The National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) Certification “Certified Safety Director” (CSD) indicates a high level of proficiency and is one of the top certifications in the industry. Certified Safety Director status signals a level of skill expected of a safety professional capable of developing and managing a comprehensive facility-wide or corporate safety program.
Our training allows you to achieve this status and learn the skills of a certified director of safety.
Topics Covered in Our Certified Director of Safety Training
Our Certified Safety Director certification level is the step above Certified Safety Manager (CSM) in our progression path. If you have not yet earned the CSM certification, your CSD training will begin with the CSM coursework. Those foundational safety topics include:
- Understanding Workplace Safety (UWS)
- How to Navigate the Learning Management System
- Training Methodology (TM)
- Chemical Terms & Concepts and HAZCOM
- Confined Space Entry
- HAZWOPER Awareness
- Lockout Tagout
- Machine Guarding
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Fire and Egress
- Workplace Ergonomics
- Workplace Violence
- Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection
- Electrical Safety
- Bloodborne Pathogens
When upgrading from your CSM certificate, you can access our special course pricing of $2,400. Our system should automatically calculate your upgraded pricing. If it does not, you may contact us, email [email protected] or call 1-800-922-2219 to receive the special pricing.
Once you have completed the CSM certification, you will study 11 more units to earn the CSD certification. These advanced safety topics include:
- Understanding Workplace Safety (UWS)
- Training Methodology (TM)
- Job Hazard Analysis Specialist (JHA)
- Incident Investigation Specialist (IIS)
- Behavior-Based Safety Specialist (BBS)
- Emergency Management Specialist (SEM)
- Hazard Communication Specialist (HCS)
- HAZWOPER Specialist (HZS)
- Lockout Tagout Specialist (LTS)
- Environmental Specialist (ENS)
- Trenching and Excavation Specialist (TES)
Benefits of Certified Director of Safety Designation
Getting certified as a director of safety offers many unique advantages to Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals, including:
1. Improve Your Safety Leadership and Skills
NASP covers all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations alongside those mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). We also dive deeper to create a genuine safety culture at your workplace.
As a leader, you’ll strengthen your training skills. You’ll learn to garner employee involvement and management buy-in for safety policies and procedures. You’ll also gain hard skills for job hazard analysis, incident investigation, emergency management, and many other duties.
2. Advance Your Career
A certified director of safety certification opens many pathways in your career. A reputable, third-party certification like NASP’s can prove your capability and help your resume stand out. Human Resources departments often don’t have backgrounds in the technical safety roles and can use certification to check your competency.
If you want to climb the ladder, certification shows you can achieve the best results for your company. As an accredited issuer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Continuing Education Units (CEUs), we offer recognizable value to employers. Our professional development training incorporates the latest safety regulations and current best practices. Throughout your studies, we act as an excellent, digestible resource to help you stay up to date with the industry.
By showing your employers you go above and beyond to maintain knowledge in your trade, you can earn higher salaries and promotions. By applying your newfound skills and techniques, you can offer your company tangible benefits to help you grow your career.
3. Boost Your Company’s Safety Performance
Our safety director training and certification leave you with a complete toolkit to improve your company’s safety. Many of our learning objectives correlate directly with safety performance metrics. Consider how an advanced understanding of safety issues and methods can help your company:
- Improved company training can help employees follow procedures and make safety behaviors second nature.
- Correct application of legal requirements can reduce accidents and ensuing legal claims.
- Thorough hazard analysis can uncover and remove the most dangerous workplace risks.
- Responsible handling of hazardous materials reduces health threats and the risk of emergencies.
- A thriving workplace safety culture decreases accidents and increases employee retention.
- Regular safety inspections lower unscheduled downtime related to equipment malfunctions and safety incidents.
4. Save Your Company Money
Many indicators of a high-performing safety program will also help you save money. Improving workplace safety can impact:
- Employee retention, saving on recruitment and training costs.
- Liability for workplace incidents, reducing expenses associated with lawsuits.
- The number of injuries, decreasing workers’ compensation claims.
- The number of lost workdays and unscheduled downtime, boosting productivity.
What Can You Do as a Certified Director of Safety?
A safety director has various roles and duties. First, they create business-wide safety policies to reduce hazards. They must also report to shareholders and board members, design safety procedures and make decisions on safety equipment. They often have a leadership role within an organization and may enlist junior safety professionals to assist them.
Many safety directors work in the public sector for state and federal governments, ensuring they follow their own laws and even proposing changes to these laws. In the private sector, 16% of safety directors work in manufacturing. The construction industry employs 7% of safety directors, while professional and technical services employ another 10%. Many safety directors with an engineering background can use their capabilities to develop new safety equipment to prevent accidents.
Certification as a safety director can prove your competency in all your regular duties. Our Certified Safety Director Certification Course will allow you to:
- Develop advanced workplace safety management techniques.
- Discover a brand-new perspective of safety that will empower you.
- Perform as a safety expert, manager and administrator.
- Learn training methodologies that change the way your employees work.
- Avoid civil and criminal liability for accidents and injuries.
- Determine proper interpretation and application of OSHA regulations.
- Establish acceptable analysis and documentation of workplace hazards.
- Manage workplace safety inspections and audits.
- Investigate, analyze and document workplace accidents and root cause analysis.
- Create and manage a successful safety culture using the latest behavior modification techniques.
- Develop, implement and manage your own safety programs, saving your company money.
- Learn requirements for OSHA compliance, workplace-safety-related EPA guidelines and relevant DOT regulations.
- Manage hazardous materials.
- Learn techniques to prevent workplace violence.
- Develop a proper response to emergencies and implement an emergency management program.
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of what workplace safety is and how to manage it effectively at your facility, emphasizing how to gain management commitment and employee involvement.
Certification and Recertification Requirements for Certified Safety Directors
All NASP certifications are stand-alone certifications. However, NASP’s designations can be achieved in a step-by-step building block process where each level completed is a step toward the next higher level. You may purchase the highest level certification, and it will encompass the building blocks below it. If you have started at a lower level and are now trying to work toward a higher certification, please contact us for special pricing. Obtaining the CSD requires successful completion of the CSM plus nine additional areas of specialization.
The student will take a comprehensive online exam for each specialization course. The required amount of time to complete the course depends upon your knowledge of workplace safety, and we find that the average completion time is approximately 184 hours. You have up to six months to complete the course.
You must score 80% to receive certification. You have two opportunities to pass each exam.
A refresher course and exam will be required every three years. The cost of this recertification is $495.
Qualify Yourself for ANSI Accredited CSD Exam
Recently, NASP has taken our CSD course to a whole new level. The CSD Course acts as an excellent study for our soon-to-be ANSI 17024 Accredited CSD Exam. This 150-question, multiple-choice, closed-book is third-party proctored and is designed for Safety Professionals that wish to increase the credential-building qualities of the CSD Course. It is not required but highly recommended. For further details on the specifics and to see if you qualify, click here now.
Become a Certified Director of Safety With NASP’s Online Course
At NASP, we make safety easy to understand and cover even the most advanced safety topics in an engaging, straightforward way. We comb through OSHA and other industry regulations to translate them into plain English, so you don’t have to. We also exceed those minimum requirements for a versatile approach to safety. As a service by and for safety professionals, NASP has the resources you need to create a robust safety culture. Start delivering lasting improvements for your organization with your new skills and expertise.
We deliver training in a dynamic, multimedia environment. Improve your retention with our innovative combination of videos, activities, review games and expert research. Our in-depth content covers practical approaches to workplace safety. At the end of our training, you’ll receive a nationally and internationally recognized certificate to prove your capabilities as a director of safety.
If you’re ready to start, sign up for NASP’s certified director of safety training today.