Graduate Safety Practitioner

Program Overview


A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) is a designation available to safety degree graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards. The GSP program is an alternate path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and does not replace other paths. The GSP is not a certification.

Effective January 1, 2018, several changes to the GSP program will take effect:

  • Those graduating on or after January 1, 2018, will have one year from their graduation date to apply for the GSP.
  • Those attaining the GSP on or after January 1, 2018 may hold the designation for a maximum of six (6) years.
  • Graduates who obtained their degree during the time-period prior to January 1, 2018 and fall within a QAP’s “Applicable Dates” as noted on the GSP QAP List may apply for the GSP through January 1, 2020.

Benefits of Becoming a GSP

There are numerous benefits for obtaining the GSP designation, including:

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification.
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice.
  • There is no GSP application fee.
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility.
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation.

Qualified Academic Program

A Qualified Academic Program (QAP) is an academic degree program in safety, health and/or environmental practices meeting BCSP standards for participation and whose curriculum has been reviewed as showing a substantial match with the Associate Safety Professional (ASP).