About the CRST Certification

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) Governing Board has approved the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) Certification.  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)

A CRST is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the BCRSP Governing Board. 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. 

The Governing Board has approved the eligibility criteria for the CRST as follows:

Pathway A:

  • Formal Education Requirement: Have successfully completed a one-year OHS certificate program from a recognized educational institution.
  • Technical Practice: Have had one year of OHS work experience (at least 35% OHS duties) immediately before submitting an application.
Pathway B:
  • Formal Education Requirement: Have successfully completed a two-year NON-OHS formal education program from a recognized educational institution (Community College or University) OR is qualified to journeyman status in a trade.
  • Technical Development: Have completed professional development courses or training related to the nine competency categories before submitting an application.
  • Technical Practice: Have had one year of OHS work experience (at least 35% OHS duties) immediately before submitting an application.
Pathway C – Transition Pathway:
  • Formal Education Requirement: Graduates from an approved 2-year (900 hour) OHS program from a recognized educational institution are eligible to write the Technician Certification examination immediately upon graduation, and if successful hold the Technician level certification.
  • Upon obtaining 4 years’ relevant OHS experience (professional level), they will be eligible to apply for the CRSP certification. 
The Examination Blueprint for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) can be downloaded here.