UCT Occupational Health and Safety online course

Duration: 10 weeks (excluding orientation)

The South African Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that all local companies with more than 20 employees must have health and safety measures in place. However, many businesses don’t fully understand their legal responsibilities or know where to start when it comes to championing health and safety practices in the workplace. For this reason, occupational health and safety (OHS) officers are an indispensable part of any organisation.

The Occupational Health and Safety online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) will equip you with the skills to ensure legal compliance and create a safe, productive working environment for employees. On it, you’ll learn how to conduct risk assessments, effectively manage workplace hazards and stressors, compile an investigative report, and oversee OHS training at your organisation.

Is this course for you?


Those looking to advance their career prospects and take a lead on OHS matters at their companies will likely find this course beneficial. It’s suitable for both professionals who’ve been working in the areas of health and safety for some time, and those looking to break into the field. The content is also ideal for business leaders who want to ensure employee safety and satisfaction, and guarantee compliance with legislation. The online learning approach builds in both structure and flexibility, and students will receive support from tutors throughout the 10-week course.

GetSmarter is accredited by the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh), a South African Qualifications Authority registered professional body for occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals. Saiosh administers professional accreditation and industry insights for OHS professionals in South Africa. By completing this Occupational Health and Safety online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) you’ll gain locally recognised and Saiosh-endorsed professional skills.

Saiosh has accredited this online short course as meeting the academic requirements for 5 CPD points. As such, students may be eligible to qualify for Saiosh membership at a technical or associate level, depending on their years of work experience. The criteria for Technical Membership includes an accredited certificate at NQF level 5 or equivalent, as well as two years’ experience. Should students not meet this criteria, they can apply for a non-professional Associate Level Membership, which requires an NQF level 5 certificate or equivalent, and less than two years’ experience.* This UCT course is at an NQF level 5 equivalent, but is not credit bearing.