Qualified Academic Programs
Qualified Academic Programs (QAPs) provide graduates with additional recognition in the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) profession and set them on a path to professional certification.
What does it mean to be a Qualified Academic Program (QAP)?
A QAP is a bachelor’s, masters, or doctorate degree program in the SH&E field whose required course curriculum has been reviewed by BCSP and been found to be a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint.
Graduates of QAPs are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®). It is only available to SH&E graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP QAP standards.
What are the benefits of becoming a QAP?
- Being a QAP distinguishes your SH&E program from other programs, recognizing graduates’ accomplishments with a path to professional certification
- BCSP gives special recognition to QAPs in our Safety Degree Directory
- College and university faculty teaching SH&E courses at an institution with a QAP may qualify for a free ASP and CSP application and free exams (deadlines apply)
- QAPs are eligible for a gift of up to $10,000 toward full accreditation or reaccreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as described in this page’s Resources section
- BCSP provides $1,000 annually to ABET or AABI accredited programs to help cover costs of retaining accreditation
- BCSP provides ABET/AABI accredited QAPs with scholarships for their students
What are the benefits to a student who becomes a GSP?
- Meeting the CSP eligibility requirement of holding a BCSP-qualified credential, waiving the need to sit for, and pass, the ASP examination
- Eligibility for the STS and STSC certifications
- Recognition of their level of preparation for professional safety practice
- Their name in the BCSP Credential Holder Directory and a Digital Badge
- Use of the BCSP Career Center to post a resume and view career opportunities
- A GSP digital certificate
How does a school get on the QAP list?
U.S.-based safety, health and environmental (SH&E) degree programs that are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and which demonstrate a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint will be eligible to become a Qualified Academic Program (QAP).
Non-U.S. SH&E degree programs that are accredited and/or recognized in their country of origin, determined to be comparable to U.S. accreditation standards as evaluated by a third-party, and demonstrate a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint are eligible to become a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) as well.
The school must submit, from the current academic year, a list of required courses in the curriculum and the corresponding detailed syllabi.
What is the cost to the school for becoming a QAP?
There is no cost to the school for either a program review or to become a QAP. However, the process of review will be repeated with each ASP exam blueprint revision.