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 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) (minimum of 900 hours or 60 credits) 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
**if applying with a Bachelor’s degree, applicant must also demonstrate sufficient professional development in OHS to qualify.
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Description of an OHS Professional (INSHPO Capability Framework)
From the INSHPO OHS Professional 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.
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. If you are interested in finding out more about the CRSP® application and examination process, the BCRSP offers complimentary webinars throughout the year. Visit the events page for information on an upcoming webinar to learn more about the application process.
International applications are eligible for the CRSP® certification, however, additional documentation requirements may apply. International candidates 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 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.
Applying For Certification
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.
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 persons 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 commencing January 1, 2018 one of the two questionnaires (practice or reference) must be completed by a CRSP or equivalent (such as CSP, CMIOSH, CIH, ROH, PEng, CHRP/CHRL).