The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification is the start of the process toward achieving the CSP certification.
Associate Safety Professionals (ASP) are persons who perform at least 50% of professional level safety duties including; making worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, investigating incidents, maintaining and evaluating incident and loss records, and preparing emergency response plans. Other duties could include; hazard recognition, fire protection, regulatory compliance, health hazard control, ergonomics, hazardous materials management, environmental protection, training, accident and incident, investigations, advising management, record keeping, emergency response, managing safety programs, product safety and/or security.
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The ASP program, once a designation in the process of becoming a CSP, is now a full certification and internationally accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
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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, SMS, 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, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, and STSC are nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The CET is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). In addition to NCCA accreditation, the CSP, SMS, and ASP are internationally accredited by the American National Standards Institute under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards for personnel certification programs.
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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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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.
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.
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:
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 (locate a test center). Pearson VUE test centers are open every business day, some also having 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.
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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Because candidates for BCSP examinations often ask where to locate review courses and materials, BCSP maintains a list strictly as a courtesy. For more information visit our Review and Study Source page.
When applying for the CSP or ASP with a degree from a college outside the United States, that degree must be evaluated for US equivalency. For more information, visit the webpage Application with an International Degree.