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Occupational Safety

Career Studies Certificate

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Find satisfaction in making the workplace safer

Complete this program in as little as 1 semester

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Occupational safety professionals protect us in the workplace and in the communities where we live. Consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Occupational Safety if you want a career where safety across the board is a top priority.   

Following completion of our program, you will be prepared to become:

  •  a safety technician
  • a safety examiner for an insurance company
  • a consumer safety inspector
  • an industrial hygienist
  • a compliance/enforcement officer for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • a production specialist or a fire marshal.

Convenient and flexible evening and online classes fit your busy schedule.

Go further

Apply all the credits from this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Occupational Safety consists of 1 semester of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
19 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,521.65 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Pursue additional TCC career studies certificates in industrial technology and work toward your Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology with Specialization in Occupational Safety.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • have an aptitude for science and math
  • enjoy handling data to make decisions
  • embrace teamwork
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Hands-on labs and project-based assignments foster teamwork

Course work includes human factors and safety psychology

Night and online classes available


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Gain the marketable skills needed in today's highly technical workplace

Median annual salary

Jobs in this field have a median annual salary of $53,539*

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.