Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)


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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: ASP, GSP, TSP, or CIH
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

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

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

8645 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN  46268

Phone: 1-317-593-4800

Fax: 1-317-593-4400
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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.

Written Exam

  • 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

Exam Preparation Resources

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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

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.

RECERTIFICATION

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.

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This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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