Auditors

Auditors

The ultimate goal of the audit is to help an organization improve its health and safety management system. The CCSA certifies two different types of auditors and, based on their certification, those auditors perform either COR certification or COR maintenance audits.

External Auditor

Able to perform COR certification/recertification or COR maintenance audits for any of the CCSA member organizations (external and internal audits).

Internal Auditor

Able to perform a COR maintenance audit of your organization (internal audits).

 

How to become a CCSA Certified Auditor

Internal Auditor Process

  1. Attend the CCSA Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors workshop. (Equivalency may be accepted)
  2. Attend the two-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop.
  3. Complete course activities and achieve a passing grade on the exam of 80%.
  4. Complete a qualifying internal audit no more than six months after having taken the course.
  5. Submit the audit for review to the CCSA.
  6. Achieve an 80% score on the audit review.
  7. Internal Auditors are required to attend an auditor update as notified.
  8. All Internal Auditors are required to submit two audits every 3 years to maintain their Internal Auditor status. Failure to comply with requirements will result in cancellation of Internal Auditor status.

External Auditor Process

External auditors must apply to the CCSA and be approved and accepted prior to being certified. 

NOTE: CCSA is not accepting any further external auditor applications for the remainder of 2021.

Once the CCSA’s Executive Director approves an applicant, the steps to becoming certified are as follows:

  1. Attend the CCSA Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors workshop. 
  2. Attend the two-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop. 
  3. Complete course activities and achieve a passing grade on the exam of 80%.
  4. Complete a qualifying internal audit no more than six months after having taken the Auditor Training workshop, using one of the CCSA PIR members at no charge to the member.
  5. Submit the audit including all Auditor notes and interview notes to the CCSA for review. The audit will be returned after the review.
  6. Achieve an 90% score on the audit review.
  7. External Auditors are required to attend an auditor update as notified.
  8. External Auditors are required to submit at least one audit for a CCSA member (industry codes 82808 and 82800) in a two-year period. Failure to comply may result in name being deleted from the CCSA approved External Auditor list.

Important note for Auditors

If you took the prerequisite OHSMS course prior to 2019, due to the legislative changes you will be required to pass (80%) an open book challenge exam before attending the auditor training.  Those who do not pass the exam will be required to take the OHSMS two-day course before acceptance into auditor training.

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