OOHNA Course offerings

Seeking to improve your skills or increase your knowledge? Whatever your needs are, OOHNA’s classroom courses will be helpful and will provide you with the opportunity to apply new skills and techniques in your own work settings.

OOHNA is offering The Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety & Disability Management Course and The Working Mind Workshop.  To learn more, see below:

The Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Management

OOHNA is pleased to announce that we are delivering the Fall Course starting September 28, 2019.

This course is a 7-week certificate program designed to provide participants with an all-round introduction to the profession, ensuring they are equipped with the tools required to be successful occupational health, safety and disability management professionals.

This certificate is aimed at anyone looking to enter the field of Occupational Health and Safety, looking to expand their knowledge of disability management/WSIB/RTW, as well as those in varied occupational backgrounds.

The certificate in The Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Management will:

  • Help meet the educational “contact hours” for maintaining Occupational Health Nursing and other related professional designation certification
  • Provide formal recognition of a participant’s ability to assess actual and potential hazards in the workplace and facilitate the safe return of employees following disability or injury
  • Deliver opportunities for participants to learn new skills and knowledge
  • Help participants develop competencies necessary to identify, assess and promote health and safety programs in a variety of work settings
  • Be appropriate for individuals who are either new to the profession or more experienced

On achieving the Certificate in The Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Management, participants will be equipped with a firm foundation that includes:

  • Fundamental Elements of Occupational Health and Safety Systems
  • Workplace and Worker Assessment
  • Hazard and Risk
  • Legislative Requirements
  • WSIB / Disability Management / Return to Work
  • Problem Solving Skills


OOHNA’s instructors are seasoned occupational health and safety professionals. They have lectured at the college and university level and each instructor will teach their specialty during the course.

Course Structure:

Classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Class schedule: September 28, October 5, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9 and November 16, 2019. There will be no class on October 12, 2019 as this is a statutory holiday weekend. Attendance, case studies, class participation and a final exam are all considered when final grades are evaluated.

Course Fee & Venue:

Course fee is $1,469.00 [$1,300 + HST ($169.00)]. Course fee for participants includes professionally developed course manual, instruction, reference materials, support & assistance and assessments. Payment must be made in advance of the start of the course. Method of payment preferred is by cheque. Please make it payable to the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association and mail to 701 Evans Ave., Suite 504, Toronto, Ontario M9C 1A3. The course will be delivered at the Monte Carlo Inn-Oakville Suites | 374 South Service Road, Oakville ON L6J 2X6. Free Parking.

Questions, email them to

To register, complete the registration form which can be downloaded by clicking the Registration Form button. You can have the completed form faxed to 416.239.5462 or scanned email to or mailed with payment to 701 Evans Ave., Suite 504, Toronto, Ontario M9C 1A3.


OOHNA is pleased to announce that, with the support of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, we are one of only a handful of organizations that have been authorized to deliver THE WORKING MIND (TWM) program to employers across Ontario. 

TWM is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. After much consideration the Board of Directors have chosen the TWM over many other mental health programs given its creation is firmly routed in research, the excellent results it has received by many organizations who have implemented the program and the fact it was created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, a well recognized not-for-profit organization.

Given the rise in mental health problems within the workplace, OOHNA recognizes it is important that all leaders understand their role in helping workers to deal with mental health challenges. That is why OOHNA will be launching TWM program (Leader/Manager) at this year’s conference. Learn what TWM is about so that you can promote its implementation in your workplace and you can take your place in being recognized as your organization’s workplace mental health champion.


The cost of an Organization that sponsors a session can be as low as $150.00 plus HST per participant. To learn more or register for the course: | 416-239-6462 | Toll-free 1-866-664-6276

Attending The Working Mind helps you understand how changes in our mental health affect our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as our productivity at work. Facilitated in a comprehensive and practical manner, the learning outcomes can be applied to any workplace to help make managers and employers more aware of the signs that an employee might need support, as well as the mechanisms available to better assist them at each phase.

Marcela Killin

Chief Operating Officer, Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario

I had the opportunity to attend The Working Mind workshop presented by Drew Sousa.  The course provided fundamentals for employers in managing mental health in the workplace.  With this initiative starting more than 5 years ago, it was promising to see a standard guideline/process for employers to work with who are unfamiliar in dealing with mental health.  Drew’s format used was very easy to follow and encouraged audience participation.   I can certainly see the immediate benefits and impact for employers who consider participating in this education session.

Ron Batac, RN, COHN(C) GBA

Occupational Health Manager, Wellpoint Health Ltd.

The Working Mind workshop provided very useful information for all types of workplaces.  I really  appreciated the handout Mental Health Continuum Model reference card.  Excellent presentation!

Karen Watson, RN, BHSc(N), COHN(C), CRSP

President, Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association


Professional Development


Occupational Health Care-A-Van and Occupational Health Works announce their 2019 dates for one-day workshops and 2.5 day certification courses in the fields of both Audiometry and Spirometry in the Occupational Health Setting.

Brian Verrall, DOHS, MSc, RN, COHN(C), COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, and his expert co-instructors, have offered these workshops for over 40 years through Community College, McMaster University’s Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine Program, and now privately.

1-Day Workshops:

Audiometry and Hearing Conservation in the Occupational Setting

– October 15, in Ancaster, Ontario

Spirometry and Respiratory Health Programs in the Occupational Setting

– October 16, in Ancaster, Ontario

One-day workshops provide an 8 hour condensed overview of larger certification courses, including training in the skill of performing tests.  These are practical and informative for both the beginner looking for an introduction, or the seasoned professional looking to refresh their knowledge and skills.  Workshops are offered in Ancaster, Ontario twice a year, or on a private basis at your facility anytime throughout the year.  A Certificate of Attendance is issued upon completion.  A light breakfast, full lunch, refreshment breaks, materials, and parking are included. Cost is $335 per workshop.  Private workshop pricing starts at $1,500.

Certification Courses:

Become a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC), by attending a CAOHC-approved, 20-hour (3 day) course, and passing the written and practical exams given upon completion.  To learn more or register: 


For more information, please contact Alison Moore, at or visit

CRSP Exam Prep Course
The CSSE offers the state of the art CRSP Exam Prep Course for those people contemplating taking the examination portion of the registration process. For more information, please visit:

CRSP Preparation Courses also available through the Institute for Quality, Safety & Environmental Management Ltd. IQSEM Ltd. Instructor: Dr. Peter Strahlendorf. For more information, please visit their website at

National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR)

The certification examinations for the professional designations of Certified Disability Management Professional and Certified Return to Work Coordinator. Please contact the Canadian Certification Council:

4755 Cherry Creek Road
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 0A7
Tel.: 778-421-0821 OR Fax: 778-421-0823
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The continuing education modules previously offered by NIDMAR are now being offered by Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS). The University offers the first Bachelor of Disability Management degree and an Advanced Certificate in Return to Work.
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