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Member Services: Construction Safety Officer (CSO) Program

Designed to develop and/or enhance health and safety training and auditing skills, the NLCSA’s Construction Safety Officer (CSO) program will assist individuals in becoming more marketable in today’s workforce. The CSO program is a health and safety designation program specifically for individuals working in the construction industry. The program’s primary goal is to expose the participant to the fundamentals of construction safety management and build upon personal field experience.

Persons who achieve the CSO designation will have demonstrated a combination of formal training and a minimum of 3 years of field experience in the construction industry. In achieving the CSO designation, individuals can provide valuable support to employers in the implementation and maintenance of a company’s comprehensive health and safety program. Successful participants can play a key leadership role in effective health and safety management.

What are the objectives of the CSO program?


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What is required to enroll in the CSO program?

Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years construction field experience in Canada prior to acceptance into the CSO program. The applicant’s three years of experience must have occurred within the past 10 years. Construction field experience is defined as:

a construction worker (laborer 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.

Applicants must verify their three years of construction field experience by submitting a detailed resume. In addition, the applicant must submit a copy of their red seal and/or journeyman certificate and/or a signed letter from their current and/or previous employer(s) declaring that they have demonstrated a minimum of 3 years direct experience working on a construction site in Canada. If the applicant has not been with the same employer for 3 years consecutively, they must obtain signed letters of reference from their various employers (the length of combined employment must total a minimum of three years). At minimum, each reference letter must include: employers name, name of CSO applicant, position/title held, length of time with company, summary of duties performed, and employers signature. The reference letter must be on company letterhead.


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What is required to be awarded the CSO designation?

Training Requirements

Compulsory Courses

Provide proof of completion of the following required courses:

**Please note that CSO Administration must be the last course completed for the CSO Program and all other requirements must be met prior to registering for this course.

Elective Courses

Provide proof of completion of a minimum of three (3) of the following courses:

Other construction specific certifications may be accepted at the discretion of the program administrator. Training certificates must have been completed within the last three (3) years, they must have a current expiry date, and they must be valid in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to qualify. Expired courses must be refreshed before the CSO designation is awarded.

Please note that CSO Students are responsible for arranging their own training schedule. A full course schedule including locations and pricing is available in the Training Schedule section of this website.

Training Request Form MS Word PDF
COR™ Training Application MS Word PDF


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Practical Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation to demonstrate the practical application of their skills and abilities:

All practical requirements must be conducted independently and must have been completed within 12 months of submission. Locating a company to participate in the practical requirements is the responsibility of the CSO student.


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CSO General Knowledge Exam

The applicant will be eligible to write the CSO General Knowledge Exam once it has been verified that all requirements have successfully been completed. Upon notification that all requirements have been successfully met, it is the responsibility of the CSO student to contact the NLCSA and make arrangements to write the CSO General Knowledge Exam. Please note that the CSO General Knowledge Exam requires a pass mark of 80%. A 6 month period must expire before the exam can be re-written if a student fails to meet the pass mark. In addition, any student who is unsuccessful in the CSO General Knowledge Exam will be provided with an individualized action plan. All action items must be addressed prior to re-writing the exam.


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Program Fees

The cost of completing the CSO program includes the CSO application fee of $125 + HST in addition to any costs associated with each individual course that is required be completed throughout the CSO program. Course pricing is available in the Training Schedule section of this website. Please note, the CSO application fee must be paid prior to having the application and other information reviewed, and this fee is non-refundable.

CSO Program Pricing PDF


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Application Process

Applicants must submit a completed application form, payment of the CSO application fee, a detailed resume, a copy of a red seal and/or journeyman certificate and/or a signed letter from the current and/or previous employer(s), and copies of any current and valid certifications that could grant credit for the required courses. Applications can be submitted via the following methods:

Applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks regarding application status. Failure to provide the required documents could result in an application being denied. In addition, please note that CSO’s are expected to communicate effectively with multiple parties to manage all aspects of health and safety on the work site. As a result, it is expected that participants in the program will maintain the highest standard of respect and professionalism in their duties. CSO status can be denied if it is deemed that any student fails to meet this standard.

CSO Application Form MS Word PDF


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Equivalency

Individuals who have attained their CSO or equivalent designation issued by a member of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) may attain their CSO designation by submitting a completed CSO Equivalency application form, a copy of their CSO or equivalent certification, and by submitting proof of completion for the following compulsory training:

**** As of August 15, 2014 the NLCSA Board of Directors implemented a mandatory requirement for CSO equivalency applications. In addition to the specified training requirements, any individual who applies for equivalency status under the CSO program is now required to complete the CSO General Knowledge Exam prior to being awarded the CSO designation. This validation of knowledge serves to align the equivalency program requirements with those of a standard application. New and existing applicants who have not yet attained CSO status are subject to immediate implementation of this requirement. Individuals who have previously achieved CSO status based on an equivalency application will be required to complete the CSO General Knowledge Exam at the time of designation renewal. An individual will be eligible to write the CSO General Knowledge Exam once it has been verified that all applicable program requirements have successfully been completed. Further information regarding the exam can be found under the CSO General Knowledge Exam heading on this page.

A CSO or equivalent designation issued by a member of the CFCSA will be recognized by the NLCSA. However, if the individual would like to be issued a CSO designation by the NLCSA, the above requirements must be met.

CSO Equivalency Application MS Word PDF


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Maintenance Requirements

The CSO designation must be verified every three years. To maintain CSO status, applicants must maintain training certificates as applicable (Standard First Aid, Fall Protection, Construction Worker Safety, and any elective training that has since expired).

In addition, applicants are required to submit the following documentation to demonstrate the practical application of their skills and abilities:

All practical requirements must be completed independently and must have been completed within 12 months. Locating a company to participate in the practical requirements is the responsibility of the CSO student.

Please note that CSO Students are responsible for arranging their own training schedule. A full course schedule including locations and pricing is available in the Training Schedule section of this website.

**** Individuals who have previously achieved CSO status based on an equivalency application will be required to complete the CSO General Knowledge Exam at the time of designation renewal. Further information regarding this requirement can be found under the Equivalency heading on this page.

Training Request Form MS Word PDF
CSO ReApplication Form MS Word PDF

For further information on the Construction Safety Officer program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Member Services Coordinator at info@nlcsa.com or 709-739-7000 ext 213 (toll free at 1-888-681-SAFE).


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