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Cont Ed: new program


continuing education

Cont Ed offers new program in health, safety and the environment

When increased concerns for the health and safety of employees along with new legislation resulted in the need for more educational opportunities and credentials in Alberta, the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Certificate was born.

This new certificate, which has been introduced to the community, will graduate health, safety and environment generalists, or specialists in the areas of workplace safety, occupational health and the environment. The safety specialization is aligned with the competencies needed to obtain a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.

“In the process of developing this new certificate, we made every effort to listen to the industry. We wanted an occupational health and safety program that not only responded to current needs, but also anticipated the future,” says Carol Gerein, a program director with Continuing Education’s business and professional programs. “We went to the stakeholders. We consulted with representatives of a number of professional associations, various levels of government and employers in different industry sectors.

“We wanted to be sure that we were building a program that addressed the needs of those people who were already employed in this fast-growing field, as well as those interested in making a transition into the area.”

The planning resulted in a 300-hour program with courses taught by experts actively working in the field. Evening and weekend scheduling allows adult learners the flexibility to fit the program around the demands of a full-time job and personal commitments. Most students will be able to complete the certificate on a part-time basis in two to three years.

Generally, the program responds to the need for skilled personnel who can identify, evaluate and communicate information about workplace and environmental conditions that may adversely affect human health, and then devise and implement strategies to manage potential problems.

A detailed outline of the certificate can be found at or in the Continuing Education Fall Program Guide available on stands.