ESC Common Safety Orientation

ESC Common Safety Orientation 2023-2024


The instructor-led Common Safety Orientation (CSO) is intended for new workers in the oil and gas industry. With content that is driven and endorsed by industry, the CSO provides consistent safety messaging that clearly explains safe work practices and eliminates the need for redundant general orientation training and is standard for most oil and gas companies.

A final test score of at least 80% is required to pass/receive certification. 


  • Accessible through Energy Safety Canada website, Energy Safety Canada CSO Registration
  • System requirements: You will need a computer with: web camera, speakers/microphone (headset recommended), stable internet connection, Google Chrome installed, and the ability to print. You will also need government-issued ID and a valid email.
  • Time required: Approximately 4 hours to complete the course and exam
  • Course cost: $69 (price as per ESC website and payable to ESC; subject to change)
  • Course dates and times: Available anytime, with system requirements as above.  Course can be accessed for 90 days from initial registration.
  • Completion: The online course ends with a proctored exam.  Upon achieving a passing grade on the exam with a minimum score of 80%, a Certificate of Completion that does not expire will be available to print. (Participants are given 2 attempts at the final exam).
  • North West College can provide exam invigilation services for a $20.00 fee.


  • Course dates: In-person course dates are determined based on public interest or can be scheduled for groups.  Please contact the College at 306-937-5117 for more information.
  • Time required: Approximately 3 hours of classroom time plus 1 hour to complete the exam. (Participants are given 1 attempt at the final exam).
  • Course cost: Contact the College for pricing

Certification Duration: 3 years
Certified by: Energy Safety Canada

If you have any questions, or would like to enrol, please contact the Battlefords Campus: 306-937-5100

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