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Types of Certificate of Recognitions

We offer three Certification of Recognition (COR) audits, depending on the size of your business:


Small Employer Certificate of Recognition – for companies with less than 11 employees


Medium Employer Certificate of Recognition – for companies with 10 to 19 employees


Certificate of Recognition – for companies with 20 or more employees

Three-year COR

The standard COR certification is issued for three years. In the first year, you will receive a certification audit by an external auditor. Then, maintenance audits will be performed during the second and third years.

Three-year SECOR

If your company has less than 11 employees, your company is eligible for a SECOR certification. The SECOR is issued for three years and follows the same three-year cycle as the COR, but the audit protocol and requirements are different. Learn more about the SECOR process. Learn More 

Three-year MECOR

The MECOR is designed for growing SECOR certified companies or new companies to the COR program who have 10-19 employees. Over the course of a three-year cycle, employers transition from a SECOR to a COR-based certification. Learn more about the MECOR process. Read More about the MECOR process.


One-year COR

A one-year COR may be issued when an employer is new to the COR program and their safety management system is less than a year old. Both provincial governing bodies and Energy Safety Canada must jointly approve a One-year COR. One-year CORs may also be issued in other unique circumstances as needed.

Six-month COR

A six-month COR may be granted in special situations, such as when an existing COR is about to expire and, for a number of reasons, there are no worksites available to audit. In these situations, an administrative audit may be performed, which is limited to reviewing documentation and interviewing employees at the administrative site.

Partnership Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE)

If a large company has a developed safety program with well-established health and safety management systems, the employer may apply to Energy Safety Canada for participation in the Partnerships Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE) program. The employer must meet specific criteria to qualify for participation in the program.

Types of Audits

Baseline Audit

A baseline audit determines the extent and limitations of an employer's current safety program. This audit provides information concerning areas of the safety program that require upgrading.

Certification Audit for COR – External Audit

The external audit for COR certification audits an employer’s safety program. The audit needs to be conducted by an Energy Safety Canada certified auditor who is not an employee of the company being reviewed. An external audit must be conducted on three-year intervals to renew an existing COR.

Maintenance Audit for COR – Internal Audit

In the second and third year of a three-year COR cycle, a maintenance audit must be performed. This audit may be conducted by an Energy Safety Canada certified internal auditor who is an employee of the company.

Certification Audit for SECOR – Conducted by a SECOR Assessor

The SECOR program allows a small employer to submit information and health and safety management system documents to Energy Safety Canada for review to obtain SECOR certification. The SECOR program requires a representative of the company to complete a two-day training course.

Administrative Audit

In the event that a company is required to perform an audit for re-certification purposes, but does not have active worksites available to audit, an administrative audit may be performed and a six-month COR may be issued. Documentation and interviews are still conducted, but observations are limited to the available administrative site.

Injury Management/Return-to-Work Audit

An Injury Management/Return-To-Work (IM/RTW) audit measures a company's management system. The official IM/RTW audit program with WorkSafeBC is currently suspended, but maintenance IM/RTW audits will be accepted at this time. Learn more about the program changes below.

IM/RTW Program Changes

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