The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals operates a mandatory Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) with the intent of assisting CRSPs to keep pace with changes affecting professional OHS practice. Details of the program are available at this link: Certification Maintenance Program
Effective January 1, 2014, BCRSP will no longer be accepting pre-approval applications from organizations that provide courses/seminars/conferences.
CRSPs are required to attend educational events but the certificant, not BCRSP, will calculate the CM points for an event. A CM point claimed by certificants is based on technical contact hours aligned to the topics related to Occupational Health & Safety. Only the technical portions of an event are credited. See the CM credit calculation method below to better understand technical vs. non-technical content.
For current CRSPs, further information on the CMP program, including copies of the CMP worksheet (necessary when making a CMP submission) can be found by logging into the CRSPs Only area of the website.
1. Suggested Language for Event Advertising
Event Providers or Sponsors are not obligated to communicate the CM credit for an educational event. However, doing so makes the event more attractive to certificants.
Providers should communicate their events in terms of technical contact hours or CEUs (if using the IACET system). BCRSP suggests the language below for event communication purposes.
Event Providers must not imply that BCRSP has approved or endorsed an event.
|Previously awarded CM credit by BCRSP||Hours Known?||Suggested Language|
|No||Yes||This event contains XX technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points. See BCRSP website at www.bcrsp.ca for CM point criteria|
|------||No||This event may be eligible for BCRSP CM point. See BCRSP web site at www.bcrsp.ca for CM criteria|
|Yes||Yes||BCRSP has previously awarded CM points for this event. The current contains XX technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points. See BCRSP web site at www.bcrsp.ca for CM point criteria|
Calculating CM Points Under Category A2
Technical Contact Hours
Must be a minimum of 6 hours (360 minutes).
Hours (0.5 CMPs = 6 hours) are often supplied by an event Provider. If not supplied, the contact hours must be calculated.
Contact time can be:
1. Exact, e.g. 360 minutes = 6 hours
2. Estimated - using the average hours per half day, e.g., 3 hrs/half day X 6 half days = 18 hours
3. Rounded down but not up, e.g. 370 minutes = 6 hrs
Includes but is not limited to presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.
Excludes the non-technical portions: e.g., generic welcome speeches, participant introductions, breaks, meals, networking, exhibitor time, roundtables or discussions with unspecified topics, social tours.