National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) or Equivalents

NCSO™ or the provincial/territorial equivalent status verifies that a person has met the training, practical application, years of experience and written performance measurement standards as set out by the members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.

Participating members of the CFCSA will recognize the right of each jurisdiction to set their own standards over and above the agreed upon minimum requirements and will accept the standard set by the respective host construction safety association.

Persons who achieve the NCSO™ standing can be a valuable resource to management in the administration and implementation of a company‚Äôs health & safety program for the purpose of reducing incidents, injuries or loss.

Training Elements:

The members of CFCSA have agreed that the following will be the minimum compulsory elements of the training required:

General Compulsory Elements

  • Health and Safety Program Content
  • Investigations & Reporting
  • Training & Communication
  • Legislation & Responsibilities
  • Supervisory Training
  • Emergency Preparedness & First Aid
  • Hazard Identification, Analysis & Control
  • Inspections
  • Records & Statistics
  • Auditing

Construction Specific Elements:

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Occupational Health/Hygiene
  • Safe Work Practices & Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Site Safety & Housekeeping

Practical Application:

The members of CFCSA have agreed that the following will be the minimum compulsory practical application of the training required:

  • Hazard Identification & Control
  • Communication Exercise
  • Safety Program Audit


The members of CFCSA have agreed that a total minimum of 3 years of practical construction related experience will be required.

Written Performance Measurement Standards

The members of CFCSA have agreed that written performance measurement standards must be met to verify competency (by element or as a comprehensive review or both).