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A Construction Safety Officer (CSO) is responsible for ensuring required safety protocols are followed on a work site. A CSO will conduct safety orientation for new workers, and give crew-talks to keep personnel informed about safety. They will also conduct and document site inspections, site hazard audits, and maintain site safety plans to ensure that work being done on a site follows safety regulation.

BCIT provides training to students who wish to pursue a career as a safety professional through the CNST 1100 – Construction Safety Officer Training course. Please visit the course webpages for details on the dates, costs, and locations of the individual courses.

Following the successful completion of the CNST 1100 course, students can apply for their Construction Safety Officer Certificate by registering with the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of BC (ASTTBC). The ASTTBC is the only professional association in the province registering Construction Safety Officers, and only as a registered safety professional with the ASTTBC will you have the sole legal right to use the “Protected Title” of Construction Safety Officer and/or CSO.


CNST 1100 – Construction Safety Officer Training
Basic skills required to work as a Construction Safety Officer.

CNST 1104 – Safety Officer Supplemental Training
Skills that complement the training for a Construction Safety Officer.

Further education

BCIT’s Construction Safety Officer Training classes are often a starting point for safety professionals. The credits for the CNST 1100 and CNST 1104 classes can be applied to the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program which is delivered through distance education.

Further training, as well as work experience, can lead graduates to their Gold Seal certification, a safety credential recognized across Canada. In BC an applicant for the Gold Seal exam must have either:

  • A CSO designation as well as the Construction Safety Specialist (CSS) designation given by the BC Construction Safety Alliance. There is also a prerequisite of safety experience. Details for the CSS can be found by visiting BCCSA.

Apply for review by the Canadian Construction Association and eligibility may be granted based on a combination of experience and education.

Contact us to find out more

For further information on Construction Safety Officer Training at BCIT, please contact Matt Magee, the program assistant, at 604-454-2266.

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