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?
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.