CCSA Certified 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

Certification Process

  • Step 1

Register and successfully complete the 2-day CCSA Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors Workshop (minimum of 80% required on the exam). Equivalencies may be accepted.

  • Step 2

Register and successfully complete the 2-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop (minimum of 80% required on the exam) and submit the Auditor Code of Ethics. Equivalencies will not be accepted.

  • Step 3

Successfully complete an internal qualification audit within 6 months of completing the Auditor Training Workshop.

  • Minimum of 80% required on the final Quality Assurance review (QA Review) with no critical errors.
  • Maximum 3 QA Reviews.

Maintaining Certification

  1. Attend an auditor refresher once every three years.
  2. Sign the Code of Ethics once every three years.
  3. Adhere to the Code of Ethics
  4. Submit two (2) audits every three (3) years to maintain their Internal Auditor status.
  5. Achieve 80% or better on the QA review. 

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in cancellation of Internal Auditor status.

External Auditor Process

Certification Process

  • Step 1

Self-assess to confirm education and safety experience requirements.

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in Health & Safety
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in health and safety auditing
  • Must have a one of the following:
    • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
    • Canadian registered Safety Consultant (CRSC)
    • Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA)
    • Occupational Health & Safety Management Certificate/Diploma
    • Or an approved equivalency
  • Step 2

Complete the External Auditor Application form and submit to the CCSA for review and approval at least 45 days prior to course date.

  • Step 3

Once the External Auditor Candidate has been approved by the CCSA, register and successfully complete the 2-day CCSA  Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors Workshop (minimum of 80% required on the exam) within 6 months of the approval date. Equivalencies may be accepted.

  • Step 4

Register and successfully complete the 2-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop (minimum of 80% required on the exam) and submit the Auditor Code of Ethics within 6 months of the approval date. Equivalencies will not be accepted.

  • Step 5

Successfully complete a qualification audit with a CCSA member, at no charge to the member within 6 months of completing the Auditor Training Workshop.

  • Minimum of 80% required on the first Quality Assurance review (QA Review)
  • Minimum of 95% required on the final QA Review.
  • Maximum 3 QA Reviews.

Maintaining Certification

  1. Attend an auditor refresher once every three years.
  2. Sign the Code of Ethics once every three years.
  3. Adhere to the Code of Ethics
  4. Submit at least one audit annually and in a two (2) year period at least one is submitted for a CCSA member (industry codes 82808 and 82800).
  5. Achieve 90% or better on the QA review. 

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in cancellation of External Auditor status and removal of name 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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