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Occupational Hygiene Certificates

Program News!

UIC is now recognized as an “approved training provider” by the Occupational Hygiene Training Association! Participants will have the chance to complete the training modules of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA). For more information click here.

Certificate from the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Participants will receive a "Certificate of Successful Completion" for each continuing-education course. After completion of all three courses, participants will receive the "Global Certificate in Occupational Hygiene Practice" from the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Recognition by the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA)

In our Occupational Hygiene Program, we will cover the content of the following modules from the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA):

  • W501 Measurement of Hazardous Substances
  • W503 Noise - Measurement and its Effects
  • W505 Control of Hazardous Substances
  • W507 Health Effects of Hazardous Substances
  • W506 Ergonomics Essentials

We are also developing two new courses in collaboration with OHTA:

  • New OHTA Module: Control Banding and Hazards Control Practice
  • New OHTA Module: Management and leadership in OHHS

In June 2011, the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) recognized UIC as an “Approved Training Provider” for their learning modules! UIC is currently the only provider that offers the OHTA modules online.

Participants will receive recognition for the five OHTA modules once they pass our Occupational Hygiene Program successfully. The recognition of the new modules on “Control Banding” and on “Management and Leadership” is under review.

The complete OHTA modules W501 Measurement of Hazardous Substances, W506 Ergonomics Essentials and W507 Health Effects of Hazardous Substances are part of the “Foundations of Occupational Safety, Health and Hygiene Practice” course.

The complete OHTA modules W503 Noise - Measurement and its Effects and W505 Control of Hazardous Substances are part of the“Occupational Hygiene and Engineering Risk Control” course.

The new OHTA modules “Control Banding and Hazards Control Practice” and “Management and leadership in OHHS “ are part of the “Foundations” and “Management of Occupational Safety, Health, and Hygiene Programs" course.


Participants will build their OHTA-required "Personal Learning Portfolio" (PLP) while they work on the assignments during our Program.

Please note that access to Industrial Hygiene equipment is necessary to complete the practical exercises and OHTA requirements! The OHTA modules and the PLP are both required to be able to sit for the examination for the “Global Occupational Hygiene Certificate, Intermediate Level” of OHTA after successfully finishing our program. See for more details on the examination process.

According to the current status of our discussion with OHTA, participants will need to:

  1. Successfully complete the Global Certificate Program in Occupational Hygiene Practice
  2. Enroll for and successfully complete a project in Occupational Hygiene. Additional fees for instructor support and coaching apply.
  3. Complete a "Personal Learning Portfolio" that demonstrates that the participant has applied her or his knowledge in Occupational Hygiene in practical situations. Major parts of this portfolio will consist of the assignments that the participant will produce during the program. The candidate may be asked to attend an interview (either in person or via phone or videoconference). See required regulations of OHTA.

To conduct a project in Occupational Hygiene, participants need access to some occupational hygiene instruments. Examples are: sound level meter, air sampling pumps and equipment together with air sampling analytical services, climate measurement instruments (anemometer, wet bulb globe thermometers). For this distance-education program, UIC cannot provide these instruments to participants. Not all of these instruments are required for each project.


Curious about certificates in the "Global Program Occupational Health Practice"? Learn more here.

"After this course I realized that I can change the lives of my staff, colleagues and patients practicing occupational health in a complete, ethical and current manner. Also I feel I can contribute my company by helping create a better place to work."

Dra. Marcela Ramirez
Occupational Medical Doctor, Costa Rica

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