NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program

Accreditation and Recognition

The Master Safety Professional (MSP) and Certified Safety Director (CSD) credentials are accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.

Benefits of the CSD and MSP Certifications

As the benchmark in practical workplace safety certification, the CSD and MSP certifications provide a wealth of benefits to those who obtain them. First and foremost, certifications establish your professional credibility; there is an increasing number of companies, non-profits, and government organizations that prefer to work with (or require) individuals who have certifications from recognized programs.

Obtaining the CSD or MSP certifications demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued education and training. When you have the training and certification that your competitors don’t, it provides you with the competitive edge you need to differentiate yourself from other professionals in the EHS field. Achieving your MSP or CSD certification is about more than simply stating what you have accomplished. You will likely learn new techniques and skills — not only those associated with your field but also transferable skills such as training methodologies, discipline, and communication.

INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL

The time and effort invested in professional certifications often results in increased salary. Companies understand that individuals who invest in their own certification(s) have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they are looking for in their future employees, and they are willing to pay for it. In the latest 2020 EHS Salary Survey, EHS professionals with no certifications reported an average annual salary of $84,200. EHS professionals that held one certification reported an average salary of $96,260, and those with two or more certifications averaged $109,360 annually!

MASTER SAFETY PROFESSIONAL (MSP)

An MSP is an individual with high-level specialist and strategic skills.  They are likely to be involved in the development and implementation of a comprehensive facility-wide or corporate safety and health program and are influential with senior management and policymakers.  Their perspective embraces the broader organizational and social context.

Master Safety Professional – MSP

Master Safety Professional (MSP) Application Fee, Exam Fee, Recertification Fee

 

CERTIFIED SAFETY DIRECTOR (CSD)

A CSD is involved in problem solving and application of strategy; their advice is based on conceptual and technical knowledge mediated by training and experience, analysis of evidence, and critical thought. They understand how to use and access the evidence base and value professional collaboration. They are capable of working with minimal supervision and usually give direction to others.

Certified Safety Director – CSD

Certified Safety Director (CSD) Application Fee, Exam Fee, Recertification Fee

 

 

About the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program

The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB)

NASPCB Statement of Impartiality

In keeping with the mission of providing a fair and inclusive educational program for workplace safety professionals, the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) maintains a strict policy and procedure to ensure complete impartiality in its operation of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program.

The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. 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:

The Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. staff monitor all potential threats to its impartiality and document all actions.

FAQ:

  • ABOUT THE NASP/IASP, INC. CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

    The primary purpose of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program under the guidance and oversight of the NASP/IASP, Inc, Certification Board (NASPCB), the credentialing arm of NASP/IASP, Inc., 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 purpose is achieved by providing the CSD and MSP accredited certifications under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons, as administered in the U.S. by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program identifies and recognizes workplace safety professionals who have demonstrated the competencies necessary to recognize and mitigate potential safety concerns in the workplace.

    The Certified Safety Director (CSD) and the Master Safety Professional (MSP) Certifications define 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 meet specified eligibility requirements, pass a rigorous exam, meet the recertification requirements, and uphold the Certificant’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Agreement, Candidate’s Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, and Criminal Conviction and Unethical Behavior Agreement as set forth by the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board.

  • THE NASP/IASP, INC. CERTIFICATION BOARD (NASPCB)

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) is a separately functioning entity established to oversee the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program and to separate the roles and responsibilities between the NASP/IASP, Inc. Board of Directors and the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program to maintain impartiality and neutrality. The Certification Board operates independently to establish and uphold high standards of competence for workplace safety professionals, to evaluate professionals against those standards, and to increase safety in the workplace through the CSD and MSP credentials.

    With strategic oversight from the Executive Board, the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board was established to set the standards and qualifications for individuals who practice specific disciplines within the workplace safety profession; to establish voluntary certification testing of applicants who meet or exceed the training, educational, and professional experience requirements set by the Certification Board; to annually review, and if necessary, revise the standards and qualifications, as well as the Board’s provisions in the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program Operations Manual and NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program Candidate Handbook.

    To Learn More About the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) and Board of Advisors, click here.

  • NASPCB STATEMENT OF IMPARTIALITY

    In keeping with the mission of providing a fair and inclusive educational program for workplace safety professionals, the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) maintains a strict policy and procedure to ensure complete impartiality in its operation of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program.

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. 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:

    The Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. staff monitor all potential threats to its impartiality and document all actions.

  • What is the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program?

    The primary purpose of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program under the guidance and oversight of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), the credentialing arm of NASP/IASP, Inc., 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 purpose is achieved by providing the CSD and MSP accredited certifications under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons, as administered in the U.S. by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

    The Master Safety Professional (MSP) and Certified Safety Director (CSD) credentials are accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program identifies and recognizes workplace safety professionals who have demonstrated the competencies necessary to recognize and mitigate potential safety concerns in the workplace.

    The Certified Safety Director (CSD) and the Master Safety Professional (MSP) Certifications define 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 meet specified eligibility requirements, pass a rigorous exam, meet the recertification requirements, and uphold the Certificant’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Agreement, Candidate’s Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, and Criminal Conviction and Unethical Behavior Agreement as set forth by the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board.

  • Who is the NASPCB?

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) is a separately functioning entity established to oversee the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program and to separate the roles and responsibilities between the NASP/IASP, Inc. Board of Directors and the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program to maintain impartiality and neutrality. The Certification Board operates independently to establish and uphold high standards of competence for workplace safety professionals, to evaluate professionals against those standards, and to increase safety in the workplace through the CSD and MSP credentials.

    With strategic oversight from the Executive Board, the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board was established to set the standards and qualifications for individuals who practice specific disciplines within the workplace safety profession; to establish voluntary certification testing of applicants who meet or exceed the training, educational, and professional experience requirements set by the Certification Board; to annually review, and if necessary, revise the standards and qualifications, as well as the Board’s provisions in the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program Operations Manual and NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program Candidate Handbook.

    To Learn More About the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) and Board of Advisors, click here.

  • Are NASP/IASP, Inc. certifications recognized or accredited by a third party?

    NASP/IASP, Inc.’s Master Safety Professional (MSP) and Certified Safety Director (CSD) credentials are accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. Click here to learn more about the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program. If you have any questions, contact the Certification Coordinator by calling 800-922-2219 or by emailing [email protected]

    Click here to view ANAB Certificate of Accreditation.

  • Who is the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)?

    Click here for information on ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

  • What are the benefits of the CSD and MSP Certifications?

    The purpose of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program for the CSD and MSP Certifications is to establish international standards for certification in the workplace safety profession; to provide recognition of qualified individuals; to afford a guarantee to employers that certified personnel have attained stated education and experience qualifications.  Earning the CSD or MSP Certification also provides professionals with a competitive edge in the workplace, having completed the recognized core competencies for workplace safety.

  • What is the difference between the MSP and the CSP?

    The MSP and CSP certifications share a few similarities; both certifications:

    • Are accredited under the ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons, as administered in the U.S. by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

    • Have a thorough application process

    • Require previously-obtained qualified credentials

    • Have predetermined educational and experiential requirements

    • Consists of sit-down examinations proctored by a third-party

    • Require CEUs to maintain certification

    The MSP separates itself from the CSP in the following ways:

    • Education: NASP recognizes that some workplace safety professionals may not have obtained the higher education or math and engineering skills required, or are in the process of doing so, which restricts them from earning certain credentials such as the CSP (or other well-known certifications.) Yet their years of experience, vast knowledge in the industry, and hands-on practical approach to workplace safety left a clear opportunity for NASP to develop the MSP to validate and acknowledge these individuals. Click here to see the MSP’s eligibility track to see if you qualify.

    • Body of Knowledge: While both exams cover similar bodies of knowledge, the MSP prides itself on being the practicing safety professional’s certification. What does this mean exactly? The MSP exam focuses on practical workplace safety knowledge that you, as a professional, use daily to keep your employees safe. The MSP exam focuses less on science, mathematics, and engineering and more on the laws and consensus standards that you, as a safety professional, work with every day. Click here to review the MSP examination blueprint.

    • Examination: The MSP is a 3-hour exam and consists of 150 questions. The CSP is a 5.5-hour exam and consists of 200 questions. 

    • Cost:

    The full cost, per certification cycle, for the CSP is $160 (application fee) + $350 (examination fee) + $900 ($180 annual renewal fee over five years) = $1,410.

    The full cost, per certification cycle, for the MSP is $95 (application fee) + $650 (examination fee and includes one retake exam) + $350 (1-time recertification fee per three year cycle) = $1,095. Click here to see the full MSP fee structure.

    • CEUs and Recertification:

    The CSP requires certificants to obtain 25 recertification points per 5-year cycle. These points can be earned through 10 activity categories. BCSP measures all acceptable activities in terms of recertification points. Certain activities state maximum points allowed amount per cycle or per year, while there are no limits to other activities. The CSP requires a $180 annual renewal fee.

    The MSP requires certificants to complete 4.8 CEUs* over a 3-year certification cycle (1.6 CEUs per year), which equals 48 hours of contact time (16 hours per year). The MSP requires a $350 recertification fee at the end of the 3-year cycle. To view the MSP recertification requirements, click here.

    *Continuing Education Units (CEUs) One (1) CEU, which is the equivalent to ten (10) hours of instruction, equals one (1) recertification point.

  • What is the difference between the CSD and the MSP Certification?

    An MSP is an individual with high-level specialist and strategic skills.  They are likely to be involved in the development and implementation of a comprehensive facility-wide or corporate safety and health program and are influential with senior management and policymakers.  Their perspective embraces the broader organizational and social context. The MSP is the highest of the two designations.

    A CSD is involved in problem solving and application of strategy; their advice is based on conceptual and technical knowledge mediated by training and experience, analysis of evidence, and critical thought. They understand how to use and access the evidence base and value professional collaboration. They are capable of working with minimal supervision and usually give direction to others.

  • Do I have to take the CSD exam to qualify for the MSP exam?

    Individuals are not required to take the CSD exam to apply for eligibility and sit for the MSP exam.

    Individuals who do not qualify to sit for the MSP exam may first apply for the CSD exam and, upon eligibility, successfully pass the CSD exam and have the option to apply for eligibility to sit for the MSP exam.

  • Who is eligible?

    Candidates taking the MSP examination must meet one of the required tracks of eligibility. Click here for more information.

    Candidates taking the CSD examination must meet one of the required tracks of eligibility. Click here for more information.

  • Are there Certificate options offered for eligibility?

    NASP/IASP, Inc. offers and accepts certificate courses as prerequisites to be eligible to take the  CSD or MSP examination. All the courses listed are natural progressive steps in the education and training of workplace safety professionals and not a requirement. Click here for more information.

    All options for eligibility for the MSP can be found here.

    All options for eligibility for the CSD can be found here.

  • Are there Preparation Course options for the CSD and MSP exams?

    NASP/IASP, Inc. offers the Certified Safety Director (CSD) Preparation Course and the Master Safety Professional (MSP) Preparation Course as optional preparation courses to prepare for the CSD or MSP examinations.  These courses are an optional way for potential Certificants to gain required knowledge in sitting for the CSD or MSP examinations. Click here for more information.

  • What is the cost of the MSP Certification?

    Application Fee $95

    Exam Fee (Includes 2 Exam Attempts) $650

    Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $350

    For a comprehensive Master Safety Professional (MSP) pricing list, click here.

  • What is the cost of the CSD Certification?

    Application Fee $95

    Exam Fee (Includes 2 Exam Attempts) $595

    Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $295

    For a comprehensive Certified Safety Director (CSD) pricing list, click here.

  • Where can I find more information on the CSD and MSP Certifications?

    For A Complete Guide to Certification, click here.

  • I need a specific form. Where can I find it on your website?

    You can find all forms for the Certification Program by clicking here.

  • I need to review the policies. Where can I find it on your website?

    You can find all policies for the Certification Program by clicking here.

  • What are my payment options?

    Payments must be paid using a VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Payments must be processed through the NASP Student Portal and the Learning Management System.

  • What is the Cancellation/Refund Policy?

    All fees are non-transferable, non-refundable, and subject to change.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications must be completed and submitted within one year from the creation date, or data will be lost and deleted. Once submitted, the NASPCB will review applications. Applicants must create an account or have an account to apply.

    If you do not have an LMS Course and Membership Login, please create an account in the NASP Student Portal.

    If you already have an LMS Course and Membership Login, please use your current LMS Login Credentials to access the NASP Student Portal. Click here to access your LMS Course and Membership Login.

  • What happens once I apply?

    The NASPCB will notify applicants with one of the following results within 7-10 business days:

    • Approved Eligibility
    • Additional Information Required
    • Denied Eligibility
  • How long do I have to take the exam?

    Candidates must purchase an exam option, register, and sit for the exam within one (1) year of their approval of eligibility date.

    Candidates will have an option within the last 60 days of eligibility to purchase a 90-day eligibility extension.

  • What happens if I miss the exam deadline?

    If a candidate does not purchase an exam option, register, and sit for the exam, within their eligibility, they will be required to reapply for eligibility and pay all applicable fees.

  • What is the exam like? How much time am I given to take the exam?

    Both the CSD and MSP exams are proctored exams and offered via computer-based testing (CBT). The exams are comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. Each candidate is given 3 hours to complete the exam.

    The exams will include a few unscored test questions. These test questions will not be counted toward your test score and are included to gather statistics that will permit us to evaluate the quality of the questions for use on future test forms.

  • What is the Passing Score for the CSD or MSP Exam?

    A valid credentialing examination must have a defensible passing score. A panel of SMEs reviewed each examination under the direction of the Examination Contractor and used the Modified Angoff criterion-referenced method to determine a passing point for each examination. The Angoff technique relies on the pooled judgments of content experts.

    It was determined the minimum passing score is 500 with the maximum possible score of 800. The minimum possible score is 200.

  • How do I take the exam?

    The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program requires applicants to select one of two options during the application process. The NASPCB third-party examination contractor Scantron will administer the exam. Testing options include:

    • Scantron Onsite Testing (U.S. and Canada only)
    • Live Online Proctoring (LOP)

    Click here to find information on registering, scheduling, finding a location, and preparing for your exam.

  • How do I receive my results?

    After completion of the exam, candidates will immediately receive a result. The NASPCB third-party examination contractor will email candidates to log in using a unique password to review their performance on the examination, and the next steps will be provided according to their result. The NASPCB will receive and review the candidate’s score result, and official communication will be sent via email regarding the next steps or options the candidate may have.

  • What if I fail the exam?

    Candidates have the option to retake the exam one (1) time within their eligibility period if the first attempt does not result in passing the exam. Candidates must wait thirty (30) days from the date of their first examination to sit for the Retake Exam. This option will be available through their NASP Student Portal Account once the thirty (30) day waiting period has passed.

    If the individual does not successfully pass the examination after two exam attempts, they may reapply as a new applicant for the certification after one (1) year from the day of the last exam. They must meet all eligibility requirements and pay the associated fees.

  • What is the recertification process?

    To maintain the professional competence of workplace safety professionals beyond their initial certification, a recertification process is necessary. CSD and MSP Certificants must continue to demonstrate competency to maintain their certification.

    Certificants must show evidence of competence through professional development, activities, and successful completion of the appropriate courses through obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

    Click here for Recertification Requirements for the MSP.

    Click here for Recertification Requirements for the CSD.

  • What happens if I miss the recertification deadline?

    A 30-day Grace period is offered to those who fail to meet the Recertification Requirements expiration date noted on the Certificant’s Certificate and NASP Student Portal. Should a Certificant fail to recertify within the given timeframe, during the 30-day grace period, the Certificant will be required to contact the NASPCB and complete the CEUs and make a payment directly to NASPCB. Once the Certificant has completed the Recertification Requirements, the Student Portal will reflect the new Recertification Cycle.

    Certificants who hold the CSD or MSP certification and fail to maintain their certification requirements and let it expire must reapply and take the examination and pay the application fee and exam fee.

    If the individual does not successfully pass the examination after two exam attempts, they may reapply as a new applicant for the certification after one (1) year from the day of the last exam. They must meet all eligibility requirements and pay the associated fees.

    Should a Certificant fall within the expiration category, the CSD & MSP Directory will reflect the Certificant Profile status of expired.

  • Where can I find those who hold the CSD or MSP Credential?

    To see those who currently hold the CSD or MSP Credential, click here.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions or need assistance?

    Should you have questions or need assistance regarding the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program, we are here to assist you! You may reach us at [email protected] or by calling 800-922-2219 and ask for the Certification Coordinator.

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