CertSHWW Safety & Health at Work

Academic Year 2020/2021

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 7 nfq)

This course is an introduction to a comprehensive range of topics relating to safety and health in the workplace including: legislation; risk and safety management; identification of physical, chemical, psycho-social, and ergonomic hazards; occupational health hazard management and occupational safety hazard management.
  • Blended learning course, delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats, with comprehensive learning materials. The online component is delivered weekly between October 2020 and May 2021. There are also four campus tutorial attendance days as follows:
    • October 2nd, 2020
    • December 4th, 2020
    •  March 5th, 2021
    • May 7th, 2021. 

Careers & Employability

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Safety and Health at Work will be able to advise management on a range of OSH issues in their workplace.  

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Certificate course is intended for working adults, i.e. managers, supervisors, safety representatives and others who have some responsibility for safety and health at work or those with an interest in safety and health in the workplace, of for those where OSH is unlikely to be their full-time role. 


The purpose of the part-time UCD Certificate in Safety and Health at Work Programme is to educate working professional adults to be capable of integrating occupational safety and health management solutions into their workplace, and of advising on up-to-date health and safety principles, practice and legal frameworks at work. 

Learning takes place in the online environment and through live face-to-face interaction with peers, tutors, and academics in UCD during workshops, held four times a year. Teaching methods include a blend of online lectures, online tutorials, discussion fora, provision of bespoke and professional resources, in addition to tutor-led problem-based tutorials in UCD.  A suite of online study supports are provided, including a weekly workbook. Teaching and continuous assessment are problem-based and work-situated. This high-quality programme is based on the values of student-support, adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, accessibility and professional relevance.  

  • Apply the principles of hazard identification and risk assessment in a low risk environment
  • Advise management on implementing the hierarchy of controls in a low-risk environment
  • Access and communicate information on a wide range of OSH hazards and risks in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative environment under which occupational safety and health is managed in Ireland
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of occupational safety and health management
  • Advise on appropriate health and safety management strategies and know when to call in professional OSH expertise
  • Be an advocate for safe working practices and a positive safety culture
  • Have developed transferrable skills that will enable them to become lifelong learners

Students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the principles of occupational safety and health management; and be able to apply the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment, and the hierarchy of controls in a low-risk environment.

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The programme is arranged in four modules:

  • Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Occupational Health Hazard Management
  • Occupational Safety Hazard Management
  • Occupational Safety and Health Project*  

* This module is undertaken in the student's own time, with comprehensive support from UCD.


Certificate in Safety & Health at Work (X285) Part Time
EU/NONEU    fee per year - € 2425

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

The UCD Certificate in Safety and Health at Work is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as the academic requirement for the Tech IOSH grade of membership. The Certificate was most recently accredited by IOSH in 2019 and is due for reaccreditation in 2024. Applicants for membership of IOSH will need to be able to demonstrate five years experience at an appropriate level in health and safety practice. Further information about the application process is available here.

For testimonials from alumni, please visit the Meet our Students page on our website.  


The following entry routes are available:

Certificate in Safety & Health at Work PT (X285)
Undergraduate Cert and Diploma
1 Years
Part Time

You apply using the UCD online application system. The final date for applications is September 22nd 2020.

Simply click here  and follow the instructions. You should upload a copy of your highest qualification to date. Please note, an online non-refundable application fee applies.