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SECOR Process

SECOR or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition Program, is the available option for COR Certification for those companies with 10 or less employees, including the stockholders, which are committed to occupational safety and health.

To get the certification, the company must commit to do an implementation of new strategies and improvements associated with employee welfare, take health and safety measures. Companies are required to have more than one year of proven implementation of the implemented system. 


The Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) offers many benefits as it tries to motivate the companies to be safer and to reduce the workplace incidents.

The various benefits offered are:

Economic benefit:

Companies that decide to take the certificate are selected to participate in the prevention reimbursement, which refers to 15% of the WCB assessment premium. This represents a significant saving for employees committed to the safety and health of their team members.

Benefit of recognition in the market:

Despite certification is not being mandatory it has become a necessary aspect for the evaluation of companies, customers will know the commitment to growth and values that companies have and prefer those that have a SECOR.

Companies with certification are perceived as having stronger commitment and responsibility in the area, and clients are attracted to receiving a service that is backed by a good security system.  

SECOR Process

What are SECOR requirements?


Decrease of incidents

By implementing a better health and safety system, a decrease in accidents, injuries and absence from work can be obtained, and consequently, higher productivity can be expected.

Improved work environment

Selecting and investing in obtaining a SECOR is a very significant step that positions the employer at an important level of development that will bring with it various opportunities.  

Employees feel valued by having all the necessary security systems in place protect their welfare and, as a result, there is a greater aptitude to work and offers by appropriate professionals and experts are created to accompany the company’s expansion.

Steps to take for a SECOR

To obtain a SECOR the first thing you will need is the responsability to meet it, the rest would be:

What are COR requirements

Preparation around health and safety

The company must have updated information on health practices, during this training should be considered the implementation of a specialist in the area, that is, a permanent employee who can be responsible for knowing and implementing health techniques in the daily routine of the company.

Implementing changes

After taking the workshops about health and safety, the department leader must find a way to implement these changes and suggestions into a safety program to be followed by the rest of the employees.

The implementation of these new rules and regulations may be met with resistance; however, there are strategies to motivate employees to comply with the changes as well as other leadership training that can help make this step easier.

Make a self-evaluation

You must register under a valid system in your jurisdiction in which you can include the data of your internal audit, in this process the security conditions of the company are also evaluated and will proceeding to next step:

Ask for an external evaluation

An audit is requested to the jurisdiction authority, in this evaluation process an external agent comes to the company to analyze and rate the company’s health and safety program.

The evaluation follows a standardized process where a minimum score of 80% must be obtained. The audit is made once a year and it is recommended that companies have more than one verify year of system implementation to show to auditor.  

In the case of SECOR, companies that have a minimum of three months of documents and policies to support the audit are eligible to receive one year certification.

Ask for an external evaluation

Proposing your evaluation

The evaluation result is sent by the external auditor to the office of jurisdiction for further evaluation and stamping. If audit was approved, the certificate can be received within three months.

SECOR Continuing Education

The main reason to implement this incentive is to minimize risks and accidents at work and create an interest in companies to make their spaces safer.

The main idea is to maintain a continuous improvement, growth and learning in occupational health and safety area because this is a way to decrease more the rate of work accidents in Canada.

Currently there is an education program for managers and health and safety department managers where they can learn new techniques and leadership techniques to implement to get all members of the company commitment.

Proposing your evaluation
SECOR Continuing Education


The external auditor is considered a consultant, because have knowledge and experience necessary to make recommendations and implement effective changes in the company’s health and safety management.

Auditors are part of a company that functions as a partner and play a key role in SECOR qualification by simplifying the work of government departments. 

With a SECOR consultant you can have an effective communication of what is required to obtain a certification, as well as the documents and changes that may be necessary to qualify. This figure is necessary to obtain a SERCOR for the first time and also to maintain or renew it once a year. Once a year, the auditor will request all documentation related to: safety meeting minutes, regulations, policies, inspections. 

Legislation Requirements by Industry

The legislation covers some industry areas at federal or provincial level, depending of the company’s area, conditions, rules and laws that apply to it.

At federal field we find private sectors such as: air transportation, banks, postal services, radio station. Meanwhile in the public sector, the federal public service and the parliament are regulated.

Other areas are covered by the legislation of your province, which is the territory where your work is located. If you have any questions about the requirements, you can find the labor code of the jurisdiction that corresponds to you. 

Legislation Requirements by Industry

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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