Continuous Professional Development Program Information

All individuals certified by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals are required to adhere to the mandatory Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program (formerly called the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP)). This program ensures that certificants keep pace with changes affecting professional OHS practice. 

Effective January 1, 2014, BCRSP no longer accepts applications from organizations that provide courses/seminars/conferences seeking pre-approval. 

Suggested Language for Event Advertising 

Event Providers or Sponsors are not obligated to communicate the CM credit for an educational event. However, doing so makes the event more attractive to certificants. Providers should communicate their events in terms of technical contact hours or CEUs (BCRSP recommends using the IACET system). BCRSP suggests the language below for event communication purposes.

Event Providers must not imply that BCRSP has approved or endorsed an event. 

Previously awarded CM credit by BCRSP Hours Known? Suggested Language
No Yes This event contains XX technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CPD points. See the BCRSP website at www.bcrsp.ca for CPD point criteria
------ No This event may be eligible for BCRSP CPD points. See the BCRSP web site at www.bcrsp.ca for CPD criteria
Yes Yes BCRSP has previously awarded CPD points for this event. The current contains XX technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CPD points. See the BCRSP web site at www.bcrsp.ca for CPD point criteria.

 

Calculating CPD Points

The program will be transitioned in over the next two and a half years so by December 31, 2020, all certificants will be submitting under the new program.

Before December 31, 2020 - Technical Contact Hours    

Must be a minimum of 6 hours (360 minutes). 
Hours (0.5 CMPs = 6 hours) are often supplied by an event Provider. If not supplied, the contact hours must be calculated.

Contact time can be:

  1.  Exact, e.g. 360 minutes = 6 hours
  2.  Estimated - using the average hours per half day, e.g., 3 hrs/half day X 6 half days = 18 hours
  3.  Rounded down but not up, e.g. 370 minutes = 6 hrs

Includes but is not limited to presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.

Excludes the non-technical portions: e.g., generic welcome speeches, participant introductions, breaks, meals, networking, exhibitor time, roundtables or discussions with unspecified topics, social tours.

After December 31, 2020 - Technical Contact Hours    

BCRSP will be referencing the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) standard.

This standard equates 1 CEU to 10 contact/learning hours.
This change will make it simpler to calculate hours, and simplifies the point claim for shorter courses whereby a 4-hour course is equivalent of .4 CEUs, an 8 hour course is .8 CEUs, etc.)

Includes but is not limited to presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.

Excludes the non-technical portions: e.g., generic welcome speeches, participant introductions, breaks, meals, networking, exhibitor time, roundtables or discussions with unspecified topics, social tours.