This Safety Manager Certification indicates to employers, potential employers, regulatory agencies and the courts that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to a level of proficiency expected of a safety leader. It shows you are capable of working with little or no supervision while managing the safety programs, policies and procedures common to business and industry.
How to Become a Certified Safety Manager
Safety Managers typically have a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety. They also have career experience in a health and safety role, generally at least five years. At the more senior levels, you may even need a master’s degree. Entry-level health and safety positions can give you some of the skills you need to recognize hazards, conduct safety tests, inspect workspaces and understand laws.
As with any other management role, you need the ability to work without supervision. As a safety professional, you’ll handle the safety programs, procedures and policies for a business. It’s usually helpful to have a certification to show your capabilities.
To get a certification for your knowledge and earn the designation of Certified Safety Manager (CSM), you’ll need to take a training course and pass a test. The National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) offers an approximately 40-hour course. You’ll have up to six months to complete the training.
The Certified Safety Manager is our foundational course and is the first step in beginning your professional level certifications. While you need no prerequisites to take the course, you will likely draw on your previous knowledge and experience with workplace safety. You’ll build upon your CSM certification if you choose to certify at a higher level later on in your NASP training.
As part of the course, you will take a comprehensive online exam. You must score 80% to receive certification and will have two opportunities to pass each exam. A refresher course and exam will be required every three years. The cost of this recertification is $395.
Certified Safety Manager Course Objectives
Our Certified Safety Manager Certification will allow you to do the following:
- Maintain your knowledge of primary workplace safety topics and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
- Qualify yourself as a safety expert and manager.
- Learn training methodologies that change the way your employees work.
- Save money by developing your own safety programs.
- 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 perform root cause analysis.
- Create and manage a successful safety culture using the latest behavior modification techniques.
Topics Covered in NASP’s Certified Safety Manager Course
This course will provide the tools necessary to implement proper safety training and an effective safety program. You will learn how to understand and interpret regulations, avoid civil and criminal liability, increase worker morale, reduce workers’ compensation rates and, most importantly, reduce or eliminate injuries in the workplace.
This course covers all the duties a safety manager might undertake and includes 16 specific topics. You will study and test your knowledge of:
- Understanding Workplace Safety
- How to Navigate the Learning Management System
- Training Methodology
- 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
You can take this training online at your own pace. This course is also offered in a classroom-style format. It’s geared towards general industry, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and any workplace looking to exceed OSHA regulations. For construction managers, we offer a specialized Certified Safety Manager course with a construction concentration.
Benefits of a Safety Manager Certification
Completing your Certified Safety Manager training and certification offers many advantages. Doing so can allow you to achieve:
If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, a certification can help. Employers often require safety certifications. Even when certifications aren’t required, they give candidates who possess them an edge. When you’re applying for a role at a company that hasn’t worked with you before, certification can show potential employers and HR departments that you have the necessary skills.
NASP has gained worldwide recognition for our comprehensive training and certifications. By choosing to certify with NASP, you can prove your skills through an independent certifying body. Many health and safety professionals use an NASP certification to prove themselves to employers and to increase credibility with the employees they train. Further, certification can also help you qualify as an expert witness in any safety-related court cases.
A commitment to professional development demonstrates an eagerness to learn. An improvement-minded outlook can help you climb the ladder at your current company. NASP’s courses are accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The CSM course offers four Continuing Education Units, which can help you maintain your credentials. Professional development can also provide a competitive advantage to your employer by allowing you to stay nimble in your field and current with regulations and best practices.
Authorization to Train Employees
One of the most important jobs of a safety manager is to act as a resource and instructor for the rest of the company. NASP credentials can boost the value of your training efforts and increase your authority with students. As part of your CSM certification training, you will learn some of the most effective training methods to help your employees learn and remember safety skills and procedures. OSHA often looks for certifications to evaluate the competence of workplace safety trainers.
Earning your NASP CSM certification will qualify you to issue NASP diplomas or pocket cards for certain courses, so your employees can prove their completion of safety training. Once certified, you may advertise yourself as an NASP Certified Trainer for any safety course you teach.
When issuing an NASP certificate or diploma, you may teach these NASP courses:
- Safety Awareness Topics
- NASP 10 hour Course for General Industry
- NASP 30 hour Course for General Industry
- NASP 10 hour Course for Construction
- NASP 30 hour Course for Construction
- Occupational Safety and Health Diploma – any six of our Awareness Topics
- Occupational Safety and Health Advanced Diploma – any 12 of our Awareness Topics
- Occupational Safety and Health Supervisor Diploma – any 18 of our Awareness Topics
Note: If a CSM wishes to issue NASP/IASP Certificates and Cards, there will be a processing fee for each student taking a course. Click visit the Trainer’s Resource page for details of the pricing structure.
Workplace Safety Culture
The NASP coursework and certification process goes beyond the OSHA requirements. We want to emphasize knowledge retention and proven skills that increase safety in the workplace. When taken as a whole, the topics covered in our training will help you build a culture of safety. As a result, your company can do more than comply with standards and avoid OSHA citations and lawsuits. Informed by NASP’s training, you can turn safety into a competitive advantage for your company, creating a healthier work environment.
The CSM certification is the foundational building block in a progression path of NASP certifications, with the highest being the Licensed Safety Professional (LSP). At the top tier of licensure, all students will have completed the CSM coursework and many other specializations. If you complete your LSP certification, you will have spent approximately 242 hours mastering many aspects of workplace safety. Completing your CSM certification now takes about 40 hours out of that time. Your certification can allow you to receive special rates on the upper-level courses if you advance beyond the CSM level.
Sign up for a Certified Safety Manager Training Course Online
NASP’s Certified Safety Manager training is dynamic, adult-focused instruction for safety professionals. When you study with NASP, the knowledge and skills you gain will stick with you. We ensure this through a combination of impactful videos, useful activities, challenging review games and reliable source materials. We help you understand OSHA and other government regulations by cutting out the jargon and go beyond the bare minimum to help you achieve tangible and valuable safety improvements for your company.
If you complete our training and pass the exams, you’ll earn a meaningful certification you can carry with you as you rise through the ranks and from employer to employer. Sign up for our Certified Safety Manager course today.
All NASP certifications are stand-alone certifications. However, NASP’s designations are designed to be achieved in a step by step building block process where each level achieved is a step toward the next higher level. You may purchase the highest level certification, and it will encompass the building blocks below it. The Certified Safety Manager is our foundational course and is the first step in beginning your professional level certifications.
The student will take a comprehensive online exam for this 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 (3) years. The cost of this recertification is $395.