One of the most common questions asked by potential candidates is “What do I have to do to become certified?” The certification process has several stages, each one building on the other, to create a knowledgeable safety practitioner.
1) Are You Eligible?
First thing potential candidates need to do is determine application eligibility. It's recommended that candidates view the Safety Certifications at a Glance webpage and download the Complete Guide on the webpage of any certification that interests them for more detailed information.
2) Do You Meet the Education Requirement?
The Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) and Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) require either a bachelor’s degree in any field or an associate in safety, health, or the environment. The associate degree must include at least four courses with at least 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours of study in the safety, health, or environmental domains covered in the CSP or ASP examination blueprint.
There is no waiver of the academic requirement and proof of a minimum qualifying degree must be provided. For U.S. degrees, BCSP requires the educational institution 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. Further details on these requirements and the evaluation of international degrees can be found on our Education Standard or Application with an International Degree webpages.
3) Do You Have Enough Experience?
In addition to the academic requirement, certification candidates must meet experience requirements, as outlined in the Safety Certifications at a Glance webpage and certifications' complete guides.
Certain certifications, the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) and Certified Environmental, Health and Safety Trainer® (CET®), require applicants to hold a BCSP-approved SH&E credential.
4) Apply Online
Apply online by selecting the My Profile button on the BCSP website, your login for BCSP's Certification Management System (CMS). BCSP reviews application materials determining eligibility for the certification examination. BCSP randomly selects applications for audit. If selected for audit, you must submit supporting documentation.
5) Purchase Your Exam
Once their application is approved, new candidates may register and pay for examination online by logging into "My Profile" and selecting “Purchase Exam” from the menu. Candidates will have one year once their application has been approved to purchase, schedule, and sit for examination.
You may purchase an exam or an exam bundle at any time during your one-year eligibility. The exam bundle includes an examination authorization, Self-Assessment, and a second exam attempt if the first is unsuccessful. After you purchase either option, you will receive an examination authorization notice that is used to schedule the exam through Pearson VUE testing centers.
6) Sit for Your Exam
BCSP's examination 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, results are available.
More details on purchasing, scheduling, and sitting for your examination can be found in the Pearson VUE brochure.
7) Pay an Annual Renewal Fee and Meet Recertification Requirements
After completing all of the requirements, BCSP will award candidates who successfully demonstrated their skills and knowledge with their BCSP certification. To continue holding the certification, an annual fee is required, and certificants must remain up-to-date with changes in professional practice by compiling Recertification points every five years.