Program Overview

A Graduate Safety Practitioner (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 alternate 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 ASP Examination. The ASP denotes someone who has taken a different path to the CSP certification by passing that first examination. The GSP is not a certification.

Benefits of Becoming a GSP

There are numerous benefits for obtaining the GSP designation, including:

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification.
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice.
  • A waiver of the application fee.
  • A waiver of the ASP examination.
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation.

Qualified Academic Program

A Qualified Academic Program (QAP) is a bachelor's or master's degree program in safety, health and environmental practices holding program accreditation by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-ASAC) or the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

Applying for the GSP

If you are a just about to graduate, you submit the GSP Application through your program’s QAP Coordinator. If you graduated within the program's ABET accredited period, you submit the GSP Retroactivity Application forms and official transcripts directly to BCSP. There is no fee to apply. BCSP will then send you a GSP package indicating you have been awarded the GSP designation.

GSP Retroactivity Program

The GSP Retroactivity Program is for individuals who have graduated within the program's ABET accredited period from a current QAP that held ABET accreditation at the time they graduated. Similarly to the GSP path, the GSP Retroactivity path allows applicants a waiver of the application fee and of the ASP exam.

GSP Time Limit

GSPs must sit for and pass the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) examination within three years of the date on which they become eligible. Recently, the BCSP Board of Directors eliminated the Graduate Safety Practitioner 10-Year Rule which stated GSPs had to take the CSP exam within 10 years of their graduation date.

After you become a GSP

All GSPs pay an annual renewal fee to maintain their designation, just like ASPs and CSPs. If you are eligible to take the CSP exam, good luck! If you are not yet eligible, keep working in the safety field to accumulate experience points toward your eligibility.

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Professional Image

Many professions recognize the need for certification to identify competency in their respective fields. Just as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in accounting denotes a measurable standard of competency, the CSP, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, STSC, and CET are recognized as having met the professional challenge of illustrating competency through education and/or training, experience, and examination.

In the past twenty years, the responsibilities of safety professionals have expanded. Safety issues have become more complex and today's safety professionals must be continually better qualified. BCSP credential holders are among the most highly trained, educated, and experienced individuals in the safety field. In general, those who hold a BCSP credential are more likely to be hired, earn higher salaries, and receive more promotions and leadership assignments than their peers who do not hold the certification.

BCSP credentials are nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the CSP is also internationally accredited by the American National Standards Institute under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards for personnel certification programs.

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Benefits of Certification

Hiring Preferences and Salary Increases. Advertisements for safety professionals often identify the CSP certification or other BCSP credentials as desired or required qualification along with education and experience. Human resource managers and those hiring people for government positions depend on professional certification to ensure candidates have met minimum qualifications.

Enhance Your Self-Esteem. The most frequent reported value derived from achieving a BCSP credential is increased self-esteem and personal satisfaction. Most newly certified individuals report that achieving their certification increased their personal worth. A major factor is having met standards established by peers for professional safety practice. It indicates that you have risen above the competition, because, you have been evaluated by professional peers against those standards.

Share Your Knowledge for Professional Safety Practice. Having achieved a certification shows you have mastered the core knowledge required for professional safety practice. The Safety Salary Survey shows that the certification process made them learn the field. The certification did what it is intended to do - ensuring the knowledge necessary for practice.

Gain an Advantage Over Your Peers. Because a BCSP credential is high quality, as demonstrated by its compliance with national and/or internationally recognized standards for certification of persons, most holding it have created an edge for themselves. As recognition for BCSP credentials grow among employers, government agencies, peers and the public, those holding one have a competitive advantage for safety positions and assignments.

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The Certification Process

Apply Online

BCSP requires you to create a profile at to start the application process. You will need to login for the first time by creating an account through the “My Profile” portal on the right hand corner of every webpage. Once you have created your account you will click on the “Apply for Certification” menu button to start your application. 

Are You Eligible?

Do You Have An Accredited Degree?

For a certification with a U.S. degree requirement, BCSP needs the educational institution to hold institutional accreditation from an accreditation body with institutional accrediting authority recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the U.S. Department of Education. Degrees earned outside the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency. Unaccredited degrees are disqualified. The degree must be awarded during the period of accreditation. More information regarding the academic requirement can be found on The Education Standard page.

Do You Have Enough Experience?

In addition to the academic requirement, BCSP candidates must have professional safety experience. Professional safety experience must meet all of the following criteria to be considered acceptable by BCSP:

  1. Professional safety must be a function of the position
  2. The responsibility must be the prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment, rather than responsibility for responding to harmful events. CETs must have 270 hours of training in safety.

Purchase, Schedule, and Sit for the Exam

Once your application has been approved you may purchase an examination at any time during your 1-year eligibility period by logging in to “My Profile” at and clicking on the “Purchase Exam” menu button. BCSP will notify the examination service that you are an eligible candidate so you may schedule a convenient time to sit for the exam.

BCSP's examination service provider, Pearson VUE, has hundreds of test centers located around the world, which are open every business day (some also have weekend and holiday hours). Examinations are delivered via computer at the test center. As soon as candidates submit their exam, official results are available. Candidates who fail may still be eligible to purchase a new examination.

Pay an Annual Renewal Fee and Meet Recertification Requirements

After completing all of the requirements, BCSP will award candidates who pass the certification exam the credential. All certifications are awarded on an annual basis and those holding one must pay an annual fee in order to retain the use. All credential holds must remain up-to-date with changes in professional practice by compiling 20/25 Recertification points every five years.

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