Program Overview

The Occupational Safety Certificate program is designed for individuals who aspire to become safety professionals. An occupational safety specialist’s target goal is to ensure safety in the workplace. These individuals are able to analyze work environments and the procedures. Safety specialists analyze a work place based off of the components of health, safety, and the environment. These professionals are typically qualified to create, implement, and analyze disease, injury, and environmental damage prevention programs.

The curriculum consists of 18 credit hours and covers a wide variety of topics. Students will receive training in safety, environment management, health, fleet safety, and emergency preparedness. Through coursework, participants will gain the ability to assess risks, control hazards, and prevent as well as provide protection from fires. Individuals who wish to work in occupational safety must have a full understanding of how to use personal, protective equipment while working in harsh environments. Those who are employed in this field are often an asset to promoting industrial hygiene and the well being of the workers and the environment.

Upon completion of this program, graduates may work in environments such as factories, mines, offices, industrial sites, and various other settings. The courses offered through this certificate program may be completed online. The online format provides a great deal of flexibility for students who are already employed. Many individuals pursue this program in order to change their careers or advance within their current ones. Graduates should have acquired the knowledge they need to be successful in the safety and security field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    San Juan College was founded in 1956 as the Farmington Branch of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, in accordance with statutes of the State of New Mexico. In 1958, the name was changed from Farmington Branch to San Juan Branch, NMSU. This name better indicated the area served by the branch. The school became San Juan College in 1982.

    San Juan College offers associate's degrees and certificates from the following schools:

    • School of Business
    • School of Energy
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Humanities
    • School of Science, Math and Engineering
    • School of Trades and Technology

    Several degrees and certificates are available in fully online formats through the distance learning program.


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