About the Examinations

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

The ASP (often called CSP Safety Fundamentals exam) is the first test required in the two-test process of becoming a CSP. The five hour computer delivered test consists of 200 questions designed to measure the academic knowledge expected of the entry-level safety professional.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

The CSP Exam is the second-level examination required in the two test process. This five and one-half hour computer delivered examination consists of 200 questions that examine the candidate's applied knowledge and the application of experience gained through professional practice. Both the ASP and the CSP are administered by the BCSP.

The criteria for designation as a Certified Safety Professional is extremely high. Applicants must have a college degree and four years of professional safety experience. However, the failure rate on the ASP (Safety Fundamentals) Exam has historically been about 50%!

We believe the reason for the high failure rate is because examinees have failed to understand the scope and complexity of the test and have relied on incomplete and misleading study material, plus they generally use a shotgun approach in preparing for the exam. Our SPAN™ CertBoK® and workshops offer a focused approach instead of the shotgun approach.

Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST)

The OHST is sponsored by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and provides an excellent combination technical credential. This certification does not require a college degree. The required 200 question test is equally divided between safety and health.

Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)

The CHST is a certification dedicated to construction safety principles and practices. It is designed for practitioners who fill job site safety positions on construction projects. This certification does not require a college degree. A single 200 question examination is required.

Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) & Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC)

STS examination program features workers in facility services, health care social assistants, administrative and support management, pest control, lawn care repair and maintenance. Those individuals who pursue this program generally work in transportation, utilities and manufacturing. This examination program requires a supervisor to demonstrate his or her understanding of the principles and practices of supervision in the context of safety. The STSC examination program is intended for managers, first-line construction supervisors, superintendents, foremen, crew chiefs, and craftsmen who have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions and practices on construction job sites. The STS and STSC consist of 100 questions to be completed in 2 hours.

Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT)

The CIT is a certification held by those with experience and expertise in developing, designing, and delivering safety, health and environmental training. the 100 question 2 hour exam measures an individual’s knowledge of the theory and practice of basic adult education and confirms knowledge and experience in the SH&E specialty area(s) in which they teach.
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Eligibility for the Examinations

Your first step toward certification is to determine your eligibility for certification.

Please contact the Board of Certified Safety Professionals at 317.593.4800 or www.bcsp.org to determine your eligibility.

BCSP Certification Matrix

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BCSP Certification Matrix
1. In any field
2. In a safety and health or related field
3. from an ABET­ASAC or AABI accredited QAP program
4. Not Applicable
5. Safety, Health and Environmental
6. In safety, health and environmental-related areas
7. Where safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties
8. ASP, CIH, CMIOSH, CRSP, GSP, SISO, NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Diploma in Industrial Safety from CLI/RLIs of the Government of India
9. Where safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties
10. Must achieve the CSP within eligibility time period once CSP experience requirement is met
11. A minimum of 35% of the job tasks must be related to management of safety related programs, processes, procedures, personnel, etc.)
12. At least 35% of primary job duties involve safety and health
13. At least 35% of primary job duties involve safety and health
14. Related to the STS industry exam for which candidate is applying (work experience must be a minimum part time [18 hrs./week] to qualify)
16. Or by retaking the STS/STSC exam or earning the OHST, CHST, ASP or CSP
17. With 2.8 of these points in attending a training, development or instructional technology class