NASPCB FAQ

   

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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
  • Consist 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) + $350 (1-time recertification fee per 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 period. These points can be earned through various avenues, the primary of which is obtaining CEUs*. With a 25 point recertification requirement, CSP certificants must accrue 250 contact hours (50 contact hours per year) throughout the certification cycle. 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 renewal 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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

Application Fee $95

Exam Fee (Includes 1 Exam Attempt) $650

Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $350

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

Application Fee $95

Exam Fee (Includes 1 Exam Attempt) $595

Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $295

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

For A Complete Guide to Certification, click here.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

  • Approved Eligibility
  • Additional Information Required
  • Denied Eligibility
Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

Candidates who fail the exam have the option to retake the exam one (1) time within their eligibility period. Candidates must wait thirty (30) days from the initial exam date to purchase the Exam Retake, reschedule, and sit for the retake exam. The Exam Retake option will appear in the candidates’ Student Portal account thirty (30) days after the initial exam date.

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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

Category: NASPCB FAQ

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.