National Credential
Credential: Associate Safety Professional (ASP)  In-Demand resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional certification (ASP) validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates are required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in any field or an associate's in safety, health, or the environment, or a closely related field. In addition, candidates must have one year of professional safety experience where safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties. Candidates must take a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted ABE-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment Rating other      
Enlisted ABF-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels Rating other      
Enlisted ABH-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling Rating some  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate Rating other      
Enlisted AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate Rating other      
Enlisted AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic Rating other      
Enlisted AME-Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted AO-Aviation Ordnanceman Rating other      
Enlisted AS-Aviation Support Equipment Technician Rating other      
Enlisted AT-Aviation Electronics Technician Rating other      
Enlisted AWF-Naval Aircrewmen Mechanical Rating other      
Enlisted AWO-Naval Aircrewmen Operator Rating other      
Enlisted AWR-Naval Aircrewmen Tactical-Helicopter Rating other      
Enlisted AWS-Naval Aircrewmen Helicopter Rating other      
Enlisted AWV-Naval Aircrewmen Avionics Rating other      
Enlisted BM-Boatswain's Mate Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted DC-Damage Controlman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted EM-Electrician's Mate Rating some  Navy Bucks    E7 Pay Grade
Enlisted EMN-Electricians Mate, Nuclear Power Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted EN-Engineman Rating other      
Enlisted EOD-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted ET-Electronics Technician Rating other      
Enlisted ETN-Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power Rating other      
Enlisted FT-Fire Control Technician Rating other      
Enlisted GM-Gunner's Mate Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted GSE-Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical Rating other      
Enlisted GSM-Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical Rating other      
Enlisted HM - Aerospace Medical Technician Job other      
Enlisted HM - Aerospace Physiology Technician Job other      
Enlisted HM - Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM - Field Medical Service Technician Job other      
Enlisted HM - Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Corpsman Job other      
Enlisted HM - Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM - Hospital Corpsman Basic Job other      
Enlisted HM - Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM - Preventive Medicine Technician Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM - Radiation Health Technician Job other      
Enlisted HM - Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM - Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman Job most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HM-Hospital Corpsman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted HT-Hull Maintenance Technician Rating other      
Enlisted MMA-Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary Rating other      
Enlisted MMN-Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power Rating other      
Enlisted MMW-Machinists Mate, Weapons Rating other      
Enlisted MN-Mineman Rating some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted MR-Machinery Repairman Rating other      
Enlisted MT-Missile Technician (Submarines) Rating other      
Enlisted PR-Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Rating other      
Enlisted SB-Special Warfare Boat Operator Rating other      
Enlisted STG-Sonar Technician Surface Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted STS-Sonar Technician Submarine Rating other      
Enlisted Disaster Preparedness Specialist Collateral Duty some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Craftmaster Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Deck Engineer Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Engineer Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Loadmaster Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Navigator Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted Naval Special Warfare/Reconnaissance Medic Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted Safety Technician Collateral Duty some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot/Maintainer Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted UCT - Underwater Construction Technician Out of Rate Assignment other      
Officer 111X - Surface Warfare URL Designator some      
Officer 112X - Submarine Warfare URL Designator other      
Officer 130X - Air Warfare - Pilot or NFO (Other than Operational Flying) URL Designator most      
Officer 131X - Aviation Warfare Officer, Pilot URL Designator most      
Officer 132X - Navy Aviator - NFO URL Designator some      
Officer 144X - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering Designator other      
Officer 166X - Strategic Sealift Officer Designator some      
Officer 611X - Deck LDO Designator some      
Officer 613X - Engineering/Repair (Surface) LDO Designator other      
Officer 616X - Ordnance Specialty (Surface) LDO Designator some      
Officer 618X - Electronics Specialty LDO Designator other      
Officer 620X - Nuclear Power LDO Designator other      
Officer 623X - Engineering/Repair Specialty LDO Designator most      
Officer 626X - Ordnance (Submarine) LDO Designator most      
Officer 629X - Communications Specialty (Submarine) LDO Designator other      
Officer 631X - Aviation Deck Specialty LDO Designator other      
Officer 633X - Aviation Maintenance Specialty LDO Designator some      
Officer 636X - Aviation Ordnance Specialty LDO Designator most      
Officer 711X - Boatswain (Surface) CWO Designator some      
Officer 713X - Engineering Technician (Surface) CWO Designator other      
Officer 716X - Ordnance Technician (Surface) CWO Designator other      
Officer 717X - Special Warfare Combatant Craft Technician CWO Designator other      
Officer 726X - Ordnance Technician (Submarine) CWO Designator most      
Officer 731X - Aviation Boatswain CWO Designator some      
Officer 733X - Aviation Maintenance CWO Designator some      
Officer 736X - Aviation Ordnance Technician CWO Designator most      
Officer DPO - Disaster Preparedness Officer Collateral Duty some      
Officer Safety Officer/HMC&M Collateral Duty some      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
8645 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN  46268
Phone: 1-317-593-4800
Fax: 1-317-593-4400
Contact Page

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

Candidates must have a minimum of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in any field, or an Associate’s in safety, health, or the environment, or a closely related field.

Candidates must have 1-year of safety experience where safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties.

The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential has the following other requirements:

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

  • Mathematics (18%)
    • Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene Calculations
    • Electrical Calculations
    • Radiation Calculations
    • Structural and Mechanical Calculations
    • Engineering Control Calculations
    • Physics Calculations
    • Financial Principles
    • Statistics
    • Performance Metrics and Indicators
  • Safety Management Systems (23%)
    • Risk Management and Hazard Control Process
    • Management Processes
    • Project Management
    • Systems Safety
    • Fleet Safety
    • Safety Programs
  • Ergonomics (13%)
    • Human Factors
    • Measurement and Monitoring
    • Controls
  • Fire Prevention and Protection (11%)
    • Fire and Explosion Hazards
    • Fire Controls
    • Fire and Emergency Management
  • Occupational Health (11%)
    • Biological Hazards and Controls
    • Chemical Hazards and Controls
    • Physical Hazards and Controls
  • Environmental Management (15%)
    • Environmental Hazards
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls and Practices
    • Hazardous Waste Storage and Disposal
  • Training, Education, and Communication (9%)
    • Training and Education Methods
    • Communication and Group Dynamics

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) testing process, visit the agency website.

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Renewal occurs every five years (one cycle); in this time certified individuals must achieve 25 points. There are eleven categories of activities, each providing points toward meeting that goal. There is no limit to the number of points in some categories, while other categories have annual and/or total point limits.

    Additional information may be found in the BCSP Recertification Guide