Collecting Items for BCSP Examinations
BCSP started chartering item writing teams in 2002. Today, BCSP has chartered eight teams that assist in the contribution of many items to the BCSP items banks each year.
Chartered item writing teams collect examination items from certificants who are actively engaged in safety practice. This ensures BCSP's examination items are relevant to current safety practice.
Each team meets a minimum of two times per year for at least four hours each session. All items compiled are submitted to BCSP for review and acceptance into the item bank. Recertification points are awarded at the end of the team’s charter period based on the number of items accepted into the BCSP item bank for each team.
The team reviews each item to make sure the item is correct, relevant, current, and usable. Each item submitted must also have a valid reference listed. When the items reach BCSP they are evaluated and, if accepted, they are placed into the BCSP item bank for possible future use. In 2011, 525 items were accepted into the BCSP items banks.
Item Writing in 2013
BCSP is not in need of Safety Fundamentals (ASP) or Comprehensive Practice (CSP) items at this time, and will not be awarding Recertification points for any new items for these examinations. BCSP continues to seek OHST, CHST, STS-Construction, STS-Mining, STS-General Industry, and STS-Petrochemical items.
References need to be documented not only on the item writing form, but also with a copy of the referenced book's cover, copyright page and the exact page(s) where supporting documentation for the question you are submitting is located. Many of the references used are older and this will help BCSP document the exact reference and location of the content that supports the question. If this information is not submitted with your draft item, it will not be accepted into the BCSP Item Bank.
Recognition for Years of Service
BCSP would like to thank the East Pennsylvania Item Writing Team for their effort. This team was chartered in 2007 and completed five years of service in 2011. Many CSPs have contributed items since 2007 and we are very grateful for all of your time and effort through the years.
BCSP would like to recognize the team for their service and especially thank several of the team members that have completed five years of service. Each member will receive the award for their service years from their team leader.
BCSP appreciates all of your help.