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The CRSP Eligibility Criteria is Changing
Effective July 1, 2018 the eligibility criteria to apply for the CRSP certification will be changing.
At the October 2016 BCRSP Governing Board meeting, the Board approved a change to the eligibility criteria for the CRSP certification. The change to the CRSP certification eligibility requirements impacts the level of education and amount of experience an applicant must have prior to pursuing the certification.
Changes Effective July 1, 2018
Applications for the CRSP certification received on or after July 1 2018 will be required to have the following:
- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree (4-year) in any field OR a 2-year diploma (or certificate) in occupational health and safety or a closely related field from a recognized academic institution.
- At least four (4) years of experience where occupational health and safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of health and safety duties.
This change comes at an important time for the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) profession. The demand for OHS professionals to support safe and healthy workplaces is growing, and as a result, the need for well-qualified OHS professionals to achieve these goals is paramount. The expectations of employers in today's world is changing, and with this comes an expectation of higher levels of education. The BCRSP believes that the increase in education and experience requirements for the CRSP certification are important and will better position the CRSP of the future. The BCRSP believes that increasing eligibility requirements will lead to greater opportunities for OHS professionals in Canada and increased professional recognition and influence.
As you know, through the National Education Symposium (NES) in 2013 and 2015, we have been in consultation with representatives from OHS programs at Canadian Colleges and Universities and you have responded positively to the prospect of change in the BCRSP requirements. Early indication from your programs is that you will respond to these change requirements through program development initiatives. We look forward to continuing to work with our OHS Educator partners as the profession moves forward. At the 2017 NES you will have the opportunity to workshop concerns, challenges, etc. and to learn more about the direction of the BCRSP.
The Board also recognizes that a single designation and single certification process for the OHS profession in Canada does not best serve the profession. In order to support individuals who may not meet the new eligibility criteria for the CRSP certification, the BCRSP is working on a new certification scheme which would create two distinct certification paths. More details on this will be available at the NES and the opportunity this new certification will provide for Colleges and Universities with OHS programs.