At the June 2023 meeting of the Governing Board, the Board approved an annual fee increase commencing with the 2024 renewal period. The fees starting with the 2024 renewals will increase to $300 CDN/year, representing a $50 CDN increase. The Board is also introducing an ‘early bird’ renewal fee discount of $25 CDN so if you renew your annual fee prior to January 15, the fee will be $275 CDN. After January 15, and until February 28 the fee of $300 CDN applies. The late fee will also increase from $25 CDN to $50 CDN for renewals paid after February 28, and before March 31. After March 31 an additional late fee of $50 CDN will apply.
|Early Bird Renewal||Annual renewal paid prior to January 15||$275.00 CDN|
|Regular Renewal||Paid January 16 to February 28||$300.00 CDN|
|First Late Renewal||Paid March 1 to March 31||$350.00 CDN|
|Second Late Renewal||Paid after March 31||$400.00 CDN|
The fees for non-practicing (CRSP(NP) or CRST(NP) will not change at this time.
The Board believes that a renewal fee increase is necessary to maintain and secure the financial stability of the BCRSP. The increase in the late fee and addition of a secondary late fee is also being introduced to encourage more certificants to renew within the regular renewal window as well as to cover the related administrative costs associated with late payments.
The following identifies the rationale and discussion points considered by the Governors in reaching this decision.
- The Board’s programs and initiatives are funded primarily by annual renewal fees revenue.
- The last dues increase was in 2015 and BCRSP expenses have risen in this time due to inflation. Inflation is anticipated to impact operational costs into the coming years.
- The support of the BCRSP’s strategic goals require ongoing resource investment.
- Maintaining BCRSP’s certification schemes and ISO 17024 accreditation and ISO 9001 certification requires ongoing resources and investment to ensure excellence.
- Continued support of the Board’s National Education Symposia to maintain a vital link with colleges and universities offering OHS programs, as well as the development of the OHS Post Secondary OHS Program Accreditation standard.
- Continued efforts in marketing and promotion of the BCRSP certifications.
- Funding to support continuing liaison with MOU and partner organisations, memberships in the Canadian Network of Agencies of Regulation (CNAR), the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), the International Network of Safety & Health Professional Organisations (INSHPO), Council for Safe Workplaces (CSW) through the Conference Board of Canada, provides essential opportunities to promote, enhance and expose the BCRSP certifications on the world stage.
If you have any feedback for the Governing Board, you can submit via email.
David A. Larson, CSP, CFPS, ARM, CRSP