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Certification

The purposes of Certified Safety Director (CSD) and Master Safety Professional (MSP) programs are to establish international standards for certification in the workplace safety profession, to provide recognition of qualified individuals, and to afford a guarantee to employers that certified personnel have attained stated education and experience qualifications.

NASP Certification Board

The primary purpose of the NASP Certification Board, the credentialing arm of the National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP), is to provide workplace safety professionals a certification program to assist them in carrying out their safety-related functions with confidence and proven competence. This is achieved by pursuing the CSD and MSP accredited certification programs under ISO/IEC Standard 17024: Conformity Assessment—General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons, as administered in the U.S. by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

These pilot examinations of the CSD and MSP certifications assist in developing and evaluating the certification program which will lead to accreditation through ANSI.

The certification defines the competency requirements of workplace safety professionals. Individuals who earn the CSD and MSP have demonstrated their knowledge and competency in the area of workplace safety and are dedicated to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice.  To earn either certification requires individuals to pass a rigorous exam, meet the recertification requirements and uphold the Certification Board Code of Ethics.

Statement of Impartiality

The Certification Board and staff understand the importance of impartiality and conflicts in the management of certification activities. When undertaking dealings with members and non-members, all involved in the certification process will maintain a high level of ethical conduct and avoid conflicts of interest in connection with the performance of their duties. There shall be an avoidance of any actions and/or commitments that might create the appearance of impartiality to:

  • Candidates
  • Demographics
  • Finances
  • Commercial Interests

The Board and staff monitor all potential threats to its impartiality and documents all actions.

Pilot Exams

The NASP Certification Board pilot exams for the CSD and MSP certifications are the next step in the accreditation process.  Workplace safety professionals completing and passing the pilot exams will have earned their accredited certification following ANSI’s approval of the NASP Certification Board certification program.

To first qualify to take the pilot examinations, you must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined for each of the examinations, CSD and MSP.  Those eligibility requirements are found on the CSD and MSP pages of this website.  Click on the links to learn more and to register for the pilot examinations.

Certified Safety Director – CSD

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