A BCCSA qualified COR® Internal Auditor is a permanent employee of your company who has successfully completed BCCSA’s 2-day COR® Internal Auditor Training course.
Qualifying as an Internal Auditor
To achieve a BCCSA COR® Internal Auditor Certificate, a permanent employee must:
- Complete pre-requisite Principles of Health and Safety Management (PHSM) online course
- Attend BCCSA’s 2-day COR® Internal Auditor Training course
- Sign the BCCSA COR® Auditor Internal Code of Ethics
- Obtain a minimum score of 80% on the course exam
- Complete and submit a Student Audit Assignment to the BCCSA within 4 weeks of course completion and achieve a passing grade
Once the employee has satisfied the above requirements, they will be issued a BCCSA COR® Internal Auditor Certificate, valid for 3 years, provided the auditor status is maintained.
Maintaining Internal Auditor Qualification
After an individual has successfully obtained their BCCSA COR® Internal Auditor Certificate, they must conduct a minimum of 2 OHS COR® audits within the 3-year period between their initial certification and re-certification to maintain their BCCSA internal auditor status.
Re-qualifying as an Internal Auditor
BCCSA COR® Internal Auditors must re-qualify at least once every 3 years through the completion of BCCSA’s 2-day COR® Internal Auditor Training course.
Note: Individuals who have not satisfied the requirement for maintaining their internal auditor qualification and/or have not completed the COR® Internal Auditor Training course before their current COR® Internal Auditor Certificate expires will also be required to complete and submit a Student Audit Assignment to the BCCSA within 4 weeks of course completion and achieve a passing grade in order to re-qualify and receive a new COR® Internal Auditor Certificate, valid for 3 years.
To apply for equivalency, the auditor must complete internal auditor training through an association under the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Association (CFCSA), and submit the appropriate BCCSA equivalency application form .
The following documentations must accompany the application form, and be reviewed by the BCCSA for approval:
- A valid COR® Auditor Certificate issued by a CFCSA (click to read definition) , AND
- A recent COR® OHS Audit Document written within the past 1.5 years (18 months)
Expired COR® Auditor Certificates are not accepted.
- The BCCSA will only grant equivalency once. Upon certificate expiry, the auditor must take the BCCSA 2 Day COR® Internal Auditor course and successfully complete the student audit assignment.
- Re-certification course from other associations will not be accepted.
- Applicants are required to read the instructions on the BCCSA National Audit Document and ensure they understand the report requirements.
- Individuals planning to conduct a BCCSA COR® Audit as an Internal Auditor must be on the reported payroll of the BC company. As per definitions in section 4 (page 63) of WorkSafeBC's The COR® Program: Standards and Guidelines (S&G) for Internal Auditors and Section 4.2, individuals will be expected to be a permanent employee of the company.
For more information on internal auditor equivalency, please contact 1.877.860.3675. All submission packages can be emailed to Training@BCCSA.ca
A BCCSA qualified COR® External Auditor is a safety professional who has been qualified by the BCCSA to assess a company’s health and safety and injury management systems against the BCCSA COR® audit standard.
Large COR® companies must hire a BCCSA qualified COR® External Auditor to conduct their Certification and Re-certification Audits.
Small COR® and Large COR® companies have the option of hiring a BCCSA external auditor to conduct audits in place of a qualified internal auditor (i.e. for Small COR® certification, maintenance, and re-certification audits or Large COR® maintenance audits).
It is the responsibility of the external auditor to complete and submit a Notice from External Auditor to the BCCSA at least 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of an audit.
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