History of the BCRSP
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (formerly the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals) is a public interest, not-for-profit association whose certificants are dedicated to the principles of health and safety as a profession in Canada.
On February 10, 1976 a newly designated Canadian Corporation was formed for the purpose of certifying qualified safety practitioners as Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP)®. With the appointment of the first Board of Governors, comprised of leading professionals from a cross-section of safety disciplines, the certification of safety professionals became a reality through the new organisation.
The CRSP® certification is now a widely accepted form of recognition by industry and government in Canada. Many employers require the CRSP® certification in order to qualify for a safety position. It also allows the BCRSP to ensure that the highest standards of excellence and professionalism are maintained at all times and by all certificants. The CRSP® certification process requires individuals to meet qualification standards, including education and experience requirements, pass the CRSP® Examination, and stay up to date through a continuous professional development process.
The CRST certification was introduced in 2018 to support the evolving needs of industry. The CRST certification process requires individuals to meet qualification standards, including education and experience requirements, pass the CRST Examination, and stay up to date through a continuous professional development process.
In 2005, the CRSP® certification process achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17024 by the Standards Council of Canada.
In 2021, the CRST certification process achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17024 by the Standards Council of Canada.
In 2008, the quality management system achieved certification to ISO 9001 by BSI Management Systems.
Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)®
A CRSP® is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the Governing Board. A CRSP® applies broad based safety knowledge to analyze and develop systems that will achieve optimum control over hazards and exposures detrimental to people, equipment, material and the environment. A CRSP® is dedicated to the principles of loss control, incident prevention and environmental protection as demonstrated by their daily activities.
Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST)
A CRST is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the BCRSP Governing Board. A CRST supports a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting training and using a range of state-of-the-art tools, processes and common practice solutions to OHS risks. They oversee and drive monitoring and compliance in relation to technical and behavioral risk controls.