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Safety degree from Central Washington University becomes GSP qualifying academic program

ELLENSBURG, Wash. Oct. 1, 2017– Central Washington University’s Bachelor of Science in Safety & Health Management program has been reviewed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualifying Academic Program (QAP), providing the program’s graduates the option to apply with BCSP for the GSP designation after graduation.

The GSP meets the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), the “gold standard” in safety certification, allowing those who hold the designation to waive the Associate Safety Practitioner® (ASP®) certification examination. It demonstrates accomplishment and commitment to professional development. 

“We welcome Central Washington University’s exceptional safety program and those who graduate from it,” says the CEO of BCSP, Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE. “Those who graduate from GSP Qualifying Academic Programs have a strong foundation of knowledge that deserves recognition, and BCSP looks forward to supporting them in the development of their careers.”

A Qualified Academic Program (QAP) is a degree program in safety, health and environmental practices that has been reviewed by BCSP for substantial match to the ASP Exam Blueprint. Central Washington University’s B.S. in Safety & Health Management program review covered the course’s content beginning August 1, 2013; any person having graduated after that time may apply for the GSP.

More information on Central Washington University’s B.S. in Safety & Health Management program can be found at www.cwu.edu/engineering/safety-and-health and details on the GSP are available at bcsp.org/gsp.


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BCSP is recognized as a leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners (SH&E). BCSP establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certificants for compliance with recertification requirements. All certifications are accredited or in the process of becoming accredited. BCSP maintains the highest accreditations for its certifications, proving their value through independent, third-party evaluations. Since 1969, over 59,000 individuals have achieved the CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, STSC or CET credential. BCSP is a not-for-profit corporation with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

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