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COR® & SECOR® Audit Requirements

Verification of the implementation of your safety and health management system is assessed through a series of formal audits which includes observations of the workplace, reviewing documentation, and interviewing employees using the audit tool and process approved by CSAM.

Your safety program is audited annually to confirm the national COR® standards are met. Audits are to be completed by a qualified and competent auditor and must follow the prescribed audit instrument of the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. For an audit to be successful, it must achieve at minimum, a score of 80 per cent overall and 50 per cent in each element.

Company Self-Audit CSAM Internal Audit Independent Audit
Initial COR® certification Yes Yes Yes
Years two and three Yes Yes No
Year four (start over) Yes Yes Yes

Detailed Audit Schedule

Certification Year

The company must submit a complete and successful company self-audit. In addition, the company must pass an internal audit by CSAM and an independent audit. The independent audit must be conducted by credited safety personnel whose credentials are approved by CSAM, but who are completely out of scope for the CSAM program.

Upon successful completion of the final independent audit, a COR® certificate is issued to the company. CSAM will also
notify the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) of your achievement of COR® Certification and your eligibility to receive the WCB Prevention Rebate (15 per cent of your assessment premium).

COR® Certification is valid for a period not exceeding three years and must be validated annually with a Letter of Good Standing that verifies the training, auditing, and national standards are maintained. The certification audit cycle repeats on years 4, 7, 10, etc.

Maintenance Years (Second and Third After Certification Year)

Prior to the first day of your anniversary month of the company COR® Certification, the company must submit a successful company self-audit. A CSAM verification review will then be completed. Upon successful completion of the verification review, a Letter of Good Standing will be issued.

*Effective November 1st, 2021: Supporting documentation for maintenance year audits is no longer required if the audit is completed by a registered auditor.

CSAM will also notify WCB of your continued maintenance of COR® Certification and your eligibility to receive your WCB Prevention Rebate (15 per cent of your assessment premium).

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COR® & SECOR® Audit Requirements

The employer must have at least one (1) active work site and 50 per cent of the peak workforce to initiate a CSAM internal audit and/or an independent audit.

Privileges associated with the COR® accreditation program are dependent on performance and will be revoked by CSAM if required standards are not maintained. For further details, please review CSAM’s Quality Assurance Program for Safety and Health Audits.


All audit reviews, audit instruments and supporting documentation submitted to CSAM are strictly confidential and will be kept on file with CSAM for a minimum of one (1) year. These findings will not be released to anyone, except as legally required.

Audit Fees

Fees associated with safety audits are required annually. This annual fee offsets independent audit costs for accreditation, with the balance of the costs being absorbed within the current CSAM operating budget. All CSAM internal audit costs performed prior to the independent audit will still be absorbed from within the CSAM existing program budget. Note: Audit fees and structure depends on membership type.

COR®/SECOR® Certification requirements and costs

Certificiate and Letter of Good Standing

A COR® or SECOR® Certificate will be issued after the completion of a successful independent audit and review of that independent audit results by CSAM. The certificate will have a three-year expiry date and is only valid with the annual letter of good standing. A Letter of Good Standing is issued annually to validate the COR® Certificate and ensure all standards are met.

Registered Auditor

A company self-audit must be submitted by a CSAM Registered Auditor. A registered auditor is a recognized and specially trained individual who is qualified to assess an employer’s safety and health management system. Items required for registered auditor application submission include the following:

  • Completion of the application for Registered Auditor.
  • Verification of attendance in Principles of Safety Management/Simplified Safety and Safety Auditor.
  • Submission of a completed audit instrument and required supporting documentation.
  • Submission of a corrective action plan including a corrective action plan for the assignment of responsibility, and implementation dates for corrective actions.

Individuals who apply for Registered Auditor status must complete the CSAM Principles of Safety Management/Simplified Safety and Safety Auditor courses. Equivalent training through other provincial jurisdictions may be given consideration for credit. A CSAM Registered Auditor certificate with a three-year expiry date will be issued upon successful evaluation and approval. Registered Auditors must submit one self-audit every three years to maintain their status. If you would like more information on becoming a Registered Auditor, please contact safety@constructionsafety.ca. You can also download an application here.

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