Program Requirements

Admissions requirements

Students must complete an application form and pay the application fee of $35. APPLICATION FORM

Your seat in class is not reserved until you have paid BOTH the application fee and course fee for the Introduction course. Course fee for core and advance classes are not due until the designated registration day opens for the specific course and the student has met the required prerequisites. There are designated registration days when registration forms and fees are due for all courses in this program. Acceptance of application does not hold or guarantee your spot in the class. Completed applications can be submitted in person at our office or by mail. Please call (661) 654-2441 for hours of operation.

Requirements for completion

Students who successfully complete all courses with a grade of “credit” will be awarded a certificate. To receive a grade of credit you must complete all course work with a 72% or higher or the equivalent grade of a “C” or better. A certificate will be awarded from California State University, Bakersfield - Extended University Division after successful completion of all courses.

Required courses

Introduction to Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Introduction to Occupational Safety and Risk Management is the first course of the safety professional development program providing an educational foundation to establish the underlying competencies of common safety elements in the general industry standards.  This course covers topics to introduce the student to the occupational safety, health, and environmental industries, develop writing and basic recordkeeping techniques, and understand the fundamental general industry safety along with introducing the students to regulatory interpretation.  This course is a prerequisite course for enrollment into Core Occupational Safety and Risk Management.

Core Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Core Occupational Safety and Risk Management continues the instruction of regulatory and legislative material by reinforcing further the subjects within the general industry standards, strengthening the elements of behavior and the human factor in safety, and diversifying the regulatory instruction with a focus on agricultural, MSHA, and environmental regulations to balance the students’ understanding in safety and risk management fields.  Augmenting the students’ soft-skills by developing research competencies complement the safety and risk management readiness by preparing students to locate and discover facts for the decision-making process and promoting a safe workplace. This course is a prerequisite course for enrollment into Advanced Occupational Safety and Risk Management.

Advanced Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Advanced Occupational Safety and Risk Management concludes the instruction with a focus on construction and oil & gas industries.  Expanded concentration on workers’ compensation elements, regulatory and statute interpretation, change management techniques, and incident investigation are combined to balance the students’ understanding in safety and risk management fields.  The development of presentation skills round off the coursework in preparing students to conduct effective on-the-job safety meetings.