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Certified Safety Professional

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  1. Certified Safety Professional The Benchmark of the Safety Professional Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  2. The Safety Professional • Masters a body of knowledge • Masters skills • Is experienced • Acts from principles and practices • Is responsible • Serves as advisor Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  3. Body of Knowledge Business Information Technology Education THE SAFETY PROFESSION Law & Government Engineering - Safety - Industrial Hygiene - Fire Protection - Environment - Program Management - Other Health Ergonomics Human Behavior Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  4. About BCSP • Established in 1969 • Not-for-profit • Not a membership organization • 13 directors • 7 membership organizations: • AIHA • ASSE • IIE • NFPA • NSC • SFPE • SSS Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  5. How Many CSPs are There? • CSPs issued since 20,000+ 1969 • Current CSPs 11,000+ • Current ASPs 900+ • Current GSPs 500+ Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  6. CSP: Education Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  7. CSP: Education Trends Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  8. CSP: Gender Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  9. What CSPs Do Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  10. Functions of CSPs Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  11. Where CSPs Work Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  12. Dual Certifications CPE Certified Professional Ergonomist CHMM Certified Hazardous Materials Manager ARM Associate in Risk Management CIH Certified Industrial Hygienist PE Professional Engineer Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  13. PERSONAL EMPLOYER EMPLOYMENT Value of the CSP • Enhances self image • Exemplifies professional credibility • Increases marketability • Promotions, pay increases, bonuses or awards • Hiring preference • Compete for positions • Compete for contracts Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  14. CSP: Salary • BCSP salary survey, 2008 • Average = $99,244/yr • Median = $89,000/yr • AIHA membership, 2004 • Average differential = $23,000+/yr • Career differential = $460,000+ • ASSE membership, 2003 • Average differential = $17,000+/yr • Career differential = $340,000+ Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  15. CSP: Salary Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  16. CSP: Salary • 2000 – BCSP $75,358 Holding CSP • 2003 – ASSE $65,673 ASSE member $83,036 Holding CSP • 2008 – BCSP $99,244 Holding CSP Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  17. CSP: Job Ads CSP Required or DesiredASSE’s Professional Safety Magazine Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  18. CSP: Recognition • FEDERAL LEVEL • OSHA • EPA • Military • OPM (Office of Personnel Management) • STATE LEVEL • Regulations and standards • Loss control services and WC laws • Title protection • LOCAL LEVEL • Chicago and New York City Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  19. Alliance with OSHA • BCSP partners with OSHA, CCHEST, and ABIH in 2008 and sign Alliance agreement • Enhances education and professional expertise • Promotes safety competence • Encourages enhanced knowledge of workplace safety and health programs, processes, and regulations Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  20. National Accreditation -National Commission for Certifying Agencies • Governance • Elections, public involvement • Financial disclosure • Independence • Examination validity and reliability • Fairness • Passing scores, non-discrimination, due process Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  21. National Accreditation -ISO/IEC 17024General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons • Earned in August 2003 • BCSP is one of the first five certification bodies to meet this standard Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  22. Accreditation/Recognition • Over 200 titles in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics in the U.S. • 16 titles are nationally accredited • CSP accredited by NCCA and ISO/IEC 17024 Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  23. Exam Revalidation • Role delineation workshop • Volunteer CSPs charted responsibilities, knowledge and skills (from manufacturing, chemical processing, electronics, transportation, mining, education, utilities, labor, insurance, government, consulting, health care) • Survey of 1,500 CSPs (2007) • Rate on frequency, importance, criticality • Results determine blueprint for examination • Revised CSP examinations in place (2009) Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  24. The CSP Process • Apply • Qualify • Education • Experience • Pass examination • Safety Fundamentals ---> ASP • Comprehensive Practice ---> CSP • Continuance of Certification Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  25. A Complete Application • CSP Application Form • Application Fee • Official degree transcript(s) • Professional Safety Experience Form • Reference Forms Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  26. Education Requirement • Minimum • Associate degree in safety and health OR • Bachelor’s degree in any field • Credit • Accredited safety and health bachelor’s degree: full credit • All other degrees: partial credit + additional experience • Eligible for Safety Fundamentals when education requirement met • Graduate study counts toward experience Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  27. Experience Requirement • 3 years minimum + any needed to satisfy education requirement • 1 month experience = 1 point • Criteria for professional experience • Safety is primary duty • Main function is prevention of harm • Safety is at least 50% of full time position or equivalent • Professional level (recommend hazard controls) • Breadth of duty: safety tasks, hazard types, etc. • 48 points: eligible for Safety Fundamentals examination • 96 points: eligible for Comprehensive Practice examination • Obtaining OHST or CHST counts as one year of experience (12 points) Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  28. CSP: Fees • $145 Application Fee • $310 Safety Fundamentals Examination Fee • $310 Comprehensive Practice Examination Fee • Annual Renewal Fee Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  29. Safety Fundamentals Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  30. Comprehensive Practice Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  31. Continuance of Certification • 25 points every 5 years • 10 categories, including: -membership -practice -service -continuing education -item writing -new degree -re-examination -etc. Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  32. Testing • Offered every business day • Hundreds of locations in North America • Immediate results • 200 multiple-choice items • Examinations 5 and 5 1/2 hours each • Test takers can return to marked items • Passing score based on item difficulty Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  33. CCHEST Certifications • Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist® (OHST)/Certified Loss Control Specialist (CLCS) • Construction Health and Safety Technician® (CHST) • Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) • Experience credit toward CSP • Flexible qualifications • Students in accredited safety programs can sit for examination after 2nd year • Degrees and certificates can get credit • Recognized national accreditation • Single examination Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  34. Summary • The safety profession is changing • Certification is increasing in value • National accreditation is the standard • Meeting standards of peers provides benefits • Demonstrated competence impacts a career • High job satisfaction level Board of Certified Safety Professionals