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Why ODU for an occupational safety certificate?

Take the first step to a new career or enhance your qualifications with ODU's online certificate in occupational safety.

Occupational safety professionals help employers create safe and healthy work environments. You'll also provide guidance for employee safety standards, such as those set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Plus, your skill set will include recommending procedures and equipment to reduce accidents, health claims, legal actions, and property damage.

This certificate can be taken by itself, but it is also a popular addition to majors in:

The four courses in this certificate may also help you study for credentials from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours (four courses)
    • Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
    • Occupational Safety Standards, Laws and Regulations
    • Occupational Safety and Health Program Management
    • Physical Hazards and Their Control

If you have transfer credits that may apply to this certificate, you must complete at least six credit hours (two courses) at ODU in order to be awarded this certificate from ODU.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Who should take this certificate?

Occupational safety is an important area of knowledge for professionals in any field that affects employee health and safety, such as engineering, business management, and industry.

ODU's undergraduate certificate in occupational safety can be taken by itself for professional development or as an enhancement to a bachelor's degree.

In addition, the courses in this certificate may be used to study for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$360 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

The courses in this academic certificate may be used to study for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

As far as ODU has been able to determine, these national credentials are valid in every state.

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How to Apply

To take this certificate by itself, you will apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student.

Already enrolled in a bachelor's program? Contact us with the form above to see how you can add this certificate to your studies. ODU students can also talk to their current advisor about taking this certificate.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.