Qualified Academic Programs

Qualified Academic Programs (QAPs) provide graduates with additional recognition in SH&E and set them on a path to professional certification.

What does it mean to be a Qualified Academic Program (QAP)?

A QAP is a bachelors, masters, or PhD academic degree program in the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) field whose required course curriculum has been reviewed by BCSP and has been found to be a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint. 

Graduates of a QAP 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 Academic Database.
  • 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
  • Recognition for being on a path toward the CSP certification
  • Recognition for being on a path toward the STS and STSC certifications
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • A GSP wall certificate
  • GSPs’ names and digital badges appear on the BCSP Credential Holder Directory
  • Use of the BCSP Career Center (jobs.bcsp.org) to post a resume and view career opportunities

How does a school get on the QAP list?

Schools accredited by the US Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that have SH&E degree programs may contact BCSP and request their academic degree program be reviewed against the current ASP examination blueprint.

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.