To get a safety inspector certification, first you may need to get a bachelor's degree and possibly a graduate degree. Then, you need work experience and on-the-job training. Finally, you must pass an exam through an organization, such as the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, to receive certification.
Through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, or BCSP, you can choose from eight different types of safety certifications. The qualifications for the different certifications depend on your education and work experience.
For example, if you want to become a Certified Safety Professional, or CSP, you need either a bachelor's degree in any field or an associate degree in a field related to health, safety or the environment. In addition to education, you need a minimum of four years work experience where safety is 50 percent of your work duties. You also need one of a number of credentials, such as the Associate Safety Professional or Graduate Safety Professional. As of May 2015, the fee for application and examination is $510, and you must score at least 54.9 on certification exam.
Another certification is the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, or OHST. This certification requires that you have a high school diploma or GED. You must have three years experience at a job where 35 percent of your duties are related to safety. The application and examination cost is $305, and the passing score is 66.3 percent.