Certificate of Recognition® Program

The Five Steps to Certification

Firms receive accreditation upon completion of COR® training, development, and implementation of a company-wide safety program, and internal and external safety reviews.

NLCSA membership is automatic for companies that have an active Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WorkplaceNL) Newfoundland Industrial Classification (NIC) Code associated with the construction industry. Companies that have a WorkplaceNL NIC Code other than the construction industry are eligible for Associate Membership status. Additional information on associate membership and related services are available here. Companies must be a Member or Associate Member of NLCSA in order to participate in the Certificate of Recognition® program.

To determine membership status, or to register for courses, contact the NLCSA at (709) 739-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-681-SAFE (7233).

COR® training can be completed in-person or virtually, and covers topics such as safety orientations; hazard assessments; workplace inspections and investigations; early-and-safe-return-to-work; harassment and loss control. By the end of the training, participants will not only have an understanding of OH&S legislation and the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers – they will also have knowledge and tools necessary to develop, implement and monitor a health and safety program for their company.

Participants who complete the full training will also receive the following:

  • Level 1 OHS Committee, WHS Representative and Designate Certification (WorkplaceNL)*
  • Supervisor Health and Safety Certification (WorkplaceNL)
  • Harassment Training Certification

Additional compliance training (i.e. power line hazards, fall protection, confined space entry etc.) may be required dependent upon the scope of work carried out by the company.

*Participants who complete COR®  Training will have the option of completing the additional 1-Day Level 2 OHS Committee Member Certification (WorkplaceNL) free of charge, prior to the expiry of their L1 Certification (within 3 years).

COR® Training Skills Are Good To Have

While only one person from each business needs to receive COR® safety training for accreditation purposes, firms may consider providing these skills to other key people on staff (ie., Managers, Supervisors, Foreman, Superintendents, Project Managers, Safety Personnel, etc.). Providing relevant training to the appropriate people is a key part of developing and implementing a safe work environment.

The organization develops an OHS Program based upon COR® standards and the information provided during the COR® training. The OHS Program is then submitted to the NLCSA for review. Once reviewed, the organization in then responsible to implement the program.

By Step 3, the organizations will be working toward the completion of a safety manual and the implementation of the required management systems, including a comprehensive hazard assessment.

When satisfied with the level and quality of the safety manual and program implementation, the organization will measure results by conducting an Internal Audit (also referred to as an Internal Safety Review) which is subsequently reviewed and verified by an NLCSA representative. Review requirements and instructions on how to use the NLCSA COR® Audit Instrument are outlined in detail in the Principles of Loss Control Audit portion of the COR® training courses.

After successfully completing the Internal Audit, firms are then considered Audit Pending’. A date for an External Safety Review, to be conducted on-site by an NLCSA representative, will then be arranged.

At this point a Letter of Good Standing indicating “Audit Pending” is awarded to the company, valid for a period of 60 days, to allow for the scheduling and completion of the external audit.

An NLCSA representative conducts an audit of the organization’s activity to verify compliance with the established OHS Program and COR® standards. Once complete, the organization is provided with a written audit report which outlines the results of the audit and where necessary, identifies any deficiencies that must be addressed prior to certification.

Upon successful completion of the External Audit, COR® certification will be issued by the NLCSA. The time frame associated with the COR® process varies from company to company. Many companies achieve their Certificate of Recognition® within 4 to 6 months of starting the process, and almost all companies achieve COR® certification within 12 months from the completion of the 5-day COR® training.

A Letter of Good Standing indicating the company’s status will be issued and will be valid for a period of time. The Letter of Good Standing is the bid document currently called for by purchasers of construction services requiring certification.

The letter has two designations:

  1. Audit Pending
  2. Certificate of Recognition®

To maintain certification and a current Letter of Good Standing, companies must successfully complete annual internal reviews of their health and safety program and an external review by the NLCSA every three years.

Click here to view a sample COR® Certificate.
Click here to view a sample Letter of Good Standing
Click here to view the different NLCSA Membership Types


Letter of Good Standing                                          Certificate of Recognition®