National Credential
Credential: Certified Safety Professional (CSP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. Candidates are required to have professional experience that includes safety responsibilities. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. Candidates are required to hold a bachelor's degree in any field. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

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 210X - Staff Corps Officer-Medical Specialty (Neurologist) Subspecialty Code other      
Officer 210X - Staff Corps Officer-Medical Specialty (Preventative/Occupational Medicine) Subspecialty Code other      
Officer 230X - Special Duty Officer-Health Care Administration, Optometry, Pharmacy, or Medical Specialist (Physician Assistant) Subspecialty Code other      
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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Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

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: ASP, GSP, TSP, or CIH
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • 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

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidates must have four years of professional safety experience that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Be the primary function of a position.
  2. The position's primary responsibility must be the prevention of harm to people, property and the environment.
  3. The position must be full time.
  4. The professional safety function must be at least 50% of the position duties.
  5. Duties must be at a professional level, determined by the degree of responsible charge and the ability to defend and reliance by others on analysis and recommendations related to control of hazards.
  6. Have a breadth of duties including hazard recognition, evaluation, and analysis.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

  • Advanced Science and Math (7.4%)
    • Core concepts in anatomy and physiology
    • Core concepts in chemistry (organic and general chemistry)
    • Core concepts in physics
    • Mathematics (e.g., geometry, algebra, trigonometry)
    • Statistics for interpreting data (e.g., mean, median, mode, confidence intervals, probabilities, pare to analysis)
    • Core research methodology concepts
  • Management Systems (19.5%)
    • Benchmarks and performance standards
    • How to measure, analyze, and improve organizational culture
    • Incident investigation techniques
    • Management of change techniques
    • System safety techniques (e.g., root cause, job safety analysis, fault tree analysis)
    • The elements of business continuity and contingency plans
    • Types of leading and lagging safety, health, environmental, and security performance indicators
    • Safety, health, and environmental management and audit systems (e.g., ANSI/AIHA Z10, ISO 14000 series, OHSAS 18000 series, ISO 19011)
    • Applicable requirements for health plans, programs, and policies
    • Applicable requirements for safety plans, programs, and policies
    • Documentation retention or management principles (e.g., incident investigation, training records, exposure records, maintenance records, environmental management system, audit results)
    • Budgeting, finance, and economic analysis techniques and principles (e.g., timelines, budget development, milestones, resourcing, financing risk management options)
    • Management leadership techniques (e.g., Management theories, leadership theories, motivation, discipline, communication styles)
    • Project management concepts and techniques (e.g., RACI charts, project timelines, budgets)
  • Risk Management (10.3%)
    • Analysis required to support risk management options
    • Behavior modification techniques
    • Hazard analysis methods
    • The costs and benefits of risk analysis
    • The risk assessment process
  • Advanced Safety Concepts (22.9%)
    • Administrative controls (e.g., job rotation, chemical substitution)
    • Chemical process safety management (e.g., pressure relief systems, chemical compatibility, management of change, materials of construction, process flow diagrams)
    • Common workplace hazards (e.g., electrical, falls, confined spaces, lockout/tagout, working around water, caught in, struck by, excavation, welding, hot work, cold and heat stress, combustibles, laser, and others)
    • Engineering controls (e.g., ventilation, guarding, isolation)
    • Facility life safety features (e.g., public space safety, floor loading, occupancy loads)
    • Fleet safety principles (e.g., driver and equipment safety, maintenance, surveillance equipment)
    • Hazardous materials management (e.g., labels, storage, and handling)
    • Insurance/risk transfer principles
    • Multi-employer worksite issues (e.g., contractors, temporary or seasonal employees)
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Principles of safety through design or inherently safer designs (e.g., designing out hazards during design phase)
    • Sources of information on hazards and risk management options (e.g., subject matter experts, relevant best practices, published literature, SDS)
    • The safety design criteria for consumer and industrial products (e.g., UL, NFPA, NIOSH)
    • Tools and equipment safety (e.g., hand tools, ladders, grinders, cranes and other mobile equipment, robotics)
    • Unique workplace hazards (e.g., nanoparticles, combustible dust)
  • Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Security (9.1%)
    • Emergency/crisis/disaster response planning (e.g., for nuclear incidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical spills, fires)
    • Fire prevention and protection systems
    • Fire suppression systems
    • Incident (e.g., emergency, crisis, disaster) management
    • The transportation and security of hazardous materials
    • Workplace violence and harassment recognition and prevention techniques
  • Occupational Health and Ergonomics (8%)
    • Basic toxicology principles (e.g., symptoms of an exposure, LD50, mutagens, teratogens)
    • Ergonomics and human factors principles (e.g., visual acuity, body mechanics, patient lifting, vibration, anthropometrics)
    • How to recognize occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, infectious diseases, nanoparticles, indoor air quality)
    • How to evaluate occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, infectious diseases, ventilation, nanoparticles, indoor air quality), including techniques for measurement, sampling, and analysis
    • How to control occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, ventilation, nanoparticles, infectious diseases, indoor air quality)
    • The fundamentals of epidemiology
    • Occupational exposure limits (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat)
  • Environmental Management Systems (6.3%)
    • Environmental protection and pollution prevention methods (e.g., air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, containment)
    • Hazardous waste management practices (e.g., segregation and separation, containment, disposal)
    • How released hazardous materials migrate through the air, surface water, soil, and water table
    • Sustainability principles
  • Training/Education (9.1%)
    • Education and training methods and techniques
    • Training requirements
    • Methods for determining the effectiveness of training programs (e.g., determine if trainees are applying training on the job)
    • Effective presentation techniques
  • Law and Ethics (7.4%)
    • Legal issues (e.g., tort, negligence, civil, criminal, contracts, disability terminology)
    • Protecting confidential information (e.g., privacy, trade secrets)
    • Standards development processes
    • The ethics related to conducting audits
    • The relationship between labor and management
    • BCSP Code of Ethics

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) 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.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CSP recertification is every 5 years and candidate must achieve 25 points through continuing education activities. There are 10 categories of activities, each providing points toward meeting the goal. There is no limit to the number of points in some categories, while other categories have annual and/or total point limits.