Occupational Health & Safety Officer

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Occupational Health and Safety Officers in Alberta?

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals offers the designation Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) to applicants who have been employed as safety professionals for at least three years and have successfully completed an evaluation, interview and examination process.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Occupational Health and Safety Officers?

Internationally educated Occupational Health and Safety Officers must 

• Hold a minimum of a one year college/university certificate/diploma in OHS OR a two year college/ university non-OHS certificate/diploma. Transcripts must be evaluated by a CRSP approved foreign credential assessment agency

NOTE: Documents that are not in English must be translated. Translation services can be found on the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta website. 

• Currently hold full-time employment in a position with OHS responsibilities comprising greater than 50% (minimum of 900 hours per calendar year) 

• Have at least three continuous years of OHS experience immediately prior to making application 

• Provide proof of professional development – the minimum requirement is 15 points (one point is awarded for six hours of professional development) over five years immediately prior to submitting the application • Pass a Regional Screening Centre interview 

• Pass the Canadian Registered Safety Professionals exam (CRSPEX) 

• Meet or exceed the CRSP’s minimum English requirements 

NOTE: All eligibility criteria must be met in order for an application to be assessed by the Qualifications Review Committee. The eligibility and registration procedures can be found on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals website under Frequently Asked Questions page.

What are the educational requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Officers in Alberta?

Health and safety officers must have several years of related work experience. They must also hold a minimum of a one year college/university certificate/diploma in OHS or a two year college/ university non-OHS certificate/diploma. 

The following institutions offer Occupational Health and Safety training in Alberta: 

University of Alberta (U of A) in Edmonton offers a certificate program 

Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary offers a certificate program 

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton offers a two-year diploma 

SAIT Polytechnic (SAIT) in Calgary offers a certificate of participation program 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score on one of the CRSP approved English Language Tests. These include TOEFL and IELTS. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated health professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

What information resources are available for Occupational Health and Safety Officers in Alberta?




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