The NCSO® and NHSA™ designation must be kept up-to-date on a 3-year recertification cycle from the date of initial certification. The maintenance component consists of four parts: Professional development hours, maintenance of current certification, safety proficiency assignment, and proof of continued work in industry.
Please refer to the individual policies below for details on which course certificates must be renewed, how and where to gain your professional development hours, what is required for the safety proficiency component, and how to submit your proof of continued work in industry. The guide below additionally includes information on how to submit your recertification application, as well as the BCCSA policy on late recertification.
As a certified NCSO®/NHSA™, your application portal is now in ‘maintenance’ mode. To submit your recertification application:
Log into your NCSO®/NHSA™ application portal > Navigate to the certificate upload section > attach your file to upload > Make your payment and submit the application for review
For your professional development hours, you can take a picture or scan the front of your professional development card, ensuring that:
If you are not using a BCCSA professional development card, no problem! You can upload your course completion certificates, conference attendance receipts, or other documentation showing proof of attendance and participation.
All NCSO® & NHSA™ recertification applications must be submitted no later than the end of day (11:59 pm) of your certificate expiry date. If your application has not been submitted by the certificate expiry date, your status will be considered lapsed, and your name will be removed from the list of qualified BC NCSOs / NHSAs. The BCCSA strongly recommends completing your requirements and submitting your recertification application at least 90 days prior to expiry.
The cost to resubmit your application is $75 + GST
In some extenuating circumstances, the BCCSA will allow a grace period of one month post certificate expiry for applicants to complete and submit their applications without penalty fee. You must notify the NCSO® Coordinator at least three weeks prior your certificate expiry, in writing, to discuss your case and receive written approval to submit your application after expiry without penalty. Failure to renew the certificate by the expiry date without prior written approval will disqualify applicants from the no-penalty grace period.
As part of the NCSO® & NHSA™ designation maintenance component, applicants are required to complete a total of six (6) professional development hours within three years of receiving the NCSO® / NHSA™ designation (or last renewal).
Event Qualification Criteria
Events attended for professional development hours must abide by the following criteria:
If you are unsure whether the event you intend to participate in will qualify for professional development, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604 636 0326 for guidance.
Details & Limitations
BCCSA Promoted Events
Each year, the BCCSA will promote several events in the Lower Mainland and throughout BC where you can gain your professional development hours. Please note that you are not required to attend these events, however they are great opportunities to network with industry, meet other NCSOs, and gain your hours in one spot!
If you are attending a non-promoted event and are unsure if it will qualify, please contact the NCSO® Coordinator at email@example.com.
To maintain your designation, you will be required to submit updated copies of any completed certificates that have expired from the date you receive your NCSO™/ NHSA designation.
Certificates That Must Be Renewed
Details & Limitations
As part of the maintenance component, applicants must additionally complete and submit a Safety Proficiency Assignment (SPA). For recertification, you have the choice of completing one of the following sets of requirements:
You can submit any 2 of the 4 SPA documents: Tool box talk/workplace inspection/ incident investigation/ hazard assessment + 1 COR® audit completed within last 3 years, or
If you have not completed a full COR® audit, then all 4 SPA documents must be submitted
The applicant must also provide proof of their continued construction field experience and provide the
If you have not taken CSTS-09 before September 9, 2019, you can still get your NCSO®/NHSA™ but you will be required to take our BC specific replacement for CSTS-09 once it is developed, as part of your NCSO®/NHSA™ designation maintenance.