Qualified Equivalent Programs

Qualified Equivalent Programs (QEPs) provide their credential holders with additional recognition in SH&E and set them on a path to professional certification.

What does it mean to be a Qualified Equivalent Program (QEP)?

A QEP is a curriculum-based certificate, diploma, or international degree program in the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) field whose program curriculum has been reviewed by BCSP and has been found to be a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint.

Individuals who complete a program from a QEP are eligible to apply for the Transitional Safety Practitioner (TSP), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®). It is only available to individuals who complete SH&E programs which meet BCSP QEP standards.

What are the benefits of becoming a QEP?

  • Being a QEP distinguishes your SH&E program from other programs.
  • BCSP gives special recognition to QEPs on our website.
  • College and university faculty teaching SH&E courses at an institution with a QEP may qualify for a free ASP and CSP application and free exams (deadlines apply).
  • Individuals who complete your QEP program and apply for the TSP designation are provided additional benefits and recognition for their advancement in safety practice.

What are the benefits to an individual who becomes a TSP?

  • 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 the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • A TSP wall certificate
  • TSPs’ 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 an SH&E program get on the QEP list?

Curriculum-based SH&E certificate, diploma, or international degree programs may contact BCSP and request their SH&E program be reviewed against the current ASP examination blueprint.

The institution must submit program information and a list of required courses in the curriculum with the corresponding detailed syllabi.

What is the cost to the institution for becoming a QEP?

There is no cost to the institution for either a program review or to become a QEP. However, the process of review will be repeated with each ASP exam blueprint revision.