If you’re an occupational safety technician, safety officer, safety manager or another expert in the EHS profession, it makes sense to expand your knowledge and increase your skillset regularly. Earning a Licensed Safety Professional Certificate can help you prove that you’re ready to take the next step in your career. Getting your certification through the National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) gives you the added benefit of comprehensive, engaging coursework in preparation for a certification exam. So, you can gain real-world knowledge and distinguish yourself with this professional designation.
If you’re considering becoming a Licensed Safety Professional, we can help you learn more about the responsibilities and prepare you with our unique approach to continuing education and certification for safety professionals.
What Is a Licensed Safety Professional?
Occupational Safety and Health professionals are in charge of implementing risk controls and processes that keep workers safe and healthy. They provide advice, support and hazard analysis across an organization. They are in charge of designing, implementing and maintaining enterprise or facility-wide safety programs. Typically, they lead a staff of safety technicians to do the same. At the National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP), the Licensed Safety Professional is the highest designation we grant.
Professionals with an LSP Certification can oversee many safety operations within a company. Safety is at the center of everything they do. They spend at least half of their day-to-day activities dedicated to workplace safety. As a Licensed Safety Professional, you might have many responsibilities, including:
- Developing exceptional techniques for workplace safety management.
- Performing as a safety manager, expert and administrator.
- Employing training methods that alter the ways in which your employees perform their work duties.
- Avoiding criminal and civil liability for injuries and accidents.
- Determining proper application and interpretation of OSHA regulations.
- Establishing acceptable documentation and analysis of hazards in the workplace.
- Managing workplace safety audits and inspections.
- Investigating, analyzing and documenting root cause analysis and workplace accidents.
- Creating and maintaining an effective culture of safety using cutting-edge techniques for behavior modification.
- Developing, implementing and managing safety programs to save your company revenue.
- Understanding and following the requirements for workplace safety EPA guidelines, OSHA compliance and relevant DOT regulations.
- Managing hazardous materials.
- Using techniques to avoid workplace violence.
- Developing a response to emergencies and implementing a management program in case of emergencies.
- Maintaining an all-encompassing comprehension of safety in the workplace and how to manage it, with a concentration on Behavior-Based Safety.
How to Become a Licensed Safety Professional
Becoming a safety professional capable of developing and managing a facility or corporate-wide safety program will likely require education and previous job experience. You should have demonstrated mastery of many areas of workplace safety, including:
- Evidence-based practices.
- Professional communication and an ability to lead safety training.
- Hazard analysis and risk management.
- Safety incident and near-miss data analysis.
- Leadership and an ability to supervise safety professionals.
Most Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professional positions require four-year Bachelor’s degrees. Since the role involves managing, supervising, and training other employees, a significant amount of related work experience with on-the-job training is usually expected.
When it comes to earning the Licensed Safety Professional certification, the NASP coursework offers a standalone certification. As the highest certification we offer, the license incorporates the requirements for all the certifications below it. NASP/IASP’s designations have been created to be achieved in a step-by-step process in which each level you achieve is a step toward the next level. You can buy the highest level of certification, which will include the building blocks below it. If you have begun at a lower level and are now attempting to acquire a higher certification, please contact us for special pricing.
The course is designed for you to learn at your own pace with access to the course for six months. On average, students can complete it in around 328 hours. You must earn at least 80% on the final exams to receive certification, and you can attempt each exam twice. Also, a refresher exam and course is required every three years.
Benefits of Being a Licensed Safety Professional
Receiving your LSP certification offers a sense of accomplishment and extensive knowledge of all areas you’re responsible for. Your license can unlock many opportunities and concrete benefits, including:
- OSHA compliance: One reason many seek an LSP certification is to understand and apply the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards. Let’s face it — government regulations are dry and filled with industry jargon. The NASP coursework breaks down the complicated language, and the certificate shows that you understand it. Often, OSHA and other government agencies look for certifications to verify your mastery of regulations as a safety professional and instructor for your workplace.
- Practical skills and knowledge: Receiving a license as a safety professional through NASP means completing hundreds of hours of coursework. Our thorough, engaging course material helps you retain knowledge and presents procedures you can implement in your workplace. Armed with your LSP certification, you’ll save your company money by preventing hazards and keeping your workplace safe.
- Professional development: Participating in continuing education related to your profession has many benefits. It demonstrates to your employer that you can take on challenges and are dedicated to improving yourself and your workplace. Your team can see that you’re committed to providing real health and safety for your workplace rather than merely meeting the bare minimum that OSHA requires.
- Career advancements: As our highest certification track, the LSP certification shows you can lead company-wide safety initiatives and develop a comprehensive health and safety program. It also certifies your ability to supervise and lead others in your company’s OSH department. This certification can help you prove you’re ready for upper-level management responsibilities. Further, employers often look for certifications as a standardized way to verify skills. The Human Resources (HR) department usually knows little about what it takes to be a licensed safety professional. A certification helps them know you’re qualified when applying for new positions. In general, those with licenses like the NASP LSP certification have higher salaries than those without.
- Training capabilities: A central responsibility of the occupational safety and health officers is training others to follow safety precautions and emergency procedures. Our LSP coursework and certification’s emphasis on Behavior Based Safety (BBS) allows you to master these techniques, so you can teach your entire staff how to prevent harm to themselves and their coworkers.
- Third-party verification: NASP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). We offer 24.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the successful completion of the LSP course. As an internationally recognized source of training and certifications, we can provide you with independent evidence of your expertise as a safety professional.
Topics Covered in Our Licensed Safety Professional Course
NASP’s licensed safety professional training covers an exhaustive course list and includes materials to help you learn about all the areas a safety officer might be charged with. As the highest designation granted by NASP, the LSP course covers 20 learning topics from across the safety profession, including:
- 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)
- Confined Space Entry Specialist (CSS)
- Personal Protective Equipment Specialist (PES)
- Fire Prevention Specialist (FPS)
- Electrical Safety Specialist (ESS)
- Machine Guarding Specialist (MGS)
- Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Specialist (WWS)
- Workplace Ergonomics Specialist (WES)
- Workplace Violence Prevention Specialist (VPS)
- OSHA Record-keeping Specialist (ORS)
Becoming a licensed safety professional is simple with NAPS’ online courses. Completing each course and passing the final exams will earn you an LSP certification. Our coursework is written by and for safety professionals and uses interactive and dynamic instruction to help you retain the information. You’ll learn through videos, activities, review games and external materials with practical advice and procedures. After you receive certification, you’ll be able to apply your new skills throughout your career.
Sign up for Training Today
Becoming a NASP Licensed Safety Professional will take many hours of study and hard work. However, at the end of the process, you’ll have the skills and third-party verification you need to advance your career. If you’re ready to start this comprehensive training and certification process, sign up for our Licensed Safety Professional Certification Course today.
Upgrading to a Licensed Safety Professional (LSP)
When upgrading from a Certified Safety Manager (CSM) or Certified Safety Director (CSD), our system will automatically calculate your upgrade pricing. If, however, it does not, you may contact us by email or phone at 1-800-922-2219 to receive the special pricing.
- Upgrade from a Certified Safety Manager (CSM) for $4,200.00.
- Upgrade from a Certified Safety Director (CSD) for $2,100.00.
The student will take a comprehensive online exam for each specialization 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 $595.00.