All BCSP certifications are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the primary source for internationally recognized standards in U.S. based professional practice. The CSP was the first certification in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics accredited by this national organization which evaluates certification programs. The certifications are accredited through the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards for personnel certification programs, and can be found on ANSI's database by their 0646 identification number.
ANSI accreditation has become the yardstick for acceptance of a certification by many federal, state, and local agencies. Accreditation standards cover fairness in testing, audited financial disclosure, independence in governance, validated examination content, non-discrimination of candidates, and many other criteria.
The Education Standard
The CSP and ASP certifications' educational requirements can only be met by educational institutions that hold institutional accreditation. There are two organizations that set standards for accrediting bodies. One is the U.S. Department of Education. The other is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
To ensure this standard, BCSP requires that degrees from colleges and universities outside the United States be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
Veterans Affairs Reimbursement
Beginning in March 2001, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established rules by which certifications and licenses could qualify for VA reimbursement. All examinations leading to BCSP credentials are approved by the VA for reimbursement of examination fees for qualifying active duty and reserve component military and veterans. Individuals who qualify for the VA reimbursement program can have their examination fees paid by the VA by listing the specific, qualifying license or certification they are seeking in their application for reimbursement to the VA.