Construction Health and Safety Technician


Quick Jumps: Benefits of CHST + Eligibility and Examination + CHST Review and Study Sources

The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Certification Program

The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification is designed for individuals who demonstrate competency and work part-time or full-time in health and safety activities devoted to the prevention of construction illnesses and injuries. The CHST certification meets national standards for certifications. 

Candidates for the CHST certification are typically employed as safety and health specialists on construction job sites, serving in either full-time or part-time positions. Typical individuals are responsible for safety and health on one or more significant construction projects or job sites. They may work for an owner, general contractor, subcontractor, or firm involved in construction or construction safety.

The CHST program recognizes that many employers assign responsibility for construction safety and health functions to those with very important roles in protecting workers. Many construction safety professionals use the CHST as a stepping stone to greater roles in safety and health and, in some cases, to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

To retain the CHST certification, individuals must:

  • Pay an annual renewal fee
  • Meet Recertification requirements

The CHST program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Benefits of CHST

Benefits of the CHST certification for construction health and safety practitioners include:

  • Satisfaction from knowing you meet a standard of your professional peers;
  • Self-esteem because you have respect of other health and safety professionals for your professionalism;
  • Recognition from an employer or potential employers for health and safety qualifications;
  • Potential recognition from an employer through increased job responsibility and/or pay;
  • Improved ability to compete for construction health and safety positions; and
  • An annual wallet card noting certification.

The CHST certification benefits employers because it:

  • Is helpful when selecting a qualified construction health and safety professional;
  • Is a means for improving safety and health in the workplace through competence and confidence;
  • Improves the company image for worker protection;
  • Increases worker and public confidence in the employer’s construction safety and health program; and
  • Enhances company profitability and quality by reducing construction accidents, illnesses, and insurance claims.

There are several routes of entry into the CHST certification. The program accepts candidates who gained knowledge of safety and health through academic preparation coupled with job experience in construction.  It also accepts those who developed expertise through construction job experience and job safety and health training.  

Eligibility and Examination

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the CHST examination:

  • Candidates must have a High School Diploma/or GED and
  • If a candidate has no college experience, they need 3 years of construction experience where at least 35% of the work includes safety duties or
  • If a candidate has an associate’s degree or higher*, they would need 2 years of construction experience with at least 35% of the work includes safety duties or
  • If a candidate has any ABET accredited safety-related associate degree or higher* they would need 1 year of construction work where safety is at least 35% of the job duties.

* Degrees that may be substituted for experience are noted in BCSP's education standards.

CHST Review and Study Sources

Because candidates for BCSP examinations often ask where to locate review courses and study materials, BCSP maintains a list strictly as a courtesy. For a detailed list, click on the Review and Study Sources page.

There are important changes that will affect our certification processes in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Find the most recent details on changes to certification processes and/or requirements in the BCSP Current Changes Index.

PDF Library - Application Forms

CHST Application Checklist
 CHST Candidate Handbook
CHST Application Form
CHST Experience Form
CHST Experience Update Form

PDF Library - Professional Development Assistance

Application Fee Waiver Brochure
Department of Veterans Affairs Pays the Costs of a License or Certification Test

PDF Library - Blueprints & Study Guides

CHST Exam Blueprint
CHST Blueprint References

PDF Library - Test Assistance

Self-Assessment Brochure and Examinations Order Form
Computer-delivered Examinations through Pearson VUE
Understanding and Interpreting Your Examination Score

PDF Library - Recertification

 Recertification Guide

PDF Library - Community

CHST Brochure
Certificate Replacement Order Form
BCSP Professional Advancement Mentor Form
 Display and Literature Request Form
BCSP Code of Ethics
Criminal Conviction Policy

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The Value of Safety

 style=If you represent an organization that would like to use BCSP certification to foster an effective, efficient, and engaging safety culture in your work, please visit our Business Development page The Value of Safety.