Certificate in Health and Wellness in the Workplace

There is an undeniable relationship between health and wellness, and the workplace environment. Healthy workplaces benefit everyone: from individuals to management and the overall organization. Work-life balance and stress reduction are key factors in increasing job satisfaction, productivity and reducing absenteeism. People that are valued, respected and satisfied in their jobs have increased confidence and a greater commitment to work.

Program Overview

Workplace wellness is significantly related to mental resilience and team trust.  The Certificate in Health and Wellness in the Workplace is designed to teach you how to support your own wellness and mental health and that of your team.

You need to complete 5 core courses and 1 elective course in order to obtain the Certificate in Health and Wellness in the Workplace.

Please Note: Only one of the first two "Core Courses", Employee OR Manager Edition, needs to be completed.


Topics/key outcomes

The core courses plus one elective provide a solid foundation on how to support your own wellness and mental health and that of your team. Here is a sampling of what you will learn during the program:

  • Identify the basic signs of the most common mental health disorders in yourself and others and build communication skills to discuss wellness openly, non-judgmentally and with empathy to break down stigma and shame;
  • Understand how boundaries are used to say ‘no’  and learn six practices and tools to cultivate boundaries that serve your best self;
  • Strengthen your resilience and wellbeing by increasing self-awareness, mental clarity and focus and explore strategies to better manage physical, mental and emotional wellbeing;
  • Identify the external and internal sources of stress and ward off stress and negative energy around you; and,
  • Learn how to work with difficult emotions, the importance of mindfulness of body, feelings and mind, and nourishing practices of self-compassion, loving kindness and mindful speech.


Certificate Requirements

Please Note: Only one of the first two "Core Courses", Employee OR Manager Edition, needs to be completed.



What is the certificate good for?
The certificate assures employers and potential employers that you have met or exceeded the standard they are looking for and are committed to continuous learning. The certificate is issued by the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute, a trusted training provider preferred by many federal government departments as well as public and private sector organizations. The Institute wins respect and acclaim for its cutting-edge learning programs, the exceptional calibre of its trainers, and its real-world focus.

The certificate program is a non-credited certification. It cannot be used towards a degree and is not equivalent to any other professional certification.

How much does it cost?
You register and pay for each course individually. There is no additional charge for the certificate.

How long will the program take?
You have three years from the start date of your first course to complete the certificate program. Provided you complete all courses within three years, you can pace your learning as you wish.

Is there a final exam?
No. However, participants must fully attend all courses of the program in order to obtain the certificate.

Are there any admission requirements?
No. Enrollment is open to everyone.

How do I register for the program?
Begin by registering for any of the courses that make up the program. You will be asked for proof of completion of the required courses, so make sure you keep your certificates from each course. If you have any questions before beginning or as you progress through the program, contact the office at 613-562-5802