Certification has its privileges! The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)®/Professionnel en sécurité agréé du Canada (PSAC)® certification is considered a benchmark in the OHS profession and the designation of choice for Canadian OHS professionals.
As a safety professional, you have many options and choices when it comes to your career path. Only you can make the choice to pursue a certification. Pursuing the CRSP®/PSAC® certification will set you apart from others in your field and will have a measurable impact on your career. CRSPs/PSACs receive the best opportunities for career advancement and are sought for their expertise.
A 2011 study on the Perceived Value of Certification indicated that achieving the CRSP®/PSAC® designation:
- Is an indication of professional growth,
- Enhances professional credibility,
- Provides evidence of professional commitment,
- Enhances employability and mobility, and
- Increases earning potential
Many employers prefer or require applicants for OHS positions to hold the CRSP®/PSAC® certification, particularly for mid-career and senior positions. The CRSP®/PSAC® certification provides employers and the public with the assurance that certified individuals possess the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to perform competently.
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The Purpose of Certification
The purpose of certification in the occupational health and safety (OHS) field is to promote excellence and professionalism. The CRSP®/PSAC® certification demonstrates that certified individuals have met minimum formal education and experience requirements and demonstrated that they have acquired a minimum level of knowledge and expertise in this field by passing the CRSP® Examination (CRSPEX).
We invite you to take a look at what the CRSP®/PSAC® designation can do for you…
Who becomes a CRSP®/PSAC®? Applicants who have decided to become a CRSP®/PSAC® come from a variety of backgrounds and have the following characteristics:
- Many have a wide range of experience
- Some are in their first or second career
- They come from all industries
Some applicants apply at the three year minimum requirement level, while others have 10-15 years of experience or more. Regardless of background, the CRSP®/PSAC® certification is for many a career goal.
Value of Certification
Obtaining a CRSP®/PSAC® designation will set you apart from others within the OHS industry and emphasize that you are professionally committed to health and safety within the workplace.
When you see CRSP®/PSAC® after a name, you know that they have been through a rigorous process that verifies their formal education, professional practice and professional development and that they have successfully passed a competency based certification examination. They have also signed and agreed to abide to a Code of Ethics and maintain ongoing professional development.
The CRSP®/PSAC® designation represents a personal benchmark that validates your knowledge, skill and practice. It also provides a transferrable credential, either domestically or internationally within the profession through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two similar certification boards, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in the United States and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom. To review the signed agreements of the BCSP and IOSH, visit Reciprocal Agreements and Applications.
Enhance Your Employability and Earning Potential
At least 70% of employers list the CRSP®/PSAC® designation as a requirement for a professional position in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Having yours will get you one step closer to excellent career path opportunities. In 2017, the BCRSP Salary Survey reported that the median salary for CRSPs was $80,000 (16.8% of CRSPs). Across Canada, 50.5% of CRSP®/PSAC® respondents reported salaries of above $100,000.
Employers recognize the value of certification and this is reflected through increased salary, internal recognition or promotion. Since 2006 there was a 56% increase in the number of CRSPs and those who have obtained their CRSP® certification demonstrate a passion for professional growth and continuous learning of health and safety industry trends. CRSPs understand the respected standard of safety practices. The CRSP®/PSAC® is a quality certification being the only Canadian OHS certification accredited to ISO 17024 and certified to ISO 9001.
Professional Growth and Credibility
Credibility, ethical commitment and quality assurance are important elements of CRSP®PSAC® certification. What does this mean to you? It means that as a CRSP®/PSAC® you will be viewed by employers as an OHS expert within the workplace. The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® designation has become a prerequisite to qualify for many health and safety positions and is a widely accepted form of recognition by industry and government.