How Do You Become Certified to Be a Safety Officer?


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Certification as a safety professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals requires completion of a bachelor's or an associate's degree in safety, health or the environment or a closely related field. Professional experience in the field of safety that is focused on preventing harm rather than responding to events that caused harm is also required. Once eligibility is established, the certification candidate must purchase and sit for the certification examination at a Pearson VUE test center.

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How Do You Become Certified to Be a Safety Officer?
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Eligibility for certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals is determined on a point system, with points assigned based on the candidate's type of college degree, his major area of study and educational institution and for relevant professional work experience. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals' certifications include certification as a safety professional, associate safety professional, graduate safety practitioner and occupational health and safety technologist.

The American Society of Safety Engineers offers a certificate in safety management, which requires completion of the Society's three core courses - safety management I and II and corporate safety management - along with identified electives within five years of application. These courses also comply with Board of Certified Safety Professionals' recertification requirements.

Certifications, including certified safety manager, certified safety director and licensed safety professional, are available through the National Association of Safety Professionals. These certifications require completion of National Association of Safety Professionals certification training courses.

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