Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)
Examination Preparation Workshop
Purchase OHST Workshop - $950
Workshops include a 500 page professionally published Workbook, BCSP approved scientific calculator, pencils, notepad, highlighter, and SPANs exclusive EXAM PREP Software CD. The SPAN Exam Prep Software CD includes over 800 targeted questions with multiple enhanced learning, exam simulation, and performance tracking capabilities is provided as part of the workshop ($275 value!).
3 Days / 2.2 CEUs / 3.67 Safety CM Points, 25.5 CMPs / 2.2 COCs
Occupational Health and Safety Technologists are persons who perform occupational health and safety activities on a full-time or part-time basis as part of their job duties. Some examples of occupational health and safety activities (also performed by loss control specialists) are making worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, investigating incidents, maintaining and evaluating incident and loss records, and preparing emergency response plans.
- May work part-time or full-time in occupational health or safety (35% is the minimum)
- Have duties that require technical skills and knowledge in occupational health or safety
- Must have five years of experience in occupational health or safety
- Must pass the OHST examination
Candidates may substitute college courses in health and safety or an associate degree or higher in certain disciplines for some or all of the experience requirement. Degrees that may be substituted for experience are noted in BCSP's education standards. Students in associate or higher degree programs in occupational safety and health may sit for the examination during their last semester.
To retain the OHST certification, individuals must:
- Pay an annual renewal fee
- Meet Recertification requirements
The OHST program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Candidates not yet meeting the experience requirement may take the OHST examination. Upon passing the exam, candidates are awarded the Associate Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (AOHST) designation, a temporary designation that denotes progress toward the OHST certification.
AOHSTs may put "Associate Occupational Health and Safety Technologist" or "AOHST" after their name and they receive a wall certificate to display and a press release announcement. AOHSTs need not meet recertification requirements, but must pay an annual renewal fee (prorated the first year). Once all OHST experience qualifications are met, the AOHST is awarded the OHST certification.
OHST Certificate Programs
Candidates for the OHST may waive some of the experience requirement by completing a certificate program in safety and health recognized by BCSP. Certificate programs can be operated by either an academic institution or by a private or governmental organization.
Here is a list of certificate programs that qualify for credit toward the OHST certification:
- Central Maine Community College - Occupational Health and Safety Technologist Certificate (1 1/4 year)
- Texas Engineering Extension Service - Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)- Certified Safety and Health Official™ - (1 year)
- Keene State College - Region 1 Certified Safety and Health Official (1/2 year)
OHST Retired Status
Retired OHST status is for someone who has held the OHST certification and has requested and been granted the retired status by BCSP. This status means a person is no longer active as a health and safety practitioner on a part-time or full-time basis. It does not necessarily mean that someone is retired from active employment in general.
Please refer to the Retired Election Form for more information regarding OHST Retired Status.
Complete OHST Candidate Handbook
- OHST Application Checklist
- OHST Candidate Handbook
- OHST Application Form
- OHST Experience Form
- OHST Reference Form
- OHST Experience Update Form
Professional Development Assistance
- Professional Development Assistance Brochure
- Department of Veterans Affairs Pays the Costs of a License or Certification Test
Blueprints & Study Guides
- Self-Assessment Brochure and Examinations Order Form
- OHST Exam Blueprint
- OHST Blueprint References
- Examination Reference
- OHST Practice
- Certificate Program Credit Request
- Understanding and Interpreting Your Examination Score
- Certificate Replacement Order Form
- Retired Election Form
- BCSP Professional Advancement Mentor Form
- Literature/Tabletop Order Form
- BCSP Logo Use Guidelines
- Code of Ethics
- Criminal Conviction Policy