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How to obtain your CRSP®

BCRSP® exams are held three times per year in February, May and October over a 10-day window.

The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP®) is the national standard for practicing occupational health and safety professionals. The CRSP® designation denotes technical accomplishment and professional practice.

CRSP® tools and resources

The following briefly describes the tools and resources available to help you navigate the maze of applications, study group participation, preparation courses and other useful resources.

To obtain your CRSP® designation, you must pass the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP®) exam. This exam contains approximately 200 multiple-choice questions, which must be answered within a three and a half hour period. The exam follows the 2015 BCRSP® blueprint.

To be allowed to write the BCRSP® exam, you must apply and be approved by the board. Approval of your application is based on the total number of points earned from work experience, education and training completed.

The BCRSP® requires that applicants have:

  • Appropriate formal training (formal education including college or university training)
  • Further informal training (professional development)
  • Sufficient health and safety related experience (professional practice)

The process

Here is a detailed CRSP designation outline. The following are a few possible pathways to CRSP® designation:

  1. Get a job in the OHS field to acquire work experience and figure out if this field is right for you.
  2. Register into a program of formal study such as the University of New Brunswick's Online Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. Courses in this program are 100% online, instructor-supported, and available anywhere, anytime. Intake is continuous, meaning that you can register at any time and complete the courses on a flexible schedule—start and finish the courses whenever convenient for you.
  3. Continue working in the field. You will need at least 36 months of full-time equivalent work experience; more time provides more points towards meeting the application requirements.
  4. Take a few other mini-courses and attend a conference or two to obtain additional informal training and experience (for examples, visit or There are also many local conferences; for more information, check with your local CSSE Chapter or other local health and safety associations.
  5. Having acquired 36 months of full-time experience and sufficient formal and informal training, submit an application to write the BCRSP® exam.
  6. Join a local study group to act as a support to you during this intensive period of self-preparation. Local CSSE Chapters run study groups on an ongoing basis.
  7. Practice exam writing ahead of the BCRSP® exam with online exam testing tools. This has proven to be a big help to people preparing to write the exam.
  8. UNB offers an online CRSP® Preparation course. To register, contact us at, or call us at 506 453-4694 (or toll-free at 1 888 259-4222).
  9. Complete the BCRSP® application, including the professional practice questionnaire, and get two professional references. Submit your application. The deadlines for the application associated with each planned sitting of the exam are listed on the BCRSP® website. Candidates typically write the exam in February, June or October every year.
  10. Write the exam, pass it, sign a copy of the BCRSP® Code of Ethics and, voilà!, you have your CRSP® designation.