National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) Program


NCSO™ certification is designed to recognize the skills of those who regularly perform a safety function in the field or on the jobsite. Certification requires an applicant to possess a minimum of three years of construction field experience.

Individuals certified under the NCSO™ designation demonstrate the skills to:

  • Assist management to implement, maintain, and monitor a company’s health and safety system. 
  • Review and identify various health and safety issues specific to the work site and company operations.
  • Communicate effectively with government, occupational health and safety officers, management, and workers regarding all aspects of health and safety.

Those seeking NCSO™ designation are required to conduct a Certificate of Recognition (COR®) health and safety student audit of their company as part of their certification.

NCSO™ is a professional designation recognized by all provincial and territorial construction safety associations across Canada – members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). 

Those without three years of construction field experience may consider the distinct but equivalent NHSA™ (National Health and Safety Administrator) certification, which recognizes the skills of those who undertake safety functions for their company at an administrative level.

Compulsory Courses:

Please Note: We will also grant equivalency for training taken with our sister associations that are members of the CFCSA, with the exception of Safety Auditor Training for the COR® Program.

Elective Courses (any two):


Detailed NCSO™ Standards




  • Nationally Recognized NCSO Exam ***

Exams can be written at any of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s test centres in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw or through Remote Proctoring.

To verify your exam eligibility and be provided registration information, please email

All courses and proficiencies must be completed and maintained to be eligible to write the nationally recognized NCSO™ exam.

* Proof of re-certification must be submitted every three (3) years.
** Proof of re-certification must be submitted every five (5) years.
*** Proof of NCSO™ maintenance requirements must be submitted every three (3) years.


Along with the completed application form, PROOF OF THREE YEARS FIELD EXPERIENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MUST BE PROVIDED in the form of a letter(s) from current and/or former employers certifying you have met the experience requirement. The three years of experience must be within the last ten years – NO EXCEPTIONS. 


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Please note: Program requirements and fees subject to change without notice.