BCSP's Qualified Academic Programs (QAP) Have Expanded

Programs Now Include Non-U.S. Academic Institutions

Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals' Qualified Academic Programs (QAP) have expanded to include non-U.S. safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) degree programs. 

Previously, QAPs were bachelors, masters, or PhD degree programs in SH&E that, among other qualifications, were accredited by the US Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This change now includes recognition of non-U.S. academic programs determined by a third party to be comparable to U.S. academic programs. This aligns with the global aspect of BCSP's mission to "inspire and develop leaders in safety, health, and environmental practice through globally accredited certifications." 

All current Qualified Equivalent Programs (QEP) that qualify will be automatically made Qualified Academic Programs. All current Transitional Safety Practitioner (TSP) designation holders will remain TSPs, as both the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) and the TSP put its holder on a path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. 

For more information on having your SH&E program reviewed for the QAP or QEP program, or for general information about the QAP/QEP and the GSP/TSP, visit BCSP.ORG/GSP and/or BCSP.ORG/TSP.