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The NCSO® / NHSA™ Designation

NCSO & NHSA Designations

Why Get Your NCSO® / NHSA™

NCSO® and NHSA™ designations are valuable for workers who are looking to enhance their safety management skills and credentials, and for those aspiring to take on more significant roles in health and safety admin within their organizations.

NCSO Designation

The NCSO® Designation

Field experience & OHS management skills required

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 NCSO® designation will possess a combination of three years of practical construction field experience, as well as practical and theoretical knowledge in various health and safety management skills and principles; NCSO® is on its way to set the provincial and national standard for field-level construction safety certification!

NHSA Designation

The NHSA™ Designation

NO field experience or OHS management skills required

The National Health and Safety Administrator (NHSA™) designation provides formal, entry-level training to individuals who are active in the administration of their company’s health and safety program, but do not currently possess a minimum of three years construction safety related field experience. NHSA™ indicates to employers that the participant has practical and theoretical knowledge in various health and safety management skills and principles. An NHSA™ designation holder offers valuable administrative support to the company and NCSO® in implementing and maintaining the company health and safety program. The NHSA™ designation is the first step towards a becoming a leader in the construction safety field!

The Designation Process

Steps to achieving your NCSO® / NHSA™

NCSO® / NHSA™ Courses

Listing of compulsory and elective courses

The Safety Proficiency Assignment (SPA)

4-Part assignment required to achieve NCSO® / NHSA™ designation

The NCSO® / NHSA™ Exams

Exam details, policies, and registration

Exam Prep Session Schedule

Prepare for your exams

Designation Maintenance

Keep your NCSO® / NHSA™ designation up-to-date

NCSO® / NHSA™ Resources

NCSO® / NHSA™ forms, files, and guides

NCSO / NHSA Designations

Start your NCSO® / NHSA™ application:

Not Sure if You Qualify for NCSO® or NHSA™?

If you are unsure whether you qualify for the NCSO® designation, you can submit a copy of your resume, filled out work experience template (PDF), or work experience letter (PDF) for the NCSO® Coordinator to review to Please note that field experience is NOT required for NHSA™ applicants.

Need Help? Have a NCSO® / NHSA™ Question?

We have staff who can help make your NCSO® / NHSA experience as straightforward as possible!

  • BCCSA NCSO® / NHSA Program
  • Phone: (604) 636-3675
  • Toll Free: 1 (877) 860-3675
  • E-mail:

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