CRSP® Examination

The CRSP® Examination (CRSPEX)

The CRSP® Examination has four main purposes which are as follows:

  • To promote high national standards of occupational health and safety;
  • To provide a mechanism for practitioners to validate their competence;
  • To identify, through a recognized credential, those practitioners meeting the national standards; and
  • To determine whether or not examinees are prepared to practice occupational health and safety, without risk to the public and to the environment.

CRSP® Examination Blueprint

The CRSP® Examination Blueprint was developed to guide those involved in the development of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® Examination and to provide the public (e.g., examinees, educators, administrators) with practical information about the examination.

Examination Updates

The CRSPEX is constantly under review as the BCRSP ensures that the CRSP® designation remains the foremost designation for OHS professionals and reflective of current OHS practice. The BCRSP conducts a review of the competencies required of a CRSP®every five years and updates the CRSP® Examination Blueprint accordingly. A revised CRSP® Examination Blueprint was released for 2015.

Examination Pass Mark

The standard or pass mark is set in reference to the content and the difficulty of the examination questions. The standard is set by a panel of content experts from across Canada who work closely with the Board’s examination consultants, Assessment Strategies Inc. to ensure that the examination meets the CRSP® Examination Blueprint guidelines. The pass mark is set at a level that represents the performance expected of a competent safety professional. The standard setting method used to establish the pass mark for the CRSPEX is the modified-Angoff method. Using this method, a panel of representative content experts from across the country and from various areas of practice reviews each examination question and produces ratings based on a common understanding of a competent registered safety professional who has met the eligibility requirements to write the CRSPEX. In addition to these ratings, a variety of relevant data (for example, information on the preparation of candidates, data on results from previously administered examinations) are carefully considered to ensure the standard that candidates must achieve on the examination is valid and fair. Based on this information, an appropriate standard or pass mark is set. This procedure is repeated for every newly-created examination form.

Examination Format

  • The examination consists of multiple choice questions (see Examination Blueprint). 
  • There will be 190 to 210 multiple choice questions on the examination. 
  • Candidates will have three and one half (3 1/2) hours to complete the examination. 
  • The examination is written via Computer Based Testing at an authorized Pearson Vue host test centre in Canada.
  • Following a successful interview and upon recommendation by the Regional Screening Centre, candidates have two years in which to write the examination. Examination notices will be mailed to all eligible candidates approximately six to eight weeks in advance of each examination date. 
  • Candidates who have not written the examination at the end of two years, may, upon written request and payment of the required fee, be granted a one-time, one-year extension. 
  • Candidates who fail the first writing of the examination are permitted up to three supplementary writings over the next two years. 
  • The two year supplementary writing period begins as of the failing of the first examination writing. 
  • Candidates rewriting the examination will be required to write the full 3 1/2 hour, multiple choice examination. 
  • Candidates failing all four (4) writings will have their files closed and must wait a minimum of two (2) years before resubmitting a new application. 

Examination requirements are mandatory

Examination requirements are not waived. The examination became mandatory for all applicants on January 1, 1982.

Organisations that offer Examination Preparatory Courses

The BCRSP does not offer preparatory courses.  However, there are a number of organisations that offer Examination Preparatory Courses. While none of these courses is endorsed/accredited by BCRSP, nor is enrollment in any of these courses a prerequisite for pursuing the designation, BCRSP provides interested persons with contact information for these organisations.