Earn your ergonomics certificate online
Obtain the skills and knowledge needed to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control ergonomic risk factors in a broad range of workplace settings. Immediately apply the skills learned in this program to:
- Improve human-job interface.
- Increase productivity.
- Reduce employee downtime from ergonomic injuries.
- Improve worker safety while preventing injury.
Colorado State University is proud to offer an ergonomics certificate online. The certificate program was created by faculty in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Occupational Safety and Health Section, Ergonomic Training Program. Students seeking certification in ergonomics will find this course helpful in foundational areas and suitable for reporting 60 hours toward competencies identified in the Ergonomist Formation Model.
In this ergonomics training, you will study and practice the foundational principles of ergonomics, including:
- History of ergonomics
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Injury and disease causation
- Posture and biomechanics
- Work design
- Occupational stress
- Accidents and errors
- Ergonomic evaluation and control techniques
Study at a pace that fits your life
This certificate is earned by satisfactorily completing within the six-month scheduled period one ergonomics course (GSLL 2030), which is organized in three major units and 30 modules with quizzes and exercises. You may enroll at any time as most students do not require the full six months to complete the work. The course may be completed ahead of the schedule but will not be extended.
Unit 1 – Principles of Ergonomics: Discover factors that have been recognized to improve or degrade the human work experience.
Unit 2 – Ergonomics of the Office Environment: Learn about the modern office environment, using computers safely, and cumulative trauma disorders.
Unit 3 – Ergonomics of Back Injuries: Focus on lifting safely, back disorders, work evaluation, equipment and design.
No textbooks are required. All materials needed for this course are available online.
Noncredit certificates do not produce academic credit or appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Learn from an expert in the field
Dr. John Rosecrance – Dr. Rosecrance has been a physical therapist for more than 20 years, specializing in the treatment of occupational illnesses and injuries. Over the last 15 years, his work has focused on the prevention of occupation illnesses and injuries through ergonomics. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and has been a consultant to approximately 30 companies in the U.S. Using ergonomic principles, he has worked successfully with many companies to reduce injuries, increase production efficiency, and improve the quality of products and services. Dr. Rosecrance teaches graduate courses in ergonomics, performs research studies in occupational health, and provides consultation to companies for improving work practices. He has participated in numerous educational seminars relating to ergonomics in the U.S., Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Slovakia, and Malta. His area of research expertise is in the cause and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders with a specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome.