Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)


Credential: Associate Safety Professional (ASP)  In-Demand resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

8645 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN  46268

Phone: 1-317-593-4800

Fax: 1-317-593-4400
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Candidate must have a minimum of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in any field, or an Associate’s in safety, health, or the environment, or a closely related field.

Candidate must have one-year of safety experience where safety is at least 50%, preventative, professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties.

The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Advanced Sciences and Math
    • General chemistry concepts (e.g., nomenclature, balancing chemical equations, chemical reactions, ideal gas law, and pH)
    • Electrical principles (e.g., Ohms law, power, impedance, energy, resistance, and circuits)
    • Principles of radioactivity (e.g., radioactive decay, half-life, source strength, concentration, and inverse square law)
    • Storage capacity calculations
    • Rigging and load calculations
    • Ventilation and system design
    • Noise hazards
    • Climate and environmental conditions (e.g., Wet-bulb Globe Temperature [WBGT], wind chill, and heat stress)
    • Fall protection calculations
    • General physics concepts (e.g., force, acceleration, velocity, momentum, and friction)
    • Financial principles (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, cost of risk, life cycle cost, return on investment, and effects of losses)
    • Descriptive statistics (e.g., central tendency, variability, and probability)
    • Lagging indicators (e.g., incidence rates, lost time, and direct costs of incidents)
    • Leading indicators (e.g., inspection frequency, safety interventions, employee performance evaluations, training frequency, near miss, near hit, and close-call reporting)
  • Safety Management Systems
    • Hierarchy of hazard controls
    • Risk transfer (e.g., insurance and outsourcing – such as incident management or subcontracting)
    • Management of change
    • Hazard and risk analysis methods (e.g., preliminary hazard analysis, subsystem hazard analysis, hazard and operability analysis, failure mode and effects analysis, fault tree analysis, fishbone, what-if and checklist analysis, change analysis, energy trace and barrier [ETBS] analysis, and systematic cause analysis technique [SCAT])
    • Process safety management
    • Fleet safety principles (e.g., driver behavior, defensive driving, distracted driving, fatigue, and vehicle safety features)
    • Hazard Communication and Globally Harmonized System
    • Control of hazardous energy (e.g., lockout/tagout)
    • Excavation, trenching, and shoring
    • Confined space
    • Physical security
    • Fall protection
    • Machine guarding
    • Powered industrial vehicles (e.g., trucks, forklifts, and cranes)
    • Scaffolding
  • Ergonomics
    • Fitness for duty (e.g., fatigue and mental health)
    • Stressors (e.g., environmental, lights, noise, and other conditions)
    • Risk factors (e.g., repetition, force, posture, and vibration)
    • Work design
    • Material handling (e.g., manual, powered equipment, and lifting devices)
    • Work practice controls (e.g., job rotation, work hardening, and early symptom intervention)
  • Fire Prevention and Protection
    • Chemical (e.g., flash point and auto ignition)
    • Electrical (e.g., static electricity, surge, arc flash, ground fault circuit interrupter, and grounding and bonding)
    • Hot work (e.g., welding, cutting, and brazing)
    • Combustible dust
    • Fire science (e.g., fire pentagon, fire tetrahedron, upper and lower explosive limits)
    • Detection systems
    • Suppression systems, fire extinguishers, sprinkler types
    • Segregation and separation (e.g., flammable materials storage and ventilation)
    • Housekeeping
  • Emergency Response Management (ERM)
    • Emergency, crisis, disaster response planning (e.g., drills)
    • Workplace violence (e.g., shooting, bomb threat, vandalism, and verbal threats)
  • Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health
    • Sources of biological hazards (e.g., viral, bacterial, parasitic, fungus, and mold)
    • Protocol for bloodborne pathogen control
    • Mutagens, teratogens, and carcinogens
    • Chemical hazards (e.g., sources, assessment, control strategies, symptoms, and target organs)
    • Exposure limits (e.g., Threshold Limit Value [TLV], Short-term exposure limits [STEL], Time-Weighted Average [TWA], Ceiling Limit, Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health [IDLH], and Action Level [AL])
    • Routes of entry (e.g., inhalation, ingestion, absorption, and injection)
    • Acute and chronic exposures (e.g., additive effect, synergistic effect, antagonistic effect, and potentiation effect)
    • Noise
    • Radiation
    • Heat and cold stress
  • Environmental Management
    • Environmental hazards awareness (e.g., biological [mold], chemical, waste, and vermin)
    • Water (e.g., storm, waste, and best practices)
    • Air (e.g., quality and best practices)
    • Land and conservation (e.g., solid waste, recycling, and sustainability)
    • Hierarchy of conservation (e.g., reuse, recycle, and reduce)
    • Environmental management system standards
    • Waste removal, treatment, and disposal
  • Training, Education, and Communication
    • Adult learning theory and techniques
    • Presentation tools (e.g., computer-based and group meeting)
    • Safety culture/climate
    • Data collection, needs analysis, gap analysis, and feedback
    • Assessing competency
  • Law and Ethics
    • Legal liability
    • Ethical behavior (e.g., professional practice, audits, record keeping, sampling, standard writing, and BCSP Code of Ethics)
    • Protection of worker privacy (e.g., information)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Renewal occurs every five years (one cycle). During this time, certification holders must earn 25 points. There are 11 categories of activities, each providing points toward meeting that goal. There is no limit to the number of points in some categories, while other categories have annual and/or total point limits.

    Additional information may be found in the BCSP Recertification Guide


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