National Credential
Credential: Certified Safety Professional (CSP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. Candidates are required to have professional experience that includes safety responsibilities. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. Candidates are required to hold a bachelor's degree in any field. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

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 09L Interpreter/Translator MOS other          
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 12B Combat Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 12D Diver MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12G Quarrying Specialist (RC) MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS other          
Enlisted 12M Firefighter MOS some     Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 12Z Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HiMARS) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 14E Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS some          
Enlisted 14P Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 14T Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS some     Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS other          
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15K Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS other          
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators MOS other          
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 19D Cavalry Scout MOS some          
Enlisted 19K M1 Armor Crewman MOS some          
Enlisted 19Z Armor Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI other          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS some          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 5W Jumpmaster ASI some          
Enlisted 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 6Q Additional Duty Safety NCO ASI some          
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 7D Assignment Oriented Training ASI some          
Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88K Watercraft Operator MOS some          Gap Analysis
Enlisted 88L Watercraft Engineer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88N Transportation Management Coordinator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88U Railway Operations Crewmember (RC) MOS some     Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 88Z Transportation Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 89A Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 89B Ammunition Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 89D Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91B Wheeled Vehicle Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 91C Utilities Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 91D Tactical Power Generation Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 91E Allied Trades Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 91F Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91H Tracked Vehicle Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91J Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91L Construction Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91M Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91P Self Propelled Artillery Systems Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91S Stryker Systems Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 91X Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 91Z Senior Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist MOS most   III      
Enlisted 92R Parachute Rigger MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II      
Enlisted 94A Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94D Air Traffic Control Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94H Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94R Avionic And Survivability Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 94S Patriot System Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted C4 Crane Operator ASI some          
Enlisted K7 Avenger Master Gunner ASI most          
Enlisted L5 Nuclear/Chemical (N/C) Reconnaissance ASI some          
Enlisted L6 Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Reconnaissance ASI some          
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI some          
Enlisted R6 Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member ASI most          
Enlisted T4 Patriot Master Gunner ASI other          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 150U Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152B OH-58A/C Scout Pilot (RC) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152C OH-6 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152D OH-58D Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152E AH-64E Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152F AH-64A Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152H AH-64D Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153A Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153B UH-1 Pilot (RC) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153D UH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153E MH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153L UH-72A Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153M UH-60M Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154C CH-47D Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154E MH-47 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154F CH-47F Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155A Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155E C-12 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155F Jet Aircraft Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155G 0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 880A Marine Deck Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 881A Marine Engineering Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 913A Armament Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 914A Allied Trades Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 915A Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 915E Senior Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer/Senior Ordnance Logistics Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 919A Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 921A Airdrop Systems Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


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.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

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.

Star Credential Star icon

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.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

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: ASP, GSP, TSP, or CIH
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
8645 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN  46268
Phone: 1-317-593-4800
Fax: 1-317-593-4400
Contact Page

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidates must have four years of professional safety experience that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Be the primary function of a position.
  2. The position's primary responsibility must be the prevention of harm to people, property and the environment.
  3. The position must be full time.
  4. The professional safety function must be at least 50% of the position duties.
  5. Duties must be at a professional level, determined by the degree of responsible charge and the ability to defend and reliance by others on analysis and recommendations related to control of hazards.
  6. Have a breadth of duties including hazard recognition, evaluation, and analysis.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

  • Advanced Science and Math (7.4%)
    • Core concepts in anatomy and physiology
    • Core concepts in chemistry (organic and general chemistry)
    • Core concepts in physics
    • Mathematics (e.g., geometry, algebra, trigonometry)
    • Statistics for interpreting data (e.g., mean, median, mode, confidence intervals, probabilities, pare to analysis)
    • Core research methodology concepts
  • Management Systems (19.5%)
    • Benchmarks and performance standards
    • How to measure, analyze, and improve organizational culture
    • Incident investigation techniques
    • Management of change techniques
    • System safety techniques (e.g., root cause, job safety analysis, fault tree analysis)
    • The elements of business continuity and contingency plans
    • Types of leading and lagging safety, health, environmental, and security performance indicators
    • Safety, health, and environmental management and audit systems (e.g., ANSI/AIHA Z10, ISO 14000 series, OHSAS 18000 series, ISO 19011)
    • Applicable requirements for health plans, programs, and policies
    • Applicable requirements for safety plans, programs, and policies
    • Documentation retention or management principles (e.g., incident investigation, training records, exposure records, maintenance records, environmental management system, audit results)
    • Budgeting, finance, and economic analysis techniques and principles (e.g., timelines, budget development, milestones, resourcing, financing risk management options)
    • Management leadership techniques (e.g., Management theories, leadership theories, motivation, discipline, communication styles)
    • Project management concepts and techniques (e.g., RACI charts, project timelines, budgets)
  • Risk Management (10.3%)
    • Analysis required to support risk management options
    • Behavior modification techniques
    • Hazard analysis methods
    • The costs and benefits of risk analysis
    • The risk assessment process
  • Advanced Safety Concepts (22.9%)
    • Administrative controls (e.g., job rotation, chemical substitution)
    • Chemical process safety management (e.g., pressure relief systems, chemical compatibility, management of change, materials of construction, process flow diagrams)
    • Common workplace hazards (e.g., electrical, falls, confined spaces, lockout/tagout, working around water, caught in, struck by, excavation, welding, hot work, cold and heat stress, combustibles, laser, and others)
    • Engineering controls (e.g., ventilation, guarding, isolation)
    • Facility life safety features (e.g., public space safety, floor loading, occupancy loads)
    • Fleet safety principles (e.g., driver and equipment safety, maintenance, surveillance equipment)
    • Hazardous materials management (e.g., labels, storage, and handling)
    • Insurance/risk transfer principles
    • Multi-employer worksite issues (e.g., contractors, temporary or seasonal employees)
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Principles of safety through design or inherently safer designs (e.g., designing out hazards during design phase)
    • Sources of information on hazards and risk management options (e.g., subject matter experts, relevant best practices, published literature, SDS)
    • The safety design criteria for consumer and industrial products (e.g., UL, NFPA, NIOSH)
    • Tools and equipment safety (e.g., hand tools, ladders, grinders, cranes and other mobile equipment, robotics)
    • Unique workplace hazards (e.g., nanoparticles, combustible dust)
  • Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Security (9.1%)
    • Emergency/crisis/disaster response planning (e.g., for nuclear incidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical spills, fires)
    • Fire prevention and protection systems
    • Fire suppression systems
    • Incident (e.g., emergency, crisis, disaster) management
    • The transportation and security of hazardous materials
    • Workplace violence and harassment recognition and prevention techniques
  • Occupational Health and Ergonomics (8%)
    • Basic toxicology principles (e.g., symptoms of an exposure, LD50, mutagens, teratogens)
    • Ergonomics and human factors principles (e.g., visual acuity, body mechanics, patient lifting, vibration, anthropometrics)
    • How to recognize occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, infectious diseases, nanoparticles, indoor air quality)
    • How to evaluate occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, infectious diseases, ventilation, nanoparticles, indoor air quality), including techniques for measurement, sampling, and analysis
    • How to control occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, ventilation, nanoparticles, infectious diseases, indoor air quality)
    • The fundamentals of epidemiology
    • Occupational exposure limits (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat)
  • Environmental Management Systems (6.3%)
    • Environmental protection and pollution prevention methods (e.g., air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, containment)
    • Hazardous waste management practices (e.g., segregation and separation, containment, disposal)
    • How released hazardous materials migrate through the air, surface water, soil, and water table
    • Sustainability principles
  • Training/Education (9.1%)
    • Education and training methods and techniques
    • Training requirements
    • Methods for determining the effectiveness of training programs (e.g., determine if trainees are applying training on the job)
    • Effective presentation techniques
  • Law and Ethics (7.4%)
    • Legal issues (e.g., tort, negligence, civil, criminal, contracts, disability terminology)
    • Protecting confidential information (e.g., privacy, trade secrets)
    • Standards development processes
    • The ethics related to conducting audits
    • The relationship between labor and management
    • BCSP Code of Ethics

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) 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 Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

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

For more information on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CSP recertification is every 5 years and candidate must achieve 25 points through continuing education activities. There are 10 categories of activities, each providing points toward meeting the goal. There is no limit to the number of points in some categories, while other categories have annual and/or total point limits.