BCRSP Launches Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) Certification

Date Posted: 
October 16, 2018

Mississauga, ON – October 16, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) Governing Board is now accepting applications for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification program. 

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. The Examination Blueprint for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST), which outlines the competencies required, can be downloaded from the BCRSP website.

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. 

To be eligible, applicants must possess a minimum of one year’s experience in occupational health and safety, and have successfully completed a one-year OHS certificate program from a recognized educational institution, or possess a two-year non-OHS diploma from a recognized educational institution (Community College or University) OR is qualified to journeyperson status in a trade.

A transition pathway recognizes that graduates from approved 2-year (900 hour) OHS programs from a recognized educational institution are eligible to write the Technician Certification examination immediately upon graduation, and if successful hold the Technician level certification. Individuals meeting this academic standard, would be eligible to apply for the CRSP certification upon achievement of four years’ experience at a professional level.

Over 600 safety practitioners have expressed interest in the CRST certification since the announcement about the certification in 2017. The first CRST examination is scheduled for March of 2019. For more information on the certification, click here.

About the BCRSP

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is a federally incorporated self-regulating, self-governing, ISO 17024 accredited and ISO 9001 certified organization established in 1976. The BCRSP sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals. The BCRSP grants the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® and Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) credential to individuals who successfully complete the applicable certification process through application assessment, interview, and examination. The Board governs its certificants in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

For More Information Contact:

Nikki Wright, BA (Hons), CAE
Executive Director
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)