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Oftentimes, people don’t realize that regulation shifts the self-governing body from a certifying body to a “public protector.” “The accountability and the competence is all about the public. Whenever we become regulated, we have a registrar; we no longer are a membership or certificant body in the way that it is right now,” said Carolan. “That’s the scary thing for people who may not truly understand.” Whoever the self-governing body may be, it would be responsible for title protection (protecting the standard of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation) and the scope of practice (protecting the activities of safety professionals, including stopping incongruent behaviours). “That shift in what you can or cannot do, that’s why the competency and capabilities have to be at such a high level to convince Parliament,” he said. Under the current system for obtaining the CRSP designation, an applicant completes a 3.5-hour written exam, but there is no interactive component — where an evaluator watches the applicant physically complete a task — that test capabilities. However, such an interactive component would greatly increase testing costs, one audience member noted. A final concern is that there is currently a non-unified position amongst representative bodies. When applying for self-regulation, the government does not engage in selecting one product over another. For example, Carolan said, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and CSSE would need to come together to form one representative body with two tracks: one for certification/registrar; the other for professional development and research. This would be a similar model to that of the HRPA.

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