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Audits

The ultimate goal of the audit is to help an organization improve its health and safety management system.

The CCSA certifies two different types of auditors and, based on their certification, those auditors perform either COR certification or COR maintenance audits.

Depending on your organization's and/or your own specific needs you may choose to either pursue external auditor certification or internal auditor certification. What's the difference?

External Auditor

Internal Auditor
Able to perform external and/or internal audits for any of the CCSA member organizations (COR certification audit).

Able to perform an internal audit of your organization (maintenance audits).

How to become a CCSA certified Auditor

*The CCSA is not accepting applications for External Auditors at this time.

External Auditor Application Process:

  1. Submit a resume outlining your experience in health & safety and types of industries you are familiar with.
  2. Provide a clearance/criminal record check from the RCMP or local authorities (the clearance must be current, within 6 months of issuance by the RCMP or local authorities).
  3. Renewal of clearance/criminal record check must be submitted every 4 years.
  4. Include a letter outlining why you would like to be a CCSA Auditor.
  5. A CCSA designate will conduct an interview with you.
  6. Provide three or four references (that are not relatives).
  7. Provide a sample audit for CCSA review.

          *Preference will be given to those applicants with experience in the health care industry.

External Auditor Process:

Once the CCSA’s Executive Director approves an applicant, the steps to becoming certified are as follows:

  1. Attend the CCSA Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors workshop.  (Equivalency may be accepted)
  2. Attend the two-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop. (Equivalency may be accepted)
  3. Complete course activities and achieve a passing grade on the exam of 80%.
  4. Complete a qualifying internal audit no more than six months after having taken the Auditor Training workshop, using one of the CCSA PIR members at no charge to the member.
  5. Submit the audit including all Auditor notes and interview notes to the CCSA for review. The audit will be returned after the review.
  6. Achieve an 80% score on the audit review.
  7. External Auditors are required to attend an auditor update as notified.
  8. External Auditors are required to submit at least one audit for a CCSA member (industry codes 82808 and 82800) in a two-year period. Failure to comply may result in name being deleted from the CCSA approved External Auditor list.

Internal Auditor Process:

  1.  Attend the CCSA Health & Safety Management Systems: Basics for Auditors workshop. (Equivalency may be accepted)
  2. Attend the two-day CCSA Auditor Training workshop.
  3. Complete course activities and achieve a passing grade on the exam of 80%.
  4. Complete a qualifying internal audit no more than six months after having taken the course.
  5. Submit the audit for review to the CCSA.
  6. Achieve an 80% score on the audit review.
  7. Internal Auditors are required to attend an auditor update as notified.
  8. All Internal Auditors are required to submit two audits every 3 years to maintain their Internal Auditor status. Failure to comply with requirements will result in cancellation of Internal Auditor status.

Auditor Updates: The CCSA will provide update information to all Auditors through Auditor Updates to ensure all Auditors are using the most current audit instrument and following appropriate procedures. Auditor Updates occur yearly and run for at least 2.5 hours to comply with Partnership’s standards.

Next Auditor Update to be scheduled May 2018. Check back to register here.

Auditor Resources

CCSA Certified External Auditors List
CCSA Auditor Training:

CCSA Auditor Member Page (Username and Password required)