Certificate of Recognition (COR®)
Saskatchewan Certificate of Recognition (COR®) Program
The Certificate of Recognition (COR®) program is an occupational health and safety program designation verifying that a company has a fully-implemented health and safety management system that meets national standards. COR® is nationally trademarked and is endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA), including the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). The objective of COR® is to provide companies with the knowledge and tools to develop effective health and safety management systems to identify weaknesses that can lead to costly workplace injuries and incidents.
COR® is the national standard in safety recognition in the safety industry and its objective is to reduce incidents and their associated human and financial costs. COR® certification is now frequently required as a pre-qualification and/or condition of contract by public and private buyers of construction across Canada. A significant number of industry-leading Saskatchewan companies are COR® certified.
COR® Program Certification Benefits
- Injury prevention and cost savings: A COR® certified company can experience reduced financial costs associated with injuries and incidents that affect the company’s financial bottom line. A good safety record will enhance an organization’s reputation in the industry. Employers have found an evaluation of their health and safety program is an effective way to identify organizations weaknesses to be corrected. This can lead to improvements in the system, and fewer job injuries and fewer job interruptions will contribute to a more productive and profitable company.
- Pre-bid qualification: COR® certification is a pre-bid qualification requirement for many buyers of construction in Saskatchewan. Qualifying your company to bid puts your company at a decided advantage when compared to those companies that are not COR® certified. The COR® program is often referenced by construction owners and contractors to locate employers with a demonstrated commitment to accident prevention.
- Due diligence: The documentation and general safety awareness produced by the COR® process may also provide evidence of due diligence if your company is charged with an Occupational Health and Safety offence. Through the process of training, program development, and implementation, companies build a more effective organization
COR® Program Registration Process Updates
*Please note that there are updates to the COR® Program registration process. For detailed information, please visit: www.scasonline.ca/cor-updates
All Saskatchewan COR® and Saskatchewan COR® Program Equivalency Certified Companies
- View the most recent list of all Saskatchewan COR® Program companies in good standing with the SCSA, here: http://www.scsaonline.ca/news/SCSA-COR-Companies
COR® Certification Process
1.Register into the COR® program:
- Complete a COR® Registration Compliance Declaration
- Include your completed COR® Registration Compliance Declaration with your COR® Registration Form [you can register using our online registration form (you will be asked to upload your declaration form at the bottom of the form) or complete and submit the paper version (ensure a scanned copy of your declaration form is e-mailed along with your application form or enclosed in the envelope you mail to the SCSA]
- There are two types of COR® applications:
- Full Saskatchewan COR®: Available to companies that have permanent office(s) in Saskatchewan. Companies may certify divisions, branches or sections of a WCB account number; however, each WCB account must qualify for its own COR®. By registering into the SCSA COR® Program your company is committing to actively progress through the required milestones of achieving this prestigious certification within 18 months. To remain registered in the COR® program, you must complete Milestone #1 requirements within the first 12 months of registration, followed by achieving certification status by 18 months. The SCSA COR® Program requires a minimum of (1) Permanent Saskatchewan employee to complete and maintain SCSA COR® training requirements. A person can only be the trained employee for (1) WCB Account number, or in the case of an ownership group, one person may be the trained employee for multiples companies in the ownership group providing the scope of work is the same. Positions that are excluded from the definition of “permanent Saskatchewan Employee” include consultants, sub-contractors and casual employees.
- Saskatchewan COR® Equivalency: Available to companies that are currently working in Saskatchewan that do not have a permanent office in Saskatchewan and they hold a valid COR® in another province. (Subject to an External Limited scope audit on Saskatchewan worksites).
2. Complete all (4) mandatory courses required for the COR® program:
- Safety Management: Must be taken prior to Safety Auditor Training (No recertification in Safety Management required).
Safety Auditor Training: (Pre-requisite is Safety Management). Must submit a self-audit and obtain SCSA Internal Auditor Certification within 8 months of training. Failure to submit this proficiency within the designated time frame will result in the student repeating the two-day training course. COR® audits will only be accepted from an individual with valid SCSA Internal Auditor status. Failure to submit annual audits and re-certify before expiry will result in the student repeating the two-day Safety Auditor Training course.
Please note: To maintain active auditor status, one personal maintenance audit during the three-year validity of the SCSA Safety Auditor Training. The audit must be conducted using the SCSA national standard audit document. Best practice is to submit the required audit to the SCSA no later than four months prior to their SCSA Safety Auditor Training expiry date to allow time for the audit review and possible corrections.
- Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE) with proficiency: One-time certification, providing the proficiency is submitted within 8 months from training date. Failure to submit the proficiency within the designated time frame will result in the student repeating the two-day training course.
- Choice of one of the following:
- WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer – 2020 Edition: By law, all companies that use hazardous materials are required to have a WHMIS program in place. Recognition will be given to those companies whom have a worker trained in either WHMIS 2015 – Live on the Jobsite or WHMIS 2015 – Train the Trainer.
- Basic Training Techniques: This two-day class can be taken in place of WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer and no recertification is required.
3. Develop and implement a safety program:
Using the course information your company has gained from the above-mentioned courses, develop and implement a quality safety program for your company. Our Safety Advisors are available to provide guidance and support while you are developing your safety program. It takes time to develop a quality health and safety program and most companies will need at least six months to build their basic safety program.
4. Undergo and pass an external health and safety audit:
This process proves that your health and safety program is achieving the desired results and that your company has met the standard necessary to become a COR® certified company.
5. Maintain certification:
To maintain certification, the company must submit a satisfactory internal or external audit annually.
You will be required to complete, sign, and upload the "Certificate of Recognition (COR®) Registration Compliance Declaration" form, below when applying for the COR® program online OR include it with your hard copy application submission to the SCSA:
STEP ONE: Complete the COR® Registration Compliance form, below, to include with your COR® Registration Form:
STEP TWO: Register by either submitting the online or paper version of the COR® Registration Form, below.
- Online version of the COR® Program Registration Form: http://www.scsaonline.ca/forms/cor
- Paper version of the COR® Registration Form (PDF): www.scsaonline.ca/pdf/COR_REGISTRATION_FORM_(08-May-2017).pdf
Letter of reciprocity:
The SCSA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) and subject to a reciprocity agreement that promotes the free movement of COR® certified employers throughout all provinces and the Yukon Territory. Certified employers apply through their home safety association for reciprocity to bid on work in another jurisdiction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on Saskatchewan Equivalency and Letter of Reciprocity.
Please note: Program requirements and fees subject to change without notice.
COR® is a registered trademark of members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.