NCSO Designation

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THE NCSO™ PROGRAM

The objective of the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) program is to provide verification of a nationally recognized level of competency in relation to construction safety. The NCSO™ program will provide practical training in various construction safety management skills and principles.

Persons who achieve the NCSOTM designation will have a combination of three years of practical construction experience; providing a valuable resource to management in the administration and implementation of a company's health and safety program.


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NCSO™ Frequently Asked Questions

NCSO™ Terms of Participation

CSS Certificate Holder List 2016

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1.  Compulsory Courses

BCCSA Specific Training

  • Leadership for Safety Excellence
  • BC Construction Safety Legislation and Administration (2 days)
  • Principles of Health and Safety Management (PHSM) - Online
  • Safety Auditor Training (Prerequisite: PHSM)
  • WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer
  • Principles of Injury Managment
  • CSTS-09: Construction Safety Training System - (Online)

Compulsory Training (Offered by an Approved Training Provider - See list below)

  • Level 1 First Aid
  • Fall Protection
2.  Elective Courses

BCCSA Specific Training

  • Medium-High Hazard Traffic Control
  • ESTS: Electrical Safety Training System - Online
  • RSTS: Roadbuilders Safety Training System - Online

Elective Training (Offered by an Approved Training Provider - See list below)

  • Utility Locating Specialist Training
  • Confined Space Entry/Monitor
  • Respiratory Protection and Fit Tester
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods

BCCSA Approved External Training Providers

Utility Locating Specialist Training:

British Columbia Municipal Safety Association

ICBA (Independent Contractors and Businesses Association)

Fall Protection, Confined Space and Respirator Fit Testing Training Providers

Dynamic Rescue Systems

Envirosafety

ER Plus Risk Management Group Inc.

 
First Aid:
Level 1 First Aid

Upon completion of the mandatory courses, two elective courses and submission of experience documentation an individual may submit their application to write the final examination required to obtain the designation of National Construction Safety Officer.

The NCSO™ designation expires after three years. In order to renew your designation you will be required to submit a current COR™ Company Audit, Toolbox Talk/Training Session and a Job-site Inspection/Hazard Assessment. If you fail to submit the documentation on time to the BCCSA you will be required to re-write the NCSO™ exam along with submission of documentation.


NCSO™ Provincial and National Exams

Examination dates are created on an as-need basis. Exam dates will be shown only to successful NCSO applicants and can be found in your BCCSA account.

For more information please contact
: ncso@bccsa.ca


 Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the NCSO?
2. When did the NCSO come into effect in BC?
3. I have my CSS. Does that mean I will automatically receive the NCSO?
4. Do I need to switch my CSS to the NCSO?
5. What training will I need?
6. You do not have any courses in my region/city? Why don’t you schedule courses here?
7. Is there a time limit for completing the training?
8. Do I need to have construction experience to apply?
9. Will there be an exam?
10. How long does it take to complete the entire program?
11. Will I receive a certificate?
12. Is the NCSO designation renewed automatically?
13. If I have an NCSO from another provincial association, do I automatically get an NCSO in BC?
14. I do not have my NCSO from another provincial association but I have completed some courses, are they recognized by BCCSA?
15. I have taken courses from a provider that does not show on your list of approved training providers, can I submit my course for equivalency?
16. I have my CSO designation through ASTTBC, is it recognized?
17. Can I work as a safety officer in BC if I have an NCSO in another province?
18. How is the NCSO different than the other safety designations?
19. How much will it cost to get my NCSO?
20. What forms of payment do you take for my NCSO application?
21. What are the steps to obtain my NCSO?
22. How do I get started!

 

1. What is the NCSO?
The NCSO is a new national safety designation designed to replace a number of similar provincial designations. It was approved by the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) after several years of discussion and consultation with stakeholders across the country. In BC, it will replace the Construction Safety Specialist (CSS) designation, currently offered by the BCCSA. The NCSO offers several benefits for both safety professionals and employers. For example, BC NCSOs may also be able to serve as Internal Auditors for the Certificate of Recognition program. *If you have a valid COR Internal Auditor certificate from another province please click here for equivalency details.

2. When did the NCSO come into effect in BC?
The NCSO application was available as of January 1, 2017.

3. I have my CSS. Does that mean I will automatically receive the NCSO?
No. We will prioritize your registration, but you will need to complete three additional courses: BC Construction Safety Legislation and Administration, Fall Protection, and WHMIS Train the Trainer and pass both the provincial and national exams. While there is no specific time line for completing the requirements, you are encouraged to do so before August 31, 2017, when the CSS will no longer be promoted.

4. Do I need to switch my CSS to the NCSO?
No. Your CSS will never expire; however, given the designation will not be delivered or promoted as of August 31, 2017, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of becoming an NCSO before you make a final decision.

5. What training will I need?
In British Columbia, you must complete 10 mandatory courses – eight offered by the BCCSA and two (fall protection and first aid) available from approved training providers. You must also complete two of eight electives. Click here to see a full list of required courses and electives.

6. You do not have any courses in my region/city? Why don’t you schedule courses here?
Course schedules are based on demand. In order to run a course, we need a minimum of 8 people. If you have 8 people ready to enroll in a course, please contact our training department at training@bccsa.ca to schedule a course.

7. Is there a time limit for completing the training?
No. You may proceed through the requirements at your own pace; however, exams will only be offered at certain times per year.

8. Do I need to have construction experience to apply?
Yes. You will need to have direct construction and occupational health and safety experience for a minimum of three years. This experience must have occurred within the past 10 years.
The definition of construction field experience:  A construction worker (labourer or skilled construction tradesperson) working directly and actively in the construction field (i.e. residential, commercial, industrial, road building, pipeline construction, mobile equipment operations, etc.); or, an individual who is directly and actively responsible for the supervision (i.e. Site Superintendent) or safety (i.e. Site Safety Coordinator) of the construction worker, whom also works directly and actively in the construction field on a full time basis.

9. Will there be an exam?
Actually, there are two: a provincial and a national exam. Both are written and the passing grade is 75%. The national exam will test on general health and safety knowledge as it relates to the construction industry, while the provincial exam will focus on provincial health and safety legislation. Exams will be offered at certain times per year and the fee is $60 for the National and $40 for the Provincial Exam.

10. How long does it take to complete the entire program?
It depends on your time, resources and course availability.

11. Will I receive a certificate?
You bet! Once you complete all course requirements and pass the exams you will be issued a three-year certificate with ID number that will feature the national NCSO logo. We will also publish names of successful NCSOs on our website. This will help us to raise awareness of the bank of NCSOs available and will also allow employers to verify a potential employee has a valid designation.

12. Is the NCSO designation renewed automatically?
No. You will need to keep it up-to-date by (a) completing six hours of professional development within the three-year cycle of the certificate (see course list for suggestions), (b) maintaining COR Internal Auditor status including a student audit, and (c) maintaining all required certifications (i.e. first aid and fall protection). Once your NCSO expires, you will not be able to renew until you complete all maintenance requirements.

13. If I have an NCSO from another provincial association, do I automatically get an NCSO in BC?
No. However, all you need to complete is the BC Construction Safety Legislation and Administration & Fall Protection courses, and pass both the provincial and national exams. Your BC NCSO certificate will be valid for the same time period as your other NCSO certificate.

14. I do not have my NCSO from another provincial association but I have completed some courses, are they recognized by BCCSA?
Yes. Some courses obtained from another provincial safety association affiliated with the CFCSA are equivalent to BCCSA’s courses. Contact training@bccsa.ca to determine if your course is equivalent.

15. I have taken courses from a provider that does not show on your list of approved training providers, can I submit my course for equivalency?
No. We only accept course equivalencies from provincial associations affiliated with the CFCSA and approved training providers. The list of approved training providers will be reviewed annually and updated periodically.

16. I have my CSO designation through ASTTBC, is it recognized?
The CSO designation acquired through ASTTBC is awarded based on specific educational requirements from other training providers. We too recognize the training aspect of this designation.  If you have successfully passed the 2 week CSO program from BCIT, ER Plus or the Care Institute, you automatically receive equivalency for Leadership of Health and Safety Excellence and Train the Safety Trainer, which are mandatory.  

17. Can I work as a safety officer in BC if I have an NCSO in another province?
This depends on the employer’s requirements; however we recommend you complete your BC NCSO to ensure you are aware of legislative requirements and differences.

18. How is the NCSO different than the other safety designations?
An NCSO designation is an entry-level field position for individuals in the construction industry who have 3 or more years of safety related work experience. To understand how the NCSO compares to other safety designations please review this document developed by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, Hiring a Health and Safety Practitioner. This guide outlines some of the more common safety designations and certifications required for safety practitioners.
We recommend you research the benefits of all designations before making a decision.

19. How much will it cost to get my NCSO?
This depends on a number of factors such as the number of courses you have completed already and if you are part of an organization that is a member of the BCCSA.

20. What forms of payment do you take for my NCSO application?
You can submit your payment with your application using Visa and MasterCard (credit cards or prepaid credit cards).  BCCSA does not accept payment via debit card.

21. What are the steps to obtain my NCSO?
Obtaining the NCSO is a multistep process:

1. Review the Terms of Participation
2. Complete the 10 Compulsory courses and 2 Electives
3. Collect documentation of your field experience
4. Agree to the NCSO Terms of Participation and Code of Ethics
5. Complete the NCSO Application Form and Submit to the BCCSA ($125 non-refundable application fee)
6. BCCSA will review your Application
7. Write the NCSO Exams ($60 – National Exam; $40 – Provincial Exam)
8. BCCSA will provide you with your NCSO designation upon approval of the above!

22. How do I get started!
There is an application process you need to complete by uploading a copy of all required course certificates of completion as well as proof of your construction experience. There is no time limit to complete your application and you can start at any time regardless if you have completed all the requirements. All information you add to the application will be saved in your personal, confidential and secure user profile in BCCSA’s Learning Management System. To begin the application process,  click here.
The cost to submit your application is $125.00 + tax (non-refundable).