When we launched our new LMS (Learning Management System) platform earlier this year, we were excited and loved all of the positive comments regarding the new look and dynamic approach to our online safety courses.  However, some of the feedback was not exactly what I expected – and it allows me to make a point to all of our students, prospective students and members throughout the world.

Some of the individuals who were taking the courses were not happy that they could not simply click through the material, go straight to the test and take it.  They were not interested in reading the content; they simply wished to take the test.  I want to make this point, and, to be very clear, our certifications are not an exam – they are a course that you must take that INCLUDES an exam to show competence.  There are other organizations that provide exams only, but NASP/IASP is not one of them.  We are a company that specializes in continuing education for safety and environmental professionals.

Honestly, I do not understand why one would want to invest money in a course and not wish to read the material that is provided.  I’ve been in safety for almost 30 years, and I am constantly learning new things.  Even if the material is nothing more than a thorough review, it is ideal to reinforce this information even for a seasoned professional.  My point is this: if you purchase a course from us, you must view each page.  We cannot force you to read it, but it is in your best interest to do so. It would be difficult, at best, to pass the test without doing so, and besides, you are missing such a great opportunity to keep yourself educated and up-to-date on the various regulations and standards affecting our industry.

If you are old school (like me), perhaps the classroom version of the CSM is a better option. Our last CSM Classroom Course for 2018 will be in New Orleans on October 1-5.

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Eric Gislason

Eric Gislason is the CEO and Executive Director of NASP. He is also one of the principal trainers, specializing in OSHA compliance and development of workplace safety culture. Eric has over 33 years of experience in the EHS field, having trained individuals from across the spectrum on OSHA/EPA compliance including manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, warehousing, healthcare, and retail.
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