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.


CSD/MSP Exam Development and Maintenance Volunteers Needed


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The NASPCB relies on a group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who are qualified in the field of workplace safety to assist in the development and maintenance for the CSD and MSP examinations. The CSD and MSP examinations reflect the applicable and most current knowledge and skills that are required to keep people protected.

To participate in Exam Development and Maintenance activities SMEs must have a minimum of six (6) years of professional safety experience (at least 50% of the current role is in safety), and must hold the CSM, SDC, or SPC certificate or hold the CSD or MSP certification. SMEs holding additional qualified credentials from the CSD or MSP eligibility tracks along with the above requirements aid in maintaining the impartiality of our examinations.

To safeguard our exams and to assure that the examinations are consistent with the corresponding body of knowledge necessary to achieve mastery in the field of workplace safety, the SMEs participate in the following activities:

Job and Task Analysis (JTA): Specify the examination definition, identify examination domains, tasks, and knowledge and skill statements that will be used to create the draft examination blueprint. A JTA will be performed again during Revalidation Cycles to ensure the examination blueprint remains current.

Item Writing: Develop, assess, validate, update, and format questions/items.

Standards/ Passing Score: Establish and maintain performance standards and examination passing scores. Review examination results to ensure scores reflect reliability and proficiency that are appropriate for the content and level of all examination activities.

The following groups comprise the NASPCB:

  • NASPCB Board of Advisors – Chairs and Vice Chairs of the NASPCB Committees
  • Knowledge and Skills Committee
  • Item Writing Committee
  • Examination Committee
  • Appeals/Complaints Committee

The NASPCB Outreach Committee assists in fostering awareness and recognition of the CSD and MSP certifications. They support the NASPCB by providing their personal and professional insight as a CSD and/or MSP on the advantages of holding an accredited safety certification. Additionally this committee celebrates those who have achieved the CSD and MSP certifications as well as other accredited certifications. Our Outreach Committee members uphold a positive and encouraging vision to those in the safety industry as well as those considering safety as a career.
If you are interested in participating in the NASPCB Exam Development and Maintenance as a Subject Matter Expert or volunteering on the NASPCB Board of Advisors or one of our committees, click here.
In addition to the CSD and MSP certification exams, other exams are currently under consideration for development.

CSD and MSP Exam Development and Maintenance Process

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