About BCSP


The Board of Certified Safety Professionals

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) began in 1969 as a peer certification board. It is not a member organization and does not provide services usually offered by member organizations. Membership in any organization is not a requirement for certification.

Its sole purpose is to certify practitioners in the safety profession. Safety professionals identify hazards and evaluate them for the potential to cause injury or illness to people or harm of property and the environment. The safety professional recommends administrative and engineering controls that eliminate or minimize the risk and danger posed by hazards. They work with professionals in other disciplines in many different job settings. They work for companies, government agencies and private organizations or offer individual professional services. They may engage in design, planning, program management, training, audit and other aspects of practice. Additionally, they apply hazard recognition, evaluation and control knowledge and skills for equipment, systems, facilities and processes, or in operations, manufacturing, transportation, construction, insurance services and other enterprises.

The value of the safety certification continues to grow. In the U.S., numerous laws, regulations and standards cite it. More importantly, many companies include it in position standards, government agencies rely on it and contracts for safety services require it.

Setting the Standard

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals is recognized as the leader in high quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners in order to enhance the safety of people, property, and the environment.


  • Sets standards for professional, technician, technologist, and supervisory level safety practices.
  • Evaluates the academic and professional experience qualifications of certification applicants.
  • Administers examinations.
  • Issues certificates to candidates who meet BCSP's certification qualifications and successfully pass the examination(s).
  • Monitors continued professional development through mandatory recertification requirements

What Makes BCSP Certification Special?

About our Chief Executive Officer

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, CET was named Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in September of 2012. Dr. Turnbeaugh most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of BCSP, where she was responsible for all examinations, marketing, customer service, and business development as well as the development of new initiatives for BCSP to bring value to its certificants. Dr. Turnbeaugh is experienced in the Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) field and in the field of professional certification. Additionally, Dr. Turnbeaugh brings experience and leadership in the business arena of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Turnbeaugh holds a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, with a minor in Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University; a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University; and both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health, with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene, from Murray State University. She is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. Dr. Turnbeaugh has been in the SH&E profession for over 25 years, has held her CSP certification over 20 years, and is a Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer (CET).


BCSP sets and certifies technical competency criteria for safety, health and environmental practitioners worldwide; enhancing careers, advancing the profession, protecting the public.


Creating a safer world through safety, health and environmental certification.

Core Values

Respect – maintaining esteem and honor for colleagues, customers, and the profession
Excellence – devoted to outstanding quality and continuous improvement
Accountability – committed to communication and professionalism
Leadership – guided by ethics and integrity; fulfilling our fiduciary and social responsibilities

BCSP Policies

BCSP applicants, candidates and credential holders must abide by the BCSP Bylaws and governing policies.

BCSP Bylaws

BCSP’s Commitment to Impartiality
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals is committed to impartiality and objectivity in every aspect of our operation. We have intentionally structured ourselves to segregate responsibilities in our organization to facilitate this impartiality and objectivity. Any individual who has a recommendation on how we can improve our implementation of our commitment is encouraged to contact our Chief Executive Officer with your thought.

Non-Discrimination Policy
BCSP evaluates all candidates seeking certification without regard to religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Credential holders and those pursuing the CSP credential are held to a high standard.

BCSP Code of Ethics

Disciplinary Action Policy
Criminal Conviction and Unethical Behavior Policy
Criminal Conviction and Professional Registration, Certification, or License Information Form
Unauthorized Use Policy
Appeals Policy

Authorization to Release Personal Information
To request the release of personal information other than what is available on the BCSP Credential Holder Directory, you must complete and submit the Authorization to Release Personal Information Form to BCSP.Authorization to Release Personal Information Form

Policy Changes

Information regarding policy updates are recorded in the Current Changes Index as part of our effort to announce and archive any changes to our certification processes.

Latest eNewsletter

Click on a newsletter link below to access a PDF or web-based archive.

Second Quarter 2014 BCSP eNewsletter
First Quarter 2014 BCSP eNewsletter
Fourth Quarter 2013 BCSP eNewsletter
Third Quarter 2013 BCSP eNewsletter
Second Quarter 2013 BCSP eNewsletter

BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter Issue 3, 2014
BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter Issue 2, 2013
BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter Issue 1, 2013

BCSP Partners eNewsletter Issue 2, 2014
BCSP Partners eNewsletter Issue 1, 2013

For eNewsletters prior to these, please visit the Annual Report and eNewsletter Archive.

Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report
   2013 Financial Audit
2012 Annual Report
   2012 Financial Audit
2011 Annual Report
   2011 Financial Audit
2010 Annual Report
   2010 Financial Audit
2009 Annual Report

For Annual Reports prior to these, please visit the Annual Report and eNewsletter Archive.

Presentations and Articles

BCSP has several PowerPoint presentations and other articles for anyone to review, use in their presentations or just learn more about ethics in safety, benefits of certification and other topics of interest. Click here to see the list.