Continuing education and maintenance points
Continuing education units (CEUs), continuing education credits or maintenance points are used by safety professionals to maintain their designations or license. A CEU is most often defined as ten hours of participation in a relevant continuing education program.
Any organization may award a traditional CEU without requiring accreditation. Organizations that require designated members to complete CEUs to maintain their designation must decide on an individual basis whether to honor the CEU from a training provider. In other words, you must check with your governing body or employer whether participation in SafeStart workshops qualifies for CEUs or maintenance points.
We have outlined how SafeStart qualifies for the two most common safety designations. For other designations, you will need to investigate further on their respective websites or within the documentation you received when acquiring those designations.
Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSPs)
Certification maintenance points for the CRSP designation are determined and awarded by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Though the BCRSP no longer pre-approves workshops, they have previously awarded 0.5 and 1.5 certified maintenance (CM) points for our 1-day and 3-day workshops, respectively. Our upcoming events contain the same number of technical hours (a minimum of 6 hours per day) and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points. See the BCRSP for CM point criteria.
Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs)
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals does not pre-approve courses or seminars for recertification credit. According to their documentation, CSPs are awarded 0.5 COC/CM points per day or 1.0 recertification point per CEU (10 hours of instruction based on national standards).
For our workshops, this means you can earn 0.5 COC/CM point for the 1-day safety discovery workshop and 1.5 points for the 3-day certification workshop under Category 6 (Professional Development Conference Attendance).
You are responsible for keeping track of your own activities and recertification points with supporting documentation. We recommend keeping a copy of the agenda you receive at the workshop marked with the date and location of the workshop. Participants at the 3-day workshop should also keep a copy of their SafeStart trainer certificate.