National Credential
Credential: Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM)
Credentialing Agency: World Safety Organization (WSO)

Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM) is a mid-level credentias for a safety practitioner who accomplishes the supervision and management work of safety activities at the middle manager's level. Candidate must be able to enforce policies and safety programs, supervise training, and occasionally perform functions of a technical nature in the safety field. Candidate must have responsibility for the coordination of safety programs with all elements of an organization in order to secure the most effective results through and with other people. Must also have adequate knowledge and expertise in both management and safety to accomplish his/her mission. Candidate must pass a written examination.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM)

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 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12B Combat Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12Z Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS other          
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS other          
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS other          
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 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 35X Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35Y Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35Z Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief MOS other          
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 89B Ammunition Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted K7 Avenger Master Gunner ASI some          
Enlisted L5 Nuclear/Chemical (N/C) Reconnaissance ASI other          
Enlisted L6 Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Reconnaissance ASI other          
Enlisted T4 Patriot Master Gunner ASI some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 151A Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated) WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition 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.

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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 Safety Manager (WSO-CSM)

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: 10 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

World Safety Organization (WSO)
106 W. Young Ave. Suite F
PO Box 518
Warrensburg, MO  64093
Phone: (660) 747-3132
Fax: (660) 747-2647

Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM)

Candidate must have at least ten years of professional safety experience, and or a combination of education and experience to equal 10 years (see below for education equivalents).

  • Bachelor's degree is equivalent to 4 years of the experience requirements. The degree should be in safety, i.e., physical sciences, engineering, safety management, security, or other curricula acceptable to the WSO Certification Board.
  • A Master's degree acceptable to the WSO Certification Board may be recognized as equivalent to two additional years of professional safety work.
  • A Doctorate degree, acceptable to the WSO Certification Board, may be recognized as equivalent to three additional years of safety experience.
  • Relevant professional licensing, certification or registration may be recognized by the WSO Certification Board as equivalent for up to two years of professional experience.

The Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must have two "Candidate Evaluations" from individuals familiar with the applicants safety experience and a current resume must be submitted to the WSO Certification Board.

Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM)

  • Safety and Loss Control
  • Risk Management
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Safety Law and Legislation
  • Professional Ethics
  • Management Science

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Safety Manager (WSO-CSM) 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.

World Safety Organization testing can be provided at your local command by your supervisor.  Please contact World Safety Organization for further details.

Phone: (660) 747-3132 /