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Professional board requires new minimum education level for CSPs

Beginning July 2, 2018, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree

Posted April 12, 2018

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) announced a major change to the required prerequisites for applicants to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Beginning on July 2, 2018, those who wish to become a CSP must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

BCSP says most other certifications under ANSI 17024 already require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The Board based its new requirement on findings published in an International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations’ document developed from an analysis of data from national professional groups and certification bodies.

Anyone who applied for the CSP with an associate degree before July 2, 2018, must meet the new requirement by December 31, 2020. BCSP will allow these applicants to submit proof of having obtained a bachelor’s degree or to demonstrate they possess an acceptable level of professional knowledge.

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