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The NCSO™ Designation

The objective of the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) program is to provide verification of a nationally recognized level of competency in relation to construction safety.

The National Construction Safety Officer (NCSOTM) designation verifies that a person has met the national standard of training, practical application, years of experience, and written performance measurement as set out by the members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).

Persons who achieve the NCSOTM designation can be a valuable resource to management in the administration and implementation of a company’s health and safety program for the purpose of reducing incidents, injuries, or loss.


Getting started

To learn more about the requirements to achieving the NCSO™ designation, take a look at our terms of participation document. To get started, follow the steps below. If you need help keeping track of your progress, download our requirements aid document.

Have construction field experience

The applicant must have a minimum of three years of construction field experience to receive the NCSOTM designation.

You’ll need to submit proof of this experience below.

Submit supporting documentation

Please complete the form below to submit the required supporting documentation.

Click here for criteria and examples for proof of experience.

Complete 10 compulsory courses

All compulsory courses are available through CSAM’s classroom training:

Complete two elective courses

To fulfill requirements, elective courses must be provided by CSAM or a recognized provider and take a minimum duration of four hours.

Elective options from CSAM include:

Courses taken at any of the CSAM conferences or at a recognized training provider can be submitted for review and, if accepted, they will apply toward the elective requirements.

CSAM will grant equivalency for training taken with our affiliated associations through the CFCSA or Industry Based Safety Programs (IBSP) in Manitoba, but courses must meet the intent of the mandatory requirements.


Any two online courses will equal one elective course. A maximum of two online courses will be accepted. Our full list of online courses is available here.

Write the provincial and national exam

The exam fee exam is $50. A minimum exam score of 80 per cent is required.

Exam dates for 2020 are available in both Winnipeg and Brandon:

  • September 16, 2020 *Deadline for submitting documentation is September 9th, 2020
  • December 9, 2020 *Deadline for submitting documentation is December 2nd, 2020

If you are ready to write your NCSO™ exam, you will need to email ncso@constructionsafety.ca prior to the document submission deadline to register.

For more information

If you have any questions or require assistance, email ncso@constructionsafety.ca.