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

Winter Registration is now FULL. Spring Registration is still open for 2021! 

This course is a 40-hour 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. This course can be used towards Mohawk College’s Occupational Health Nursing Program.

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:

Class schedule – two options are available (both sessions will be held virtually):

WINTER SESSION: Every Thursday starting from February 4th – April 8th, 2021 from 6:30-9:30 pm.  SESSION IS FULL

SPRING SESSION: Every Tuesday and Thursday from April 13th – May 27th from 6:30-9:30 pm.

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, IT support,  and assessments. Payment must be made in advance of the start of the course. The method of payment preferred is by credit card. Cheques can be made payable to the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association and mail to 701 Evans Ave., Suite 504, Toronto, Ontario M9C 1A3.

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.

As a novice, 1-year Occupational Health Nurse, I loved OOHNA’s Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Management course! The course was well structured, and the instructors were able to compact a broad range of foundational OHS information in just 7 weeks. The instructors were engaging, highly experienced, articulate, and very encouraging. The course material was well presented and organized by testable material and ‘tools of the trade’ which have become a great reference for me in my practice as an OHN. The instructors used case studies to apply the learned concepts to realistic scenarios an OHN would encounter at work. I highly recommend this course to any nurse interested in entering the field or looking to develop a broad foundation for OHS across many industries and sectors.

Einav Talia Simoni, RN

Occupational Health Nurse, North York General Hospital

The Essentials of Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Management course has truly helped me understand my role, responsibilities, and value as a future Occupational Health Nurse.

I highly recommend this course to new and seasoned nurses alike. For someone seeking a career as an Occupational Health Nurse, OOHNA is a great organization and resource.  



Dee Go, RPN

It was such a pleasure to be a student in OOHNA’s “Essentials of OHS & Disability Management” course. Over 7 weeks, this course provided a comprehensive and practical overview of occupational health & safety (OHS) and disability management in an engaging format. It was inspiring to learn from such knowledgeable and passionate occupational health nurse veterans – Pat Kent Bowman, Ruth McKillip, and Marg Creen. As a new graduate nurse, the fundamental course content and expert instructors have helped me develop the competence, skills, and confidence to succeed in my new job as an OHS professional. This course was also a great networking opportunity to meet and learn from other occupational health nurses and professionals. I would highly recommend this course to any new OHS professional or anyone interested in enhancing their foundational understanding of occupational health & safety and disability management.



Kimberley Dieu, RN

OHS Professional



OOHNA is now offering The Working Mind Workshop Virtually! Stay tuned for our next session in April!

We continue to offer private sessions for organizations. Please email for more information.

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.  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 announces their NEW VIRTUAL one-day workshops 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 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 in Ancaster, Ontario, at your own facility, or virtually (online).


VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS – one-day workshops via video conferencing platform.

  • Hearing Loss Prevention and Audiometry in the Occupational Setting
  • Respiratory Health Programs and Spirometry in the Occupational Setting


Workshops provide a condensed overview of larger certification courses.  These are practical and informative for both the beginner looking for an introduction, or the seasoned professional looking to refresh their knowledge and skills. 

A Certificate of Attendance is issued upon completion.



Become a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC), by attending a CAOHC-approved, 20-hour (2.5 day) course, and passing the written and practical exams given upon completion.  



For more information, including pricing and dates, 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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