Achieving Your National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO™) Designation

The intention of the National Construction Safety Officer™ (NCSO™) program is to combine entry-level safety training with an individual’s personal field experience. An NCSO™ is a valuable resource for a company’s management through the implementation and administration of its health and safety program.

Certification indicates that the participant has practical knowledge in various construction-related health and safety management skills and principles.

This program is recommended for health and safety practitioners who wish to complete primary professional training and receive recognition as an NCSO™ across Canada. You will find more detailed information in the Downloads section of this webpage.

Your Career as an NCSO™

Watch this video to learn from our community of safety practitioners what it means to earn your designation from the Alberta Construction Safety Association, and how a career as a safety leader makes an impact on the lives of construction workers everywhere.


The Steps to Success

There are several steps to take to achieve your NCSO™ designation. First, you must pre-qualify and register for the program as soon as possible in your training program. Click on the flowchart below and determine your path to successfully achieving your NCSO™.

To register in the National Construction Safety Officer™ (NCSO™) program, submit the NCSO™ application form to

NCSO Flowchart
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Acquired Skills

This program will enable participants to:

  • Assist management in the administration, implementation and maintenance of a health & safety management system.
  • Identify and review various health & safety concerns specific to the worksite.
  • Communicate effectively with government, management and workers regarding health & safety, on and off the job.

Contact Client Services in Edmonton, Calgary or Fort McMurray for course registration or click for online registrations.

An NCSO™ designation is considered to be an entry-level field position. Individuals with this designation may or may not have extensive safety experience in the field.

NCSO™ Program Outline

Compulsory Courses (11) Elective Courses (any 2)*
  • Alberta Legislation Awareness
  • Auditor Training Program (NCSO™ registrants must achieve Certified Auditor or Peer Auditor Certification)
  • Communication & Ethics for the Safety Leader
  • Construction Safety Administration
  • Contractor Management
  • Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE)
  • Principles of Health & Safety Management
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015 Train-the-Trainer
  • Worksite Investigation Basics
  • An industry safety orientation (any one of the following):
    • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) 2020
    • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
    • Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS)
  • Standard First Aid*, Mental Health First Aid**, or Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace**
  • Alcohol & Drugs: Worksite Guidelines
  • Defensive Driving – 3 Demerits
  • Field Level Supervisor Training Program
  • Ground Disturbance 201
  • Flagger Train-the-Trainer
  • Hazard Management
  • Health and Safety Committees and Representatives (HSCR)
  • Scaffolding Awareness
  • Working Around Powered Mobile Equipment


*Fall Protection and Confined Space Entry and Monitor will continue to be accepted as electives if accredited by ESC/OSSA.

New courses are being added and some existing courses are being revised, so please refer back to this page for updates.

To register in the NCSO™ program, submit the NCSO™ application form via e-mail:

Revised: Sept. 27, 2021