One of the first steps to becoming COR-certified is to identify an internal Certificate of Recognition (COR) program champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about the COR process.
The COR Internal Auditor is a permanent employee of a company, who completes the auditor training for the purpose of conducting the company’s internal COR Maintenance Audits. It is recommended that the staff member responsible for leading your occupational health and safety program attend the training. This individual should be familiar with all aspects of your safety management system. In order to achieve and maintain certification, this individual must:
- Complete the COR Internal Auditor Training (online & in-person);
- Perform a Student Audit;
- Sign and abide by the Auditor Code of Ethics; and
- Maintain their COR Internal Auditor Certification.
A company may have multiple Internal Auditors if the company is sufficiently large or complex enough to support multiple auditors. This is usually limited to companies with multiple sites located around the province where travel logistics place significant hurdles or where the company’s business is diverse enough that one auditor cannot have a reasonable understanding of all its activities.
Please note that the certification belongs to the individual who completes the training. If your COR Internal Auditor leaves your company, and you wish to continue to perform the Maintenance Audits internally, you must have another staff member obtain the certification as soon as possible.
For more information, contact the go2HR Industry Health & Safety Team.
- Complete your organization’s internal COR Maintenance Audit
- Learn the basic concepts of auditing an occupational health & safety (OHS) Program
- Learn how to perform an internal gap analysis of your company’s OHS Program
- Fulfill your annual OHS training entitlement as part of the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC)
- Work towards completing your professional development requirements as a health & safety professional
This course includes approximately 15 hours of training, 7.5 online and 7.5 in-person, and it provides:
- an overview of the COR program;
- elements and methodology of the COR Audit process;
- how to prepare for a COR Audit, including the Pre-Audit Meeting;
- how to conduct a COR Audit and collect data (e.g. reviewing documentation, observing the workplace & interviewing employees);
- how to use the COR Audit Tool (e.g. scoring, writing notes);
- how to write and submit a completed Audit Report; and
- post-audit follow-up activities.
The in-person session is preceded by an online, self-paced course and exam, which should be completed one week prior to the classroom session. This preparation is designed to give everyone in the session a common base of knowledge about the COR process, and to establish an understanding of the opportunities and challenges their own organization may face in the COR-certification process.
The course costs $199 plus GST and includes breakfast pastries, tea, coffee, lunch, access to the online session, and hard copy materials during the in-person session.
Space is limited and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend that you submit your registration as soon as possible to reserve a place in the class. If the dates below do not work for you, please contact us with a request to add you to a waitlist for future sessions.
Upon completion of the training session, Student Auditors are required to perform a Student Audit on their own organization within the following 12 months. The scope of the Student Audit should cover all operations of the company. In some cases, and subject to prior approval from go2HR, the Student Audit may be limited to one part of the company, depending on the size and complexity of the organization.
Prior to beginning on-site audit activities, a Notice of Audit Activity must be submitted to go2HR (at least 2 weeks prior to the Student Audit).
Once the Student Audit has been performed, the Student Auditor must submit a Student Audit Report to go2HR for evaluation, which should include:
- Executive Summary
- Scoring Summary
- COR Audit Tool
- Notes, Scores & Recommendations
- Minutes from Pre-Audit and Post-Audit Meetings
If the company is not COR-certified, the Student Audit will be considered a gap analysis of the OHS program. Information gained during this process will help the organization to prepare for the Certification Audit. If the company is already COR-certified, a successful Student Audit report covering the entire organization can be used as the company’s annual Maintenance Audit.
If the company has a single Student Auditor, then that person must perform an audit of the whole scope of the company. If the company has more than one Student Auditor, then the students must divide the company into logical portions and each perform a full audit on their assigned portion. After each Student Audit has successfully passed through the Quality Assurance process, the auditors must then combine their reports into a single report to satisfy the annual COR Maintenance Audit requirements
Once a COR Internal Auditor is certified by go2HR, the certification is valid for three years.
To be eligible for re-approval of certification after the three-year period, all auditors are required to perform two Maintenance Audits and complete at least seven hours of safety – or audit-related education and training, as outlined in the COR Policies and Procedures Manual. Throughout the year, go2HR offers a number of online training (e.g. OHS Program Fundamentals), webinars (e.g. OHS Webinars), and in-person training and events (e.g. OHS Roundtables and the OHS Summit). Participation in these education and training initiatives will count towards the seven-hour requirement. Auditors may also apply in writing to go2HR to have relevant training and education provided by other agencies applied toward their seven-hour requirement. It is an auditor’s responsibility to complete the two Maintenance Audits and seven hours of relevant education and training and to report these to go2HR using the Annual Internal Auditor Declaration Form.