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CHSMSA Backgrounder

The Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA) designation was developed to provide a credible Canadian benchmark for health and safety management systems auditing. CHSMSA audits can be first party and second party (e.g., internal audits performed by employees or contracted auditors).

The Body of Skills and Knowledge (BOSK) and Qualification Criteria are similar to those for EMS Lead Auditor programs - rooted in the competence requirements for auditors as described in ISO 19011 “Guidelines for auditing management systems”.

The CHSMSA Certification is valid for five-years and there is no additional fee for renewal applications.

Interested applicants are asked to read the BOSK and Application Guidance completely to ensure that they have a full understanding of the program and process requirements.

Application Process and Support Documents

Qualification Description

The Body of Skills And Knowledge (BOSK) for CHSMSAs summarizes the skills, knowledge and competencies each qualified auditor is expected to possess. AAC requires all CHSMSAs to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of, and skills in, each of the identified health and safety (H&S) topics.

      • Relevant auditing experience 
      • Applicable management systems, standards and practices 
      • Knowledge of hazards, risks and technology 
      • Knowledge of applicable legislation, regulations and other requirements 
      • Formal health and safety training and formal education requirements 

A full description of the qualification criteria, and overall guidance can be found in the AAC Application for Certification / Recertification documentation. 

2018-01-16-AAC-STD_001 BOSK CHSMSA.pdf

Are you eligible for the CHSMSA certification?

The criteria for eligibility balances educational and work experience backgrounds. We recognize the education and benefit real world auditing experience brings to auditors.  These table below summarizes the skills, experience and education required for CHSMSAs:

CHSMSA Qualification Criteria Table

Formal Training

Health & Safety Management

Systems (HSMS) Audits

Formal Education

 Relevant Work Experience


ISO 19011

Completed 20 hours of training in:

Audit principles, procedures and techniques 


Completed 20 hours of training in:
  • ISO 45001 standard
  • H&S methods and technology
  • Relevant H&S legislation 
  • Technical and H&S aspects of various types of activities and facility operations
Minimum Requirements:

7 audits**

Minimum total -

35 days



within 3 consecutive years

Secondary School Education 5 years
Non-Relevant Bachelor Degree / College Diploma 4 years
Relevant Bachelor Degree* / Non-Relevant Master Degree* 3 years
Relevant Master Degree* (or higher) 2 years

* Relevant degree means Bachelor’s or higher level degree in engineering, environment, science, health and safety technology, law, business administration, industrial hygiene, or accounting

** Non- ISO 45001, CSA Z1000 or ANSI Z10 audits may be considered, once they have been evaluated for equivalency to the, published Health and Safety Management Systems and approved, using an established process.


The Governing Body and CHSMSA Registrar have adopted and adheres to very similar requirements as those mandated by either a personal accreditation body or prescribed in an applicable standard - ensuring that a high standard of excellence is maintained.

CHSMSA Program Documents and Application/Re-Certification Process

To see the BOSK, the Initial Certification / Recertification Application Package for CHSMSA and more details on the application process, click on the link below. 

Application/Recertification Process and Support Documents

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