Certifications and Designations


BCSP Certifications and Designations

A Certified Safety Professional or CSP is a safety professional who has met education and experience standards, has demonstrated by examination the knowledge that applies to professional safety practice, continues to meet Continuance of Certification requirements established by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and is authorized by BCSP to use the Certified Safety Professional designation.

An Associate Safety Professional or ASP is a temporary designation awarded by BCSP. It denotes that an individual has met academic requirements and has passed the Safety Fundamentals examination - the first of two examinations leading to the CSP.

A Graduate Safety Practitioner or GSP is a designation available to safety degree graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards. The GSP program is an additional path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and does not replace other paths. Those in the GSP path are not eligible for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation since GSP's receive a waiver of and do not sit for the Safety Fundamentals Examination

Construction Health and Safety Technician or CHST is a certification awarded to safety practitioners who demonstrate competency and work part-time or full-time in health and safety activities devoted to the prevention of construction illness and injuries.

Occupational Health and Safety Technologist or OHST is a title awarded to safety practitioners who perform occupational health and safety activities on a full-time or part-time basis as part of their job duties.

The Safety Trained Supervisor or STS certification is intended for managers at all levels, first line supervisors of work groups or organization units or have a safety responsibility for a work group that is part of other work duties. Safety Trained Supervisors are not safety specialists or safety practitioners. Typical candidates have a safety responsibilities that is adjunct, collateral or ancillary to their job duties. Their main job duties are in a craft or trade, in leadership, supervision or management, or in a technical specialty.

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The Education Standard

A CSP candidate must hold either a bachelor's degree or higher in any field or an associate degree in safety, health and environmental or closely related field. Learn about accreditation standards. Read More

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