BCSP to Raise Education Requirement for CSP Certification

Continuing to lead as the Gold Standard of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) certifications, BCSP will require those who apply for the CSP to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree beginning July 2, 2018.

This update reflects the growth in SH&E knowledge, an integral component in the advancement of the profession. BCSP will continue that advancement by raising the bar, keeping CSPs at the forefront of SH&E practice.

Several other certifications accredited by ANSI under the ISO/IEC 17024 standard require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The requirement follows the findings in the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations’ (INSHPO) The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Professional Capability Framework, a consensus-based document developed from an international analysis of data from national professional associations and certification bodies and a key item in the Singapore Accord.

The Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) certification’s requirements will not change. Any person who applied, or will apply, for the CSP with an associate degree before July 2, 2018, and is found eligible for the CSP examination will have several options to comply with the change in the education requirement. These options are open through December 31, 2020.

It is BCSP’s goal to ensure all certified professionals meet professional standards. Email notifications with all options explained have been sent to those affected.

More information on this change can be found on the BCSP website.