Certificate in Ergonomic Program Management (100% Online)


This program has been created for individuals who are responsible for an occupational health and safety program and/or the creation and management of an ergonomics program for their company or organization. Graduates of the program will acquire the skills necessary to: (i) incorporate ergonomics into their occupational health and safety program; (ii) develop an ergonomic program appropriate for their workplace; (iii) identify risks factors in their workplace that place employees at risk of injury and develop solutions to reduce the risk; (iv) cost justify ergonomic initiatives to management; and, (v) assess the effectiveness of ergonomic interventions to improve their company or organization's bottom line. The increasing need for due diligence in preventing accidents and injury while demonstrating financial benefits in doing so puts great importance on the establishment of an effective ergonomics program within any health and safety program.

Certificate requirements

Each of the four courses in the certificate program is four weeks in length. Each week students will have to complete reading assignments and review a case study. Students will be required to answer questions related to the case study that will form part of their overall grade for each course. The final assignment for each course, which accounts for 40% of the grade, is given at the conclusion of the fourth week. It will require participants to use the tools and information that are discussed and used during each course to conduct a hazard assessment at their place of work. To fulfill the Certificate requirements, students must achieve a score of at least 60% for each of the four courses.

Required courses

* This is a prerequisite to all the other courses in the Certificate in Ergonomic Program Management.

Who should take this program?

This certificate program has proven to be very beneficial to health & safety co-ordinators, OH&S nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, industrial hygienists, engineers, managers and supervisors who are responsible for occupational health & safety within office spaces, manufacturing operations, processing industries, business service sectors, transportation industries, and health-care facilities.


The total cost for the program is approximately $3180. The program is HST exempt and fees include the cost of all course materials.

Admission with advanced standing

An exemption of one course may be granted for individuals who have successfully completed a course assessed as being equivalent to a course in this program. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Program Director and include details of the training and mark achieved. Training should be taken within the last five years and a mark of no lower than 60% must have been achieved.

Dual-credit status

By completing this program, participants will gain two elective credits in the College of Continuing Education's Certificate Program in Occupational Health & Safety Management. Should the participant wish to enter the OH&S Management Program they would be required to complete only the six core courses out of the normal eight course requirement.


David Chiasson, M.Sc., CPE
David works for Ergonomic Systems Associates Inc. (ESA). ESA is Atlantic Canada’s leading human performance consulting company specializing in Ergonomics. David has over eighteen years of experience helping corporations and government departments improve their performance. He has done this by helping companies identify design issues that lead to poor performance and injury while working with them to develop and implement practical and effective solutions that improve the design, set-up and organization of work systems, spaces, equipment, and tasks. David has a Master of Science degree with specialization in Ergonomics, is a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE), and is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist as awarded by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).