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Safety and Health Specialist Certificate

In part, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. This means that safety concerns are present in all industries. This has been clear to safety professionals for years, but as the existing workforce begins to approach retirement age there is a potential shortage of qualified workers to replace them.

The Safety and Health Specialist certificate will provide a set of baseline skills in occupational safety and health essential to getting a job in the field, meeting minimum job requirements for current workers and/or advancing a career focused entirely or in part on workplace safety.


Certificate Benefits

With a Safety and Health Specialist certificate, students will gain experience and knowledge in essential occupational safety and health topics include:

  • OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction and general industry safety and health principles
  • An introduction to basic accident investigation procedures and accident analysis techniques resulting in the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective accident investigation at the workplace
  • The employer's roles and responsibilities as well as the codes and standards of fire and life safety in the workplace
  • An overview of workers compensation requirements and procedures


Target Audience

The program is intended for:

  • Students looking to enter into a career in safety (or transitioning from another field, existing military service, etc.)
  • Individuals whose current occupations require them to have a solid understanding of safety principles and prevention techniques


Demand and Job Prospects

Certificate holders may qualify for positions such as an Assistant Safety Specialist, Safety Coordinator, or Safety Technician.

Current professionals in the role of Construction Manager/Foreman and supervisors of construction laborers, Warehouse/Distribution Supervisors and others responsible for safety within an organization would also increase their career outlook.

U.S. Department of Labor projections and other industry studies show that through newly created opportunities and positions vacated due to retirement, there is a need for more than 30,000 newly trained workers by 2024.


Industry Certification

All courses offered have been approved for:

  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Certification Maintenance (CM) points
  • Board of Certified Safety Professional (BCSP) Continuance of Certification (COC) points
  • Bureau of Registered Nurses (BRN) credit


Program At-A-Glance

  • # of courses: 7 courses required
  • Total units: 11.5
  • Estimated cost: Total cost is approximately $3,000
  • Time to Complete: Can be completed in as little as three to six months, although many students prefer to take one year or more
  • Delivery: Both in-class and online courses are available to complete the certificate

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units
Required Courses (You must complete all of the courses for a total of 11.5 units.)
OSHA 510 - Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
OSHA 511 - Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
OSHA 7205 - Health Hazard Awareness
OSHA 7500 - Introduction to Safety and Health Management
Introduction to Fire and Life Safety in the Workplace
Safety Inspection Techniques
Workers Compensation for Safety Professionals

To Register in the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Certificate registration is required. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $95 Apply Now!
Contact: OSHA Training Institute Education Center, (800) 358-9206
Email: oshatraining@ucsd.edu
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