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.