaningful academic partnerships.
Our COHSES program requires applicants have:
Interest or experience in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) practice
A strong understanding of the English language and business writing
Complete the Online Application
Complete the Credit Card Form
*Once the Online Application form is completed, applicants will receive an email containing the Credit Card Form.
Prior Learning Assessment
Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process, potential students of the COHSES program have an opportunity to receive credit for related previous learning.
To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, contact the Recruitment Department by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Initial assessment fee of $150 per course will be required. For each course you wish to exempt, there is a $100 fee and you will be required to provide:
A detailed résumé*
Transcripts from any training institutions you attended
Copies of any professional certifications you received
Syllabi from any related courses you have taken
Any other relevant documentation that provides evidence of your learning
*For consideration of learning through work experience and other background learning, you must supply a detailed résumé that includes all education and training as well as positions held and areas of responsibility for each.