The development of the certification began in 2016 with the formation of a Technician Certification Steering Committee. Subsequently, a focus group and validation study were held to confirm the competencies required of a CRST®.
Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST®)
The BCRSP began accepting CRST® certification applications in 2018. 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.
Applicants to the CRST® certification are individuals working in OHS at least 35% of the time, with either a foundational academic background in OHS (eg. an OHS certificate), or a background in another technical discipline or the trades. The eligibility criteria for the CRST® certification has been designed to accommodate the various backgrounds that individuals may possess before arriving at a career in safety.
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.
BCRSP has a Memorandum of Understanding with NEBOSH which allows graduates of the National or International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety to apply for the CRST® certification under a streamlined application process.