FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – On May 23, 2018, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) ratified a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) recognizing each organization’s professional certifications. The signing took place at the SIA’s inaugural SafetyScape Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Through the SIA/BCRSP MOU, we are able to expand the opportunity that Canadian and Australian safety professionals have to achieve recognition through certification.
The details of the MOU are as follows:
- To be awarded the COHSPrac certification by SIA, a person who holds a CRSP certification from BCRSP will be deemed immediately eligible for certification, on passing an assessment on Australian WHS/OHS law, and the take-up of compulsory CPD planning.
- To be awarded the COHSProf certification by SIA, a person who holds a CRSP certification from BCRSP will not be required to submit practice reports or undergo reference checks, and is immediately eligible to enter the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment, to be certified on passing this assessment and completion of an assessment on Australian WHS/OHS law.
- To be awarded the CRSP designation by BCRSP, a person who holds a COHSPrac must undergo all standard application and CRSP examination requirements.
- To be awarded the CRSP designation by BCRSP, a person who holds a COHSProf or ChOHSP certification will not have to complete the qualifications assessment process(including waiver of the PPEs, references, and interview), but must pass the CRSP examination.
These mutual recognition processes apply to those who have met the new eligibility requirements established by BCRSP which come into effect July 1, 2018.
BCRSP Chair, Paul Andre said: “This process started several years ago, so to get to this point feels like a major accomplishment. This agreement is an important step toward international recognition and transportability of both the CRSP and SIAs certifications.” Patrick Murphy, SIA Chair, added, "The MOU doesn’t just give recognition of an individual being certified, but rather involves an extensive mapping process where each level of certification of each organization’s program are evaluated, resulting in the streamlining of the certification process for professionals moving from one country to the other."
This agreement between SIA and BCRSP supports the development of safety professionals internationally, increasing opportunities for exposure and recognition. We look forward to a long relationship with SIA, and to the ongoing opportunity to learn from each other.
The BCRSP also maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) (United States), and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (United Kingdom).
To review a copy of the SIA MOU, click here
About the BCRSP
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is a federally incorporated self-regulating, self-governing, ISO 17024 accredited and ISO 9001 certified organization established in 1976. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals. The BCRSP grants the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® credential to individuals who successfully complete the certification process through application assessment, interview, and examination. The Board governs its certificants in order that the public interest may be served and protected.