OHS Post-Secondary Program Accreditation

Accreditation of OHS Post-Secondary Education Programs

In 2018, a task force was created through an initial collaboration of BCRSP and CSSE to develop a framework for occupational health and safety program accreditation, including standards, processes, structure, and priorities.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the time-limited approval granted by a non-governmental agency of an educational program or institution offering services according to defined standards. 

What is the OHS Education Accreditation Standard?

  • The standard includes requirements that demonstrate the delivery of a quality OHS education program. 
  • Standard requirements allow education programs to evaluate the quality and credibility of their education.
  • With respect to the independence and competence of OHS education programs, the standard is not prescriptive, it is flexible and allows for uniqueness between programs.
  • Requirements indicate what needs to be in place to achieve quality learning outcomes and it is up to education programs to determine how they will arrive at those outcomes.
  • The draft standard includes eight foundational sections concerning:
    • Leadership and administration
    • Program Information and Admissions
    • Facilities and Learning Resources
    • Student Services and Support
    • Human Resources
    • Curriculum 
    • Student Assessment
    • Quality improvement and Evaluation
  • When an education program is accredited, it will mean that they have shown us that they meet the standard.  
  • Students can be assured that they will receive a quality education in an accredited program.


We will be opening applications for accreditation in the near future, please watch this space for more details.