COR Certification Alberta

We are specialists in helping your company obtain a COR Certification in Alberta

We are specialists in helping your company obtain COR Certification in Alberta

Our team is committed to providing the support and guidance necessary to ensure that your company meets the required occupational safety preparations and attains the prestigious Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Alberta.

How to Obtaining and Maintaining COR Certification in Alberta?

Because we know that it is not a easy task to obtain COR, with our solutions we guarantee that your safety program is compliant and has all the essential elements to address the requirements of the that any company is able to Achieve and Maintain COR Certification, so you can quickly get your Certificate of Recognition (COR)

Step 1: Choose a Certification Partner

Choosing the right certification partner is the first crucial step. Working with a trusted and reputable certification partner ensures a rigorous and efficient certification process.

Step 2: Implement a Health and Safety Management System

Establishing a robust health and safety management system is fundamental. Our expert team will help you develop and execute a system that meets the required standards for obtaining COR certification. With essential courses for COR certification, the internal auditor can initiate relevant safety improvements.

Step 3: Conduct an Audit

After implementing the management system, the next step is to undergo an external audit. This assessment, conducted by an external auditor, will evaluate the effectiveness of your occupational health and safety system.

How to Conduct an External Audit

The first step is to contact an external auditor who can issue the appropriate documentation and schedule the visit date. It is then important to prepare for the external audit with the company’s safety history and essential documents. In our specific courses for obtaining COR certification, you will find guidance on the necessary documentation and procedures during the audit.

Audit Instruments

Specific standards are used to determine whether the company is eligible to receive COR Certification. These criteria are managed by both the external auditor and the internal auditor, who implements changes in work routines to adapt to occupational health and safety requirements.

Step 4: After the Audit

After completing the audit and if your company successfully passes the evaluation, you will receive relevant information to sustain the required standards and maintain COR certification. This structured approach ensures a clear and effective process for obtaining and maintaining the coveted COR Certification in Alberta, ensuring occupational safety and regulatory compliance for your company.

What is COR certification Alberta?

COR certification is a way to demonstrate and recognize companies’ efforts to create and implement a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS). In Alberta, specific provincial standards are established, and employers are evaluated during an external audit to ensure proper implementation.

For large companies, COR certification is awarded, while small employers, defined as companies with a maximum of ten employees, are offered a certificate called SECOR.

COR/SECOR is a voluntary program that aims to create a safety culture that inspires others to commit to health and safety in the workplace. Both employers and employees desire these benefits. This commitment to safety improves the work environment and the quality of work.

Furthermore, with an improved occupational health and safety system, the risks of workplace incidents are minimized, and employers can opt for a financial incentive derived from a refund of WCB premiums of up to 20%.

It is important to identify the nature of each company and industry in order to understand the components of a personalized health and safety management based on each employer’s characteristics and national standards for safety practices.


What are COR requirements?

SECOR alberta

The requirements to qualify for COR/SECOR certification involve following a series of steps until certification is achieved.

Develop and implement an effective risk management system that achieves safety and health in the workplace. This system must comply with the parameters imposed by the province of Alberta. In this aspect, it is important to contact a safety professional to identify risks and improve the company’s management according to its industry. Implement changes through quality control reviews conducted by trained personnel (internal auditor) who can provide a safety manual and impose necessary changes to restructure the safety culture.

Obtain an audit by a COR association. Certifying partners facilitate the certification process. Contact a suitable external auditor who can be accepted by a certifying partner. Schedule the audit date and wait for a score higher than 80%. Ensure that the auditor sends the audit results to the certifying partner.

Receive the COR certificate from the verifying partner within the normal timeframes.

The commitment to health and safety management must prevail within the company. Therefore, the employer must provide new information to employees, and it is necessary for employees to undergo training during the implementation of a new system.

How much does COR certification cost?

The cost will depend on the daily rate as well as various other aspects related to the company. Factors such as industry, organization size, number of interviews to be conducted, availability of material required by the auditor, and the physical and educational changes required can result in higher or lower expenses.

For example, companies that already have a solid safety system only need to adapt to Alberta’s standards, hire a verifying partner and auditor. On the other hand, companies with less experience need to invest in employee knowledge and preparation before the rest.

PHSM Course
PHMS Certification

What does it mean to be COR certified?

COR stands for Certificate of Recognition and aims to promote awareness of health and safety within industries, as well as continuous improvement of these systems to achieve multiple benefits for the company, employees, and the state.

PHSM Course Certificate

Is Cor mandatory?

COR certification is not mandatory. It is a way for the government to incentivize companies to reduce incidents or accidents in the workplace.

As it is a recognition, it has become popular within provinces. Now, large clients prefer to hire certified companies, and employees prefer to choose a healthy and safe environment for themselves. It has become a distinguishing mark that characterizes companies that possess it.

What is Cor training?

Cor training involves the implementation of knowledge related to safety and health within the company. The training is provided to a senior management representative and a permanent employee who will be designated as an internal auditor. Together, they will be responsible for making relevant changes to improve the company’s risk management.

The training follows the parameters set by IHSA (Infrastructure Health and Safety Association). With this training, the internal auditor will be prepared to conduct an internal audit following IHSA’s COR instrument.

The following aspects must be covered in this training:

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LSE Course Topics

Health and safety policy and responsibility.

Risk assessment, analysis, and control.

HSC (Health and Safety Committees) or HSR (Health and Safety Representatives).

Preventive maintenance.

Inspection of company areas.

Analysis of past incidents.

Execution of an emergency plan.

First aid application.

Organization management.

Leadership techniques.

How long is COR training?

The time it takes for each company to learn and implement the knowledge depends on the size and complexity of the company. When it comes to occupational health and safety, certain aspects cannot be measured as the implementation is individualized based on work style, industry, company size, and scope.

How long is Cor good for?

It is ideal and necessary for companies to undergo an annual audit to maintain their certification. In some special cases, when a company falls just short of the required score for certification, for example, scoring 75%, the auditor may agree to conduct a second audit. This would be the only case where a company requests two audits.

Leadership for Safety Excellence Certification

How often are COR audits?

Companies are required to undergo an annual audit to maintain their certification. In special cases, where the required score for certification is narrowly missed, for an example, a score of 75%, the auditor may agree to do a second audit. This will be the only case where a company requests two reviews.

What are the benefits of Cor Certification in Alberta?

Considering that COR certification is a way to recognize a company’s commitment to having an effective health and safety system and that it gives clients and employees an idea of the company’s quality, the benefits are diverse:

Leadership For Safety Excellence Prerequisites​
LEG Course

Economic benefits:

The company can participate to receive an incentive of up to a 20% discount on WCB (Workers’ Compensation Board) premiums for reducing work-related injuries or accidents.

Industry recognition:

It grants the company additional prestige. In Alberta, many clients require companies to have the COR certificate to work together as it demonstrates a commitment to quality work.

Improved work environment:

With COR certification, employers achieve a new level of business. In addition to obtaining economic and recognition benefits, they also improve the awareness of their workers to socially care for the well-being of the population around the company.

COR certification encompasses a set of positive actions that benefit everyone involved. These actions include improving the health of employees and the surrounding community, safeguarding company assets by preventing accidents, achieving cost savings and reimbursements, and gaining recognition within the industry, among other benefits.

Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Awareness Course Topics

What does COR certification accomplish?

With COR certification, employers achieve a new business concept. In addition to obtaining economic benefits, they also improve the awareness of their workers to take care of the social welfare of the population near the Company.

Is a set of positive actions with benefices, around this certification: Improvement health of employees and the society, securing the company’s material assets by avoiding accidents, economic savings and reimbursements, recognition within the industry, etc.

What is the difference between COR and Secor?

Only one aspect makes the difference between these two types of certifications. COR is for large companies with more than 10 employees.

SECOR is a certification that offers the same benefits as COR but is designed for small businesses with fewer than 10 workers, including owners, presidents, and senior management.

Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Awareness Certification​

Auditor Training Program (ATP)

Auditor Training Program (ATP) Course​

Auditor Training Program (ATP) Course

It is a three-day Virtual Instructor-Led course.

It is designed for individuals who will be evaluating the effectiveness of a company’s health and safety management system. 

Participants will be shown how to assess systems against the Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) standard. 

This is a two-tiered program that consists of a three-day course (Certificate of Completion) and a voluntary Qualification Audit submission (Certified Peer Auditor Certificate).

Auditor Training Program Course Topics

Auditor Training Program Course Topics​
Auditor Training Program Certification​

Auditor Training Program Certification

Participants must achieve a minimum score of 80% on an open book, online test as well as demonstrate an understanding of the practical auditing procedure by participating in the activities completed in the virtual classroom.

Participants may submit a qualification/self-audit (individually conducted) within 66 days after completing the three-day course. If the qualification/self-audit is approved by the ACSA COR department, the participant will be considered a certified auditor. 

It is a requirement for Active NCSO’s to become certified auditors. It is also a requirement for COR companies to have a full-time certified auditor on staff.

Auditor Training Program Prerequisites

Principles of Health and Safety Management (PHSM)

Auditor Training Program Prerequisites

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