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National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO)

NCSO Certification demonstrates that a person’s skill level, education, and work effort has met the requirements of a national standard. In addition to meeting a national standard, NCSOs who receive their certification through IHSA, are qualified to serve as COR™ Internal Auditors and Construction Health & Safety Representatives. These dual qualifications will make them more marketable to potential employers.

Some highlights of the program include:

  • Training for:
  • 1. COR™ Essentials
  • 2. COR™ Internal Auditor
  • 3. Introduction to Hazard & Risk Management
  • 4. Defensive Driving General
  • A work assessment – Simulated exercise
  • A “code of ethics” criterion
  • A knowledge verification test – Provincial and National Exam
  • Maintenance criteria:
    • Proof of renewal for relevant courses
    • Three days of Professional Development every three years.

For IHSA's latest communique about the NCSO program, click here. For FAQs about the NCSO program click here.

Application and Reference Guide for the National Construction Safety Officer Certificate

This Application and Reference Guide provides prospective candidates with an outline of the requirements and an overview of the application process, experience requirements, and required maintenance program. As well, a list of frequently asked questions about the NCSO Certificate has been collected to assist applicants through the process. Download Guide

Application Forms

NCSO Application Form

Complete the two-page application form to become a National Construction Safety Officer.

Application for Renewal of National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) Certificate

Complete this form to renew your certification.

NCSO Complaints/Appeal Form

Use this form if you are submitting a complaint or appealing a decision regarding your NCSO application.

Application to Appeal Outcome of NCSO Application/Renewal

Use this form to appeal the outcome of your application or renewal.

Code of Ethics for NCSO

Download and sign the code of ethics document. The signed code of ethics must be submitted with the application form.

National Construction Safety Officer Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure your application package and documentation is complete.

Equivalency Exemption Form

Use this form for each course equivalency request.

NCSO Study Guide

Use this study guide to prepare for writing the provincial and national NCSO™ exams.


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