National Credential
Credential: Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)
Credentialing Agency: International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM)

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM), Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM) focuses on the importance that safety engineering, effective management practices, and system methods can improve the field of product safety. The CPSM stresses the importance of identifying, evaluating hazards, and reducing risks involving development, manufacture, distribution, and maintenance of products of all types during their total life cycle. Candidates can qualify for the CPSM certification on a professional or an associate level. Professional level candidates must have eight (8) years of education and experience combined with at least three (3) years of relevant experience; or the candidate must hold a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline and provide documentation for at least two (2) years of relevant experience. Associate level candidates must document four years of education and experience combined with at least one year of relevant experience. Candidates are required to take and pass a written examination.

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 5W Jumpmaster ASI other          
Warrant Officer 881A Marine Engineering Officer WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

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

International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM)
173 Tucker Road
Suite 101
Helena, AL  35080
Phone: (205) 664-8412
Fax: (205) 663-9541

Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)

Professional Level:

  • Candidate must have any combination of relevant experience and college education to equal eight (8) years. Candidate must document at least three (3) years of relevant experience. Each 30 semester hours of college credit earned can be substituted for one year of experience for a maximum of three years.


  • Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree or a Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline along with documentation of at least two (2) years of relevant experience.

Associate Level:

  • Candidate must have at least four (4) years of relevant experience and education combined with at least one (1) year of verifiable experience unless candidate has a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline.

Note: Associate level members may upgrade to the professional level when meeting published requirements. Associate level members are not required to re-take the examination to upgrade. Those desiring to upgrade must send written request to the Board and pay the current upgrade fee.

Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)

  • Product Safety Management Concepts (46%)
    • Accident costs
    • Centralized safety
    • Concept of strict liability
    • Consumer product certification
    • Consumer product hazard control
    • Consumer product negligence
    • Consumer product risk regulation
    • Defective product liability
    • Defective product litigation
    • Defend and indemnify liability cases
    • Disclaimers
    • Employee product safety training
    • Flammability risks
    • Food safety hazard control
    • Food safety risks
    • Hazard and danger warnings
    • Hazardous materials
    • History of product safety
    • Human behavior and motivational issues
    • Ignoring product safety procedures
    • Improving organizational stewardship
    • Independent safety reviews
    • Industrial accident generation
    • In Legal negligence
    • Management safety commitment
    • Management functions
    • Injury due to negligence
    • Negating a warranty
    • Preventing product adverse events
    • Potential product liability
    • Product instructional information
    • Product liability
    • Product liability claims
    • Product liability risks
    • Product liability coverage
    • Product safety literature
    • Product manufacturer liability
    • Product promotional campaigns
    • Product recall information
    • Product records and control
    • Product review processes
    • Product risk management
    • Product and safety audits
    • Product safety audits
    • Product safety information
    • Product safety intervention
    • Product safety legal theories
    • Product safety management functions
    • Product safety manager roles
    • Product safety management responsibilities
    • Product safety litigation
    • Product safety responsibilities
    • Reasonably safe products
    • Product warranty
    • Recall direct costs
    • Records documentation
    • Records retention
    • Safety behaviors
    • Safety committee
    • Safety hazard evaluation
    • Safety training
    • Strict liability injury claims
    • Voluntary recalls
    • Warranty statements
  • Product Development Systems and Methods (31%)
    • Assessing hazard severity
    • Audit and inspection process
    • Basic elements of product design
    • Benefit analysis
    • Compliant safety system
    • Conditional product related events
    • Consumer product analysis
    • Controlling production hazards
    • Cost effectiveness analysis
    • Ensuring design of safe products
    • Evaluating existing product hazards
    • Field disassembly or reassembly
    • Flowcharting benefits
    • Hazard Analysis
    • Hazard analysis of complex systems
    • Human factors
    • Human factors and ergonomics hazards
    • Medical product risks
    • Modifications to existing products
    • Potential user behaviors
    • Preventing hazardous products from reaching consumers
    • Product design
    • Product design review
    • Product failure assessment
    • Product field reports
    • Product hazard analysis
    • Product manufacturing processes
    • Product production sequence
    • Product quality control functions
    • Product safety assessment
    • Product safety evaluation method
    • Product safety hazard categories
    • Product sampling plan
    • Product specification limits
    • Product testing criteria
    • Risk and hazard severity assessments
    • Safe design objectives
    • Substantially equivalent definitions
    • System safety science
    • System safety applications
    • System safety methodologies
    • System safety precedence
    • System safety process analysis
  • Compliance Regulations and Standards (23%)
    • Code of federal regulations
    • Consumer product safety compliance
    • Consumer product safety standards
    • CPSC enforcement standards
    • Defective product reporting standards
    • Federal agency responsibilities
    • Federal compliance standards
    • Good reporting procedures
    • Import product safety
    • Laws related to sale of goods or products
    • Manufacturer duty to warn
    • Medical device regulations
    • Medical equipment regulation
    • Product complaint investigations
    • Product safety compliance
    • Product safety legislation
    • Product safety signs
    • Product safety warnings
    • Product warning label
    • Product warnings and cautions
    • Radiation compliance standards
    • Regulator jurisdiction
    • Regulatory responsibility
    • Reporting consumer product injuries
    • Safety and hazard warnings
    • Standards enforcement
    • System safety process risks
    • Voluntary agency standards
    • Voluntary product safety codes
    • Voluntary safety standards

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM) examination:

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

Testing for this credential is handled by TesTrac. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the TesTrac website:

For more information on the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Product Safety Manager (CPSM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CPSM certification is renewable every five years requiring completion and documentation of a total of 50 CEUs or 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually. Certification holders must also submit evidence of 1,500 hours of professional practice in the scope or field of certification annually, or 7,500 hours every five years. A recertification fee must also be paid. 

    Additional information on CPSM recertification may be found on the agency website.