CRSP® Eligibility Criteria

If you wish to view the application form, please create a profile/account to view the application. The payment of the non-refundable application fee is not required until you are ready to submit your application. Please ensure you have reviewed the eligibility requirements prior to submitting the application fee to ensure you qualify. Please contact the BCRSP office if you have specific questions regarding eligibility for certification. 

Before you being the application process, please review the Guidance Document for CRSP Applicants.

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Eligibility Guidelines for the CRSP® Certification

To be eligible to apply for the CRSP® certification, you must have a combination of education, professional development, and experience.  Depending on the type of education you have obtained, there may be an exemption from the professional development criteria.

Applications for the CRSP® certification received on or after July 1 2018 are required to have the following:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field* OR a 2-year diploma (or certificate) (minimum of 900 hours or 60 credits) in occupational health and safety or equivalent from a recognized academic institution. 
  • 48 months of professional level OHS experience obtained within the last 72 months (minimum of 900 hours/calendar year of practice in OHS)

*if applying with a Bachelor’s degree, applicant must also demonstrate sufficient professional development in OHS to qualify.

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Description of OHS Professional Level Experience 

(INSHPO Capability Framework

OHS Professionals are designers of strategy relating to the organization and management of OHS within the wider context of business processes and external regulatory, market and societal influences. They are influential with senior management and are involved in problem solving and organizational review and change as advisers and consultants. Their advice is based on conceptual and technical knowledge of design, operations and management, mediated by experience, analysis of evidence and critical thought. This enables them to extend their understanding and control to novel, unknown and complex risks. They understand how to access, use, critically evaluate and develop the evidence base, and they value professional collaboration. OHS Professionals will engage with any level of the organization from shop floor to board room as well as other functions and professionals.

The OHS Professional role requires an understanding of a unique multidisciplinary body of knowledge concerning risk and the elimination or reduction of work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses as well as property damage and associated social and financial losses.

Typically, the OHS Professional provides broad-based advice, support and analysis to organizations regarding risk assessment and controls and their management processes. The role also supports health and wellness as it relates to the work environment. The capable OHS Professional has generic knowledge appropriate to risk in all activities and employment, supported by deeper knowledge of his or her specific industry, including its characteristic hazards and risk prevention, management and mitigation processes. They also possess a broad understanding of a core range of hazards and hazard controls. OHS Professionals may be engaged as internal employees in medium to large or global organizations, particularly in complex and major hazard technologies, or as external consultants advising small to global organizations. They may work solo, as part of a team or give direction to others.

Applying For Certification

Individuals interested in achieving the CRSP® certification must first make application to the BCRSP. Once your application is reviewed for eligibility, there is a mandatory certification examination.  

English or French as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is neither English nor French must:

  • Submit documentation verifying a minimum level of 94-101 (IBT) on a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) IBT; a band score of 7 on the International English Language Testing System or a score of 785-900 on a Test de français international (TFI™). (Equivalent proof of language proficiency (e.g. a university assessment) will also be accepted)

International Applicants

If your education credentials are from outside of Canada that you will be using in the application submission, please review the documentation requirements below.

International applications are accepted for the CRSP® certification, however, additional documentation requirements may apply. 

  • International academic credentials must be translated to English or French and be verified by an official translator.
  • International credentials must be submitted to a Canadian Credentialing Agency prior to application submission.

List of Academic Credential Assessment Agencies

Application Form

To apply, an applicant completes an application form and, together with all supporting documentation, and a non-refundable application fee, submits it to the BCRSP for processing. The application form requires details concerning formal education, professional development and related experience. In addition, a reference questionnaire and practice questionnaire must be completed by individuals who have a sound knowledge of the applicant's work performance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all information is submitted with the application along with the required documentation. Please review the eligibility requirements before submitting an application as the application fee is non-refundable. 

The applicant is cautioned not to proceed with application submission unless the minimum eligibility requirements are met as the application fee of $525 + GST/HST is non-refundable.

Ensure that the individuals selected to complete the questionnaires are aware of the necessity to complete and forward the forms accurately and promptly as failure to receive all of the questionnaires will delay the registration process.

Please note that one of the two questionnaires (practice or reference) must be completed by a CRSP or equivalent (such as CSP, CMIOSH, CIH, ROH, CCPE, PEng, CHRP/CHRL).

To start the application process, you will first need to create a profile. After clicking the link below, you will be asked to create an account profile (step 1). Step 2 is the application form selection - you can review the forms in detail without submission of fees. The non-refundable application fee is only required once your application is complete and you are ready to submit it to the BCRSP for review.


Original transcripts should be sent directly to BCRSP from the academic institution. Transcripts can be sent to:

ATTN: Applications
6700 Century Ave Suite 100
Mississauga, ON  L5N 6A4

For applicants with a MyCreds/MesCertif, My eQuals or Digitary CORE account you can share your digital documents with BCRSP by selecting the 2nd Share option “Send my documents to a Registered Organization” and then select "Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)" in the Recipient field.  For help see:

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