Notification of Upcoming Changes

Notification of Upcoming Changes to the certification scheme, eligibility criteria, policies, etc. will be posted for your information.

The CRSP Eligibility Criteria is Changing

Effective July 1, 2018 the eligibility criteria to apply for the CRSP certification will be changing.

At the October 2016 BCRSP Governing Board meeting, the Board approved a change to the eligibility criteria for the CRSP certification. The change to the CRSP certification eligibility requirements impacts the level of education and amount of experience an applicant must have prior to pursuing the certification. 

This change comes at an important time for the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) profession. The demand for OHS professionals to support safe and healthy workplaces is growing, and as a result, the need for well-qualified OHS professionals to achieve these goals is paramount. The expectations of employers in today's world is changing, and with this comes an expectation of higher levels of education. The BCRSP believes that the increase in education and experience requirements for the CRSP certification are important and will better position the CRSP of the future. The BCRSP believes that increasing eligibility requirements will lead to greater opportunities for OHS professionals in Canada and increased professional recognition and influence. 

Professions by definition, have well-defined entry pathways which include robust formal education programs that support career entry. Through the National Education Symposium (NES) in 2013 and 2015, we have been in consultation with representatives from various OHS programs at Canadian Colleges and Universities and they have responded positively to the prospect of change in the BCRSP requirements - and have indicated that they will respond to these change requirements through program development initiatives. We will be communicating with them in the coming months on the BCRSPs program expectations to ensure that programs align with the new requirements.

The Global market is driving change, and the Canadian OHS professional must stay in step with advancing practice elsewhere. OHS Professionals from countries such as the US, UK, Europe, and Australia already have a higher standard of education and experience in place for their OHS professional certification schemes, and Canada is lagging behind. Raising the bar on the CRSP certification standard will further enable opportunities for mobility and transportability of credentials through Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with like-minded organizations. 

The Board also recognizes that a single designation and single certification process for the OHS profession in Canada does not best serve the profession. In order to support individuals who may not meet the new eligibility criteria for the CRSP certification, the BCRSP is working on a new certification scheme which would create two distinct certification paths. More details on this will be available in the coming months. 

Changes Effective July 1, 2018

Applications for the CRSP certification received on or after July 1 2018 will be required to have the following:
•    A minimum of a Bachelor's degree (4-year) in any field OR a 2-year diploma (or certificate) (minimum of 900 hours or 60 credits) in occupational health and safety or a closely related field from a recognized academic institution. 
•    At least four (4) years of experience where occupational health and safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of health and safety duties.

There will be additional information published on the changes and the transition process in the coming months. Questions regarding the changes, should be submitted to


Updated Law and Ethics Study Guide published

A revised edition of the Law and Ethics Study Guide has been published. Revisions include updating the WHMIS/GHS references, updating the Code of Ethics to the Rules of Professional Conduct that came in to effect January 1, 2016.

Updated Professional Practice Experience Forms and Practice Questionnaire.

Updated versions of the Professional Practice Experience (PPE) and the Practice Questionnaire (PQ) have been approved by the Qualifications Review Committee (QRC). These forms are part of the application for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® certification.  The new forms are available on the website at the following links:

Effective January 1, 2017 applications will be required to include the new forms, and the old version of the forms will no longer be accepted.  

NEW - Reference Text List Updated March 2016

The list of reference texts has been updated as follows: 

UPDATED EDITION Accident Prevention Manual for Business and Industry, 14th Edition, Administration and Programs, National Safety Council, PO Box 558, Itasca, IL 60143-0558, (
UPDATED EDITION Accident Prevention Manual for Business & Industry, 14th Edition, Engineering and Technology, National Safety Council, PO Box 558, Itasca, IL 60143-0558, (
NEW The Accounting Revolution and the New Sustainability Implications for the OSH Professional, Center of Safety and Sustainability, available online at
Disability Management: Theory, Strategy and Industry Practice, 5th edition. Dyck, Dianne E. (2009).  Markham, ON: LexisNexis. Available through
NEW Ergonomic Intervention, Marie St Vincent (2014), IRSST
Fire Safety Management Handbook, Third Edition, Daniel E. Della-Giustina, Ph.D., CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN 13-978-1-4822-2122-0,
Fitting the Human: Introduction to Ergonomics, 6th Edition, Karl H.E. Kroemer, Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN 978-1-4200-5539-9
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, 6th Edition, National Safety Council, PO Box 558, Itasca, IL 60143-0558, (
UPDATED EDITION Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems Auditing, Design Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition, Gene Marie Shematek, Paul MacLean, Peter Lineen, LexisNexis Canada Inc., 700-123 Commerce Valley Drive, Markham, ON L3T 7W8, ISBN 978-0-433-48833-0, (
Health promotion in the workplace, 3rd edition. O’Donnell, Michael & Associates (2002). Toronto, ON: Delmar Thomson Learning. Available through  
Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, strategy and industry practice, 2nd edition. Dyck, Dianne E. (2011).  Markham, ON: LexisNexis. Available through
Pocket Dictionary of Canadian Law, D.A. Dukelow, 3rd Edition, Carswell, Toronto, 2002 (
Practical Loss Control Leadership, Third Edition, Frank E. Bird, Jr., George L. Germain and M. Douglas Clark, ISBN 0-88061-054-9, Burnell & Associates, PO Box 43070, Calgary, AB T2J 7A7, 1-800-691-7233, (
TLVs® and BEIs® - Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices. Published annually by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), (