Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®)


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Although COR certification is nationally recognized, certification must be attained in each province or territory the company is working in. The standing of any one organization can change as valid certification depends on ongoing compliance with the operating requirements of the COR program and an annual audit feature.

Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) Program

The Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) program is a process whereby a company with (9) or less employees (including sub-contractors) develops and maintains an effective health and safety management system. The SECOR program is designed to help companies reduce the human and financial losses associated with accidents. SECOR program certification recognizes employers who have achieved their objective of creating and implementing a health and safety management system that meets industry standards. Small employers often use SECOR certification as a stepping-stone to achieving Certificate of Recognition (COR®) certification. The training requirements and auditing process for the SECOR program are less extensive than those for the COR program to accommodate the smaller number in the workforce.

SECOR Certification Benefits:

  • Injury Prevention
  • SCSA training assists employers in developing, implementing and maintaining an effective health and safety management system.
  • Fewer injuries and job interruptions lead to a more productive and profitable company.
  • Pre-bid Qualification
  • An ever increasing number of buyers of construction in Saskatchewan are recognizing the fact that companies with an established and effective health and safety management system tend to be better motivated, have fewer job interruptions and tend to complete the required work on time. Many bid documents ask for a company to have a health and safety management system or that preference on bids will be given to a company with a safety program certification.
  • Certification
  • Companies that have registered into the program and have successfully passed an external audit will be issued a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition. These audits are an excellent aid in helping a company to continually evaluate and improve upon their health and safety management system.

Certification Process

1. Register into the SECOR program

Read the following SECOR information. If this program is applicable for your company you may complete the registration form at the bottom of the page and either email, fax or mail it to your nearest SCSA office.

The SCSA SECOR program is designed for 9 or less Saskatchewan employees (which includes owners, full time, part time, casual, and sub-contractors both in the field and in the office).

Please note: A Small Employer in the role of General Contractor (or Management Company) with an expectation to engage or employ more than 9 workers (including sub-contractors) no longer qualifies for the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR). In the event that the employer no longer qualifies for the SECOR they must advise the SCSA and start the process for the standard Certificate of Recognition (COR).

2. Complete all (3) mandatory courses

  1. Small Employer Safety Management: Must be attended by the owner or most senior company representative
  2. Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT®) (or approved equivalent): Must be completed by all permanent full-time employees
  3. Standard First Aid/CPR: Employers must obtain adequate Standard First Aid and CPR training as outlined in the Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety legislation and provide valid copies of certification to the SCSA.

3. Develop and implement a safety program

Using the course information your company has gained from the above mentioned courses, develop and implement a quality health and safety management system for your company. Our Safety Advisors are available to provide guidance and support while you are developing your health and safety management system.

4. Undergo and pass an SCSA administrative health and safety audit

This process demonstrates that your health and safety program is achieving the desired results.

Click Here for more SECOR details: How To Become SECOR Certified (PDF)


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Paper version: SECOR Registration Form (PDF)

* SECOR® is a registered trademark of members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.

Please note: Program requirements and fees subject to change without notice.