Program Overview

The Safety Trained Supervisor (STS/STSC) certifications provides a means for employers to verify safety and health knowledge of first-line supervisors, managers, and any other person with safety responsibilities. The program requires applicants to meet minimum education and experience requirements and demonstrate knowledge of basic safety and health standards and practices.

The STS/STSC Candidates:

  • Are managers at any level
  • Are first line supervisors of work groups or organization units
  • Have a safety responsibility for a work group that is part of other work duties.
  • Typical candidates have a safety responsibility that is adjunct, collateral or ancillary to their job duties. Their main job duties are in a craft or trade, in leadership, supervision or management, or in a technical specialty. If safety responsibilities involve a greater portion of job duties, the role is more likely to be that of a safety technician/technologist or safety professional.
  • The typical STS helps an employer implement safety programs at the worker level through supervisory, safety committee or similar safety and health leadership roles. Safety tasks often include monitoring for job hazards, helping ensure regulatory compliance, training employees in safety practices, performing safety record keeping tasks, coordinating corrections for safety problems within or among work groups, and communicating with safety specialists or management.

The STS program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and the STSC is in the process of achieving the same accreditation.

Choice of Examination

STS

STS examination program features workers in facility services, health care social assistants, administrative and support management, pest control, lawn care repair and maintenance. Those individuals who pursue this program generally work in transportation, utilities and manufacturing. This examination program requires a supervisor to demonstrate his or her understanding of the principles and practices of supervision in the context of safety.

STSC

The STSC examination program is intended for managers, first-line construction supervisors, superintendents, foremen, crew chiefs, and craftsmen who have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions and practices on construction job sites. Currently, we have over 7,000 individuals who actively hold STSC certification.

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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.

The BCSP credentials CSP, OHST, CHST, and STS are nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), while the ASP and STSC are in the process of achieving the same accreditation. The CET is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). In addition to its NCCA accreditation, the CSP is 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 bcsp.org 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 bcsp.org 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 degree requirement (CSP and ASP), 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 bcsp.org 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 their Recertification points every five years.

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