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 and download the NCSO Information Pack for a more detailed explanation of the process (see the Downloads section on this webpage).

To register in the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) program, submit the NCSO application form via e-mail:

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 Outline

Compulsory Courses (11) Elective Courses (any 2)
  • Alberta Legislation Awareness
  • Principles of Health & Safety Management
  • Auditor Training Program (NCSO registrants must achieve Certified Auditor or Peer Auditor Certification)
  • Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE Proficiency level certified) – see the Downloads section at the top of this webpage for samples
  • WHMIS 2015 Train-the-trainer
  • Construction Safety Administration
  • Basic Instructional Techniques
  • Worksite Investigation Basics
  • Communication & Ethics for the Safety Leader
  • Standard First Aid
  • An industry safety orientation (any one of the following):
    • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS-09 or CSTS 2020)
    • Roadbuilders Construction Safety Training System (RSTS)
    • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
    • Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS)
  • Alberta Temporary Traffic Control
  • Alberta Temporary Traffic Control – Field Application
  • Alcohol & Drugs: Worksite Guidelines
  • Confined Space Entry / Monitor (OSSA accredited)
  • Contractor Management
  • Defensive Driving – 3 Demerits
  • ESC Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection Planning
  • Flagger Train-the-Trainer
  • Ground Disturbance 201
  • Hazard Management
  • Scaffolding Awareness
  • Silica Awareness
  • TDG Train-the-Trainer
  • Working Around Powered Mobile Equipment

Please note that 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: August 10, 2018