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Category A credit*

The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
*CAMRT Credits are recognized by the ARRT, The ASRT, and all Provincial Associations under the CAMRT umbrella.


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IMPORTANT: All our courses are delivered online with 100% live instruction

About the Course

if you are responsible under provincial and federal regulations for the safety of employees exposed to X-rays in the workplace, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada offers a three-day X-ray Safety Officer (XSO) course.

Watch this 1-minute video on our upcoming X-ray Safety Officer Course in Vancouver

Your Legal Obligations

Across Canada, many employers and employees responsible for workplace safety are not fully aware of regulations governing the use of X-ray equipment in the workplace. Yet, every province and territory has such regulations. These regulations have the force of law. For example, in most provinces, regulations require that an employer designate and provide the name of a qualified person to oversee the safe use of X-ray equipment. Federal regulations also apply. When you complete the requirements of the three-day X-ray Safety Officer (XSO) course and receive your XSO Certificate, you will be more knowledgeable about your employer’s legal obligations and more confident about your ability to meet them.

How you learn

Online: The sessions held online are designed to recreate the in-class experience as much as possible. The course is delivered live through an online meeting platform, led by our experienced instructors. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and instructors are available to offer assistance. Breaks are offered throughout the day, including one hour for lunch. Please note that the timing of the course is set for the time-zone of the course location. For example, if the course location is specified as Toronto, the course will begin at 9:00 am Eastern time and the lunch break will be around noon Eastern time. All course materials will be provided electronically and certificates will be emailed to participants within a week after the end of the course.

Classroom: You learn in a friendly classroom setting over a period of three days from our knowledgeable Education Team. Each day has several learning sessions. Appropriate refreshment breaks are included. Your learning is enhanced by lively discussions and video presentations.

Subjects Covered

  • Structure of matter
  • Understanding radiation
  • X-rays: radiation made by machine
  • Radiation quantities and units
  • Biological and health effects of exposure to X-rays
  • X-ray systems, X-ray imaging and safety survey
  • Scattering and attenuation of X-rays
  • Radiation detection, instrumentation and dosimetry
  • Radiation protection principles and practices
  • Hands-on exercises in the practical application of radiation protection principles
  • What the law requires: Key federal, provincial and territorial regulations on x-ray safety

Course Location

Toronto: National Education Center Location 100 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 760, Toronto, ON, M2N 6Z1

Accommodation – *All training is currently online* Hotel Novotel Toronto North York is pleased to offer a $15 discount off the daily rate for our course participants. The hotel is located at 3 Park Home Ave, North York, ON M2N 6L3. It is only a short 15-minute walk away from our office where Toronto courses are held. Please call (416) 733-29292 or go online to book your room.

Vancouver: Sutton Place Hotel 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2K

Accommodation For recommended hotels please contact Maria Costa (416) 650 9090 ext. 21

XSO not for you?

If you find that XSO course is not what you need, please take a moment to look at other radiation safety courses we offer


Contact Information

Tara Hargreaves
Staff Scientist and Manager of Training
Tel: (416) 650 9090 ext. 23 | Fax (416) 650 9920 | Email:


Cancellations | The following administrative fees will apply to course registration refunds:

  • 20% of course fee if cancelled 14 days prior to the scheduled date
  • 50% of course fee if cancelled less than 14 days prior to the scheduled date
  • No refunds will be issued if cancelled on the day of the course


Details Price Qty
Feb 14-16, 2022 *Online* 9am EDT Start Time $1,540.00 (CAD)*  
Apr 25-27, 2022 *Online* 9am PST Start Time $1,540.00 (CAD)*  
Jul 25-27, 2022 *Online* 9am EST Start Time $1,540.00 (CAD)*  
Oct 18-20, 2022 *Online* 9am EST Start Time $2,399.00 (CAD)*  

* price before applicable taxes

  • Feb 14-16, 2022 *Online* 9am EDT Start Time
    February 14, 2022 - February 16, 2022
    9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - ON
  • Apr 25-27, 2022 *Online* 9am PST Start Time
    April 25, 2022 - April 27, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - BC
  • Jul 25-27, 2022 *Online* 9am EST Start Time
    July 25, 2022 - July 27, 2022
    9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - ON
  • Oct 18-20, 2022 *Online* 9am EST Start Time
    October 18, 2022 - October 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - ON