The safety profession is already around 110,000 safety professionals strong and companies are now looking for someone who will do much more than just track accidents, they also want a strong, motivating leader for their team boosting their employee satisfaction.
Whether you want to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in your current job or are a student studying to become one, the following steps are sure to help you on your way.
- Get trained up- you will need to have an associates or bachelor’s degree program for occupational health and safety if you are wanting to become a CSP
- Get certification- although certification is optional, employers love it and see it as a form of professional credentialing. To become certified as a safety professional, you need to meet certification qualifications and pass an examination. This certification can be provided by trade organisations such as the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
- Get employed- Being a safety professional is often a full-time job as you are handling so many responsibilities. Employment in these areas have increased as workforces are keener than ever to keep their workplaces safe for good corporate citizenship. Also, more than half of safety professionals are approaching the retirement age, opening a new gap for new employees to enter the field.
- Join a trade association- by joining a trade association such as the BCSP you will gain access to valuable industry updates & networking opportunities.
- Stay current- a huge part of being a safety professional is staying current. This includes keeping up to date with the latest industry updates and rules. You must also retain your certification, this involves paying an annual renewal fee and meeting all the recertification requirements. Your continuing education could be provided through your employers but may also be offered through trade associations.