- CSP Application Guide
- CSP Application Checklist
- CSP Application Form
- CSP Experience Form
- CSP Reference Form
- Experience Update Form
- Recertification Guide and Worksheet
- Recertification Worksheet
- Acceptable Recertification Support Documentation
- Common Mistakes on Recertification Worksheet
*ASP/CSP forms are the same.
Prepare individuals for the Comprehensive Examination leading to certification as a CSP.
Preparation for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals' Safety Fundamentals Examination.
Intensive review of essential math skills.
Workshop is intended to assist you in preparation for the CHST examination.
Workshop will provide you with the potential areas that will be covered on the OHST certification examination.
* This is applicable to participants who attend our ASP, CSP, CHST and OHST workshops and sit for the exam within one year of attending. Not valid with chapter or regional workshops.
For complete details visit www.bcsp.org
What you need to know prior to Certified Safety Professional certification
- Determine if you are eligible
- Complete and Send In Your Application and Forms
- Prepare for your Exam
- What happens when I take the exam(s)?
- I passed, now what?
1. Determine if you are eligible
Do I need to have a degree? Yes, a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field or an associate degree in safety and health from an accredited institution. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation both maintain websites that can help you find an accredited school, or to verify that your school is accredited.
What happens if my degree is not from the United States? BCSP requires that all degrees from colleges and universities outside the United States be evaluated for U.S. equivalency by one of the five NACES members.
Do I Have Enough Experience? In addition to the academic requirement, CSP candidates must have professional safety experience. Professional safety experience must meet all of the following criteria to be considered acceptable:
- Professional safety must be the primary function of the position and must be at least 50% of position duties. Collateral duties in safety are not considered the primary function. BCSP defines full-time as at least 35 hours per week. Part-time safety experience is allowed instead of full-time safety experience if the applicant has the equivalent of at least 900 hours of professional safety work during any year (75 hours per month or 18 hours per week) for which experience credit is sought. .
- The position’s primary responsibility must be the prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment, rather than responsibility for responding to harmful events.
- The position must be at the professional level. This is determined by evaluating the degree of responsible charge and reliance of employers or clients on the person’s ability to defend analytical approaches used in professional practice. This also encompasses their recommending how to control hazards through engineering and/or administrative approaches.
- The position must have breadth of professional safety duties. This is determined by evaluating the variety of hazards about which the candidate must advise and the range of skills involved in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards. Examples of skills are analysis, synthesis, design, investigating, planning, administration, and communications.
Candidates may substitute advanced degrees and/or the OHST or CHST certifications for part of the experience requirement.
At the time of application, many candidates have enough points to sit for the Safety Fundamentals examination (48), but do not have the points required for the Comprehensive Practice examination (96). It is estimated that candidates will achieve 96 points, assuming they remain employed in a position that meets professional safety practice requirements. Each month of acceptable professional safety experience earns one point. Each position is evaluated separately. Education and other credentials cannot be substituted for work experience. Near that estimated date, candidates must submit a Professional Safety Experience Update form to BCSP.
Waiver of Safety Fundamentals Exam
Candidates qualifying for the GSP designation and some candidates who have been examined through other acceptable credentialing programs, and currently hold such credentials, may be granted a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals Examination. BCSP currently accepts the following certifications, licenses or memberships for waiver of this examination:
- Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
- Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the U.S. state or territory
- Chartered Engineer (CEng) from the Engineering Council (United Kingdom)
- Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
- Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH)
- Chartered Professional Member SIA (CPMSIA), Fellow of SIA (FSIA) or Chartered Fellow of SIA (CFSIA)
- Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
- Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) with a Safety Management credential
- Professional Member holding a Workplace Safety and Health Officer designation from Singapore Institute of Safety Officers (SISO)
Those who receive a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals examination do not receive and cannot use the ASP title.
2. Complete and Send In Your Application and Forms
BCSP reviews application materials determining eligibility for both the Safety Fundamentals and Comprehensive Practice examinations.
- Application form
- Experience form
- Reference form
- Application fee $160
- College transcripts
BCSP uses a point system to determine eligibility for examinations. Your total points are the sum of your academic points and your experience points. A candidate must have 48 points to sit for the Safety Fundamentals examination and 96 points to sit for the Comprehensive Practice examination.
A candidate may use only one undergraduate degree and one graduate degree for the academic requirement. The one yielding the highest value is used when there is more than one degree. Each month of acceptable professional safety experience earns one point. The total points are the sum of academic points and experience points.
BCSP will inform you if you are eligible for the Safety Fundamental and Comprehensive Practice examinations separately. After you receive a notice that you are eligible to sit for the exam:
- Purchase an examination authorization $350, you then have 120 days to take the exam
- Receive your examination authorization letter with instructions
- Create a Pearson VUE online web account and schedule your examination appointment at least eight weeks in advance
- Receive your Pearson VUE confirmation letter
How much does it cost for the certification? Fees within the United States and Canada are as follows:
- Application $160
- Computer-delivered examination Safety Fundamentals $350
- Computer-delivered examination Comprehensive Practice $350
- ASP annual renewal $140
- CSP annual renewal $150
All fees are nonrefundable, nontransferable, and subject to change at any time without notice.
3. Prepare for your Exam
Over 30% of candidates do not pass the exam. ASSE certification preparation workshops give you the best opportunity to pass your exam. We go the extra mile to help you succeed in passing the certification examinations. Our instructors are experts in their field, drawn from the academic and the professional community. They understand the complexity and scope of the examinations. We are so confident in our workshops, that if you take the ASP and CSP and do not pass, you can retake the same workshop for FREE*!
ASSE also offers certification preparation material for additional self-study to give you that extra edge.
ASP SAFETY FUNDAMENTALS EXAMINATION
The ASP is a temporary designation awarded after passing the ASP examination and in most cases a prerequisite to taking the CSP examination.
- Domain 1: Recognizing Safety, Health, and Environmental Hazards
- Domain 2: Measuring, Evaluating, and Controlling Safety, Health, and Environmental Hazards
- Domain 3: Safety, Health, and Environmental Training and Management
- Domain 4: Business Principles, Practices, and Metrics in Safety, Health, and Environmental Practice
CSP COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE EXAMINATION
The CSP Examination Blueprint identifies the knowledge and skills required to fulfill the responsibilities most commonly held by SH&E professionals.
- Domain 1: Collecting Safety, Health, Environmental, and Security Risk Information
- Domain 2: Assessing Safety, Health, Environmental, and Security Risk
- Domain 3: Managing Safety, Health, Environmental, and Security Risk
*If you take an examination applicable to one of our three-day preparation workshops within one year of attending our workshop and do not pass, you can retake the same workshop for free. This is subject only to the workshop being offered and the workshop having the capacity for additional students. This offer is not valid to those attending chapter or regional workshops.
4. What happens when I take the exam(s)?
After you receive an examination eligibility letter from BCSP and register for your exam you will receive confirmation of your exam. The Safety Fundamentals exam is five hours, and the Comprehensive Practice exam is five and one half hours. As soon as you submit their exam, unofficial results are available.
BCSP sends official results within three weeks after examination dates. After you pass your exam, you will receive a professionally lettered certificate to display to the public as a symbol of your competence. If you do not pass, BCSP will send instructions on how to retake the exam.
5. I passed, now what?
Congratulations! You've got it -- flaunt it. Here are a few ways to promote your certification:
- Always display your certificate prominently at your work place.
- Wear your certification lapel pin at work.
- Use your certification logos on your business cards, letterhead, all and displays.
- Use your certification after your name or signature on letters, business cards and when you register for conventions and conferences.
You must recertify every five years by earning 25 points and paying a $130 renewal fee to BCSP. One of the many ways to earn points is through ASSE. Along with your certificate, you will receive information on these requirements and on ways to help you fulfill them. Carefully choosing this continued education to fit your particular needs is the way to continued competence. Your ASSE membership, committee participation, presentation, published article and on-site and virtual professional development seminars can help maintain your certification
Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
The Associate Safety Professional designation is the start of the process toward achieving the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. It is a temporary designation and means that an individual has met the academic requirement and has passed the first (Safety Fundamentals Exam) of two examinations leading to the CSP credential. Those who receive a waiver of Safety Fundamentals do not receive the ASP designation.
At the time of application, many candidates have enough points to sit for the Safety Fundamentals examination (48), but do not have the points required for the Comprehensive Practice examination (96). It is estimated that candidates will achieve 96 points, assuming they remain employed in a position that meets professional safety practice requirements..
Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
A Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an individual who has met all the requirements for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and who recognizes and assumes responsibility to the safety profession for maintaining professional competence by remaining abreast of the technical, administrative, and regulatory developments in his or her chosen field, and professional integrity that reflects the highest standard of ethics to his or her relations with clients, associates and the public.
At the time of application, many candidates have enough points to sit for the Safety Fundamentals examination (48), but do not have the points required for the Comprehensive Practice examination (96). To achieve the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, candidates will achieve 96 points through employment in a position that meets professional safety practice requirements and education requirements. Education and other credentials cannot be substituted for work experience. Near that estimated date, candidates must submit a Professional Safety Experience Update form to BCSP.
This certification is accredited in the United States by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards and internationally recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ANSI).