Accreditation and Recognition

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International and National Accreditation

International accreditation demonstrates that a certification meets such high professional standards that it is recognized as a model credential worldwide.

The CSP is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (www.ansi.org), the primary source for internationally recognized standards in U.S. based professional practice. The certification is accredited through the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards for personnel certification programs, and can be found on ANSI's database by its 0646 identification number.

National accreditation has become the yardstick for acceptance of a certification by many federal, state, and local agencies. Accreditation standards cover fairness in testing, audited financial disclosure, independence in governance, validated examination content, non-discrimination of candidates, and many other criteria.

BCSP is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (www.credentialingexcellence.org). The CSP was the first certification in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics accredited by this national organization which evaluates peer-operated certifications.

The CSP is also recognized by the National Skill Standards Board (www.nssb.org).

Veterans Affairs Reimbursement

Beginning in March 2001, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established rules by which certifications and licenses could qualify for VA reimbursement. All examinations leading to BCSP credentials are approved by the VA for reimbursement of examination fees for qualifying active duty and reserve component military and veterans. Individuals who qualify for the VA reimbursement program can have their examination fees paid by the VA by listing the specific, qualifying license or certification they are seeking in their application for reimbursement to the VA.

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The Professional Image


The CSP credential is the mark of the safety professional. Like the Professional Engineer designation for engineers or the Certified Public Accountant designation for accountants, the CSP certification marks individuals who have met educational and experience standards and passed rigorous examinations validated against the practice of hundreds of safety professionals.

  • • No other safety certification holds the same level of demand by employers and government agencies.


  • • No other safety credential has the same impact on salary.