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Construction Safety Officer

CEC Health & Safety’s challenging and fast-paced Construction Safety Officer* instruction will enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill set in the field of construction safety. CEC’s Construction Safety Officer instruction is delivered through two separate courses: Trade Safety Coordinator (CSO-MGMT-100-1) and the Construction Safety Officer (CSO-MGMT-100-2). The two courses run back to back. Both courses must be successfully completed before the course completion certificate will be issued for Construction Safety Officer. CEC CSO Course comprises both requirements.

Successful completion of the CEC Construction Safety Officer Instruction can lead to employment in various industries.

Students who successfully complete the Construction Safety Officer instruction are encouraged to join the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and apply for designation/certification as a Construction Safety Officer (CSO(P)). *ASTTBC is the only professional association in BC certifying Construction Safety Officers and holds the rights to the ‘protected title’ of Construction Safety Officer (CSO). The Construction Safety Officer Certificate applies to various industries not just construction. Learning objectives from both courses can be applied throughout mining, manufacturing, oil & gas, office, agriculture, aquaculture, highways, forestry, film & television, hospitality & tourism, residential & commercial construction sectors.

Course participants must: 

  • Must be minimum 19 years old at time of course start date
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Have completed Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Have basic computer skills
  • It is beneficial, but not mandatory, for participants to have one (1) year construction experience


Trade Safety Coordinator (CSO-MGMT-100-1)Total Hours: 37.5 hours in-class training

Total Course Length: 5 days

Time of Class: 0800 – 15:30 / day

Cost: Please call for pricing 604.287.1123

Practical and hands-on, this course is intended for participants with previous knowledge and field experience with an interest in safety management. This is a fast-paced course with approximately 5-10 hours of home study time.

The following fundamentals are delivered in the course:

  • Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act
  • WCB Variances
  • Protection of the Public
  • Site Safety Inspections
  • Communication Skills
  • Organizing & Managing Safety Meetings
  • Safety Program Audits
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • New & Young Worker Orientation & Training
  • Developing Safe Work Procedures
  • WorkSafeBC Compensation Services
  • Safety Regulations
  • Building Codes & Bylaw Requirements
  • Accident & Incident Investigations
  • Instructional Skills
  • Occupational Health & Safety Program
  • Occupational First Aid – Regulations
  • Site Safety Orientation
  • Hazard ID & Risk Assessment


Construction Safety Officer (CSO-MGMT-100-2)Total Hours: 37.5 hours in-class training

Total Course Length: 5 days

Time of Class: 00800 – 15:30 / day

Cost: Please call for pricing 604.287.1123

This course shall provide participants with the knowledge and ability to perform job specific tasks. As a pre-requisite, participants must have successfully completed the CEC Trade Safety Coordinator (TSC) Course (CSO-MGMT-100-1). Participants will gain knowledge of specific industry hazards in detail. This is a fast-paced course with approximately 5-10 hours of home study time.

The following fundamentals are delivered in the course:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
  • Hazardous Material Overview
  • Electrical Safety
  • Applicable parts of the BC Fire Code for Construction, Demolition & Municipal Fire Bylaw
  • Controlled Products Exposure & Exposure Control Planning
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Scaffold & Suspension Work Platforms
  • Suspended Slabs, Fly Tables, Slab Stripping & Re-Shoring
  • Rigging, Hoisting & Cranes
  • Excavation & Shoring
  • Protection of Utilities
  • Cement & Pumping
  • Formwork Concrete Construction
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Demolition
  • Confined Space
  • De-Energization & Lockout
  • Guard Rails, Floor Openings, Catch Platforms & Nets
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Next course delivery dates:

CEC Construction Safety Officer instruction courses are based on enrollment.  Registration submission deadline is 7 business days prior to course start date.   Registration applications submitted past the registration submission deadline will be reviewed as received.





**  This course qualifies the successful participant to apply for ASTTBC certification as a Construction Safety Officer (CSO(P)) and gain experience on a construction site.

  • CEC CSO instruction courses are eligible for transfer credits to the BCIT Certificate of Occupational Health & Safety Certificate Program (6 elective credits)
  • CEC CSO instruction courses are aligned with the competency areas required to attain the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.

RAISING THE BAR:  by Kelly Putter

“Construction sites are dangerous workplaces with some of the highest on-the-job injuries and fatalities…..If I am an employer, I want to engage a safety officer who is not only up-to-date and involved in continual learning, but also is committed to what ethical practice means…Also, I want the safety person I hire to have the added risk-protection insurances if working on a contract basis….Construction safety practitioners awarded certification by the ASTTBC must meet clear and defined academic-competency and learning-outcome standards in 35 subject areas from a CSO training course, delivered by trainers accredited and audited by the ASTTBC.”


READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:   Raising the Bar article