Third Quarter 2020 eNewsletter
Message from the President of the Board
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
The value of safety certification is based on several interconnected elements. When industry organizations, credential holders, and certification bodies work together as common stakeholders in the advancement of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice, we grow that value in multiples.

The importance of certification grows when organizations make safety a value. This encourages safe practices and builds support for safety practitioners. Studies demonstrate that supervisors who place a high value on safety achieve greater levels of safety compliance from their workers. Certification, with the skill-building, education, and training it entails, is one of the surest methods to establish safety leadership and maintain a strong safety culture.

Certification demonstrates your competency, your specialty, and your drive to prove yourself. In conjunction with safety certifications’ value to organizations, this enhances your career through greater professional and social recognition. This means the possibility of a greater salary, new opportunities in the industry, and an expanded network from which you can draw support.

What we do as a certification body to provide value to those pursuing or holding our credentials matters as well.

The relationships we share with our endorsing organizations, certification sponsors, and industry partnerships build recognition of BCSP safety certifications. BCSP credential holders enjoy extensive support for education through the BCSP Foundation and additional career building opportunities through our career center and career fairs. Those pursuing certification now have new training opportunities through examCORE, and we continue to work on providing value for certificants through exclusive benefits, recertPRO, and related sources of professional development.

BCSP is dedicated to building the value of safety certification with the advancement of safety as our guiding principle.

BCSP Board of Directors
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
Vice President
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP
Past President
C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP
Teresa A. Cole, CSP
Ashok Garlapati, CSP
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS
Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT
Daniel T. Lyons, CSP
Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST, CIT
Donald A. Robinson, CSP
Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS
Study From the Source!
BCSP offers pre-exam trainings through BCSP examCORE. Trainings include CSP, ASP + CSP Connect, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, STSC, and CIT. For more information, visit
BCSP, ACGIH Sign Partnership to Improve Safety and Health Performance
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals® (BCSP®) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) signed a partnership agreement to improve occupational safety and health practice globally.

As partners, BCSP and ACGIH will use their collaborative efforts, expertise, technologies, and resources to increase the availability of competency-based certifications and education to advance occupational safety and health.

“This is an exciting day, not only for ACGIH and BCSP but also for the greater occupational safety and health community,” says ACGIH Board Chair COL(Ret.) Mary S. Lopez, PhD, CPE. “With the signing of this agreement, we multiply our capabilities to educate and advocate for our community.”

Photo: BCSP Interim CEO Christy Uden, CAE, IOM; BCSP Board of Directors President Mario Varela, CSP, ASP; ACGIH Executive Director Frank Mortl III, CAE; and ACGIH Board Chair COL(Ret.) Mary Lopez, PhD, CPE after remote-signing of the organizations' new partnership agreement.
Financial Planning Discounts for BCSP Certificants
BCSP certificants have a new benefit provided by the Financial Planning Association®. Available now, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional members of FPA provide a 20% discount to BCSP certification holders on their first-year financial planning fees. Click here for more info!
Certificants Enjoy 30 Days of Complimentary Access to recertPRO
With the cancellation of many traditional means of earning recertification points, we wanted to provide each certificant with the opportunity to earn points with recertPRO at no cost.

Registration for 30 days of free access will be available from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. During your 30-day trial, you will have access to two (2) Journal Quizzes and one (1) KSA for the opportunity to earn 0.45 recertification points!

BCSP recertPRO was designed to provide certificants a convenient and affordable way of continuing their education while earning recertification points from the comfort of home.

More information about recertPRO and your free trial can be found in the video below or at the website,
The BCSP Career Center connects job seekers with prospective employers in the safety, health, and environmental industry at no cost!

Posting open positions for companies looking to hire individuals who hold our credentials is also free. This site is your direct route to qualified individuals!
2020 Award of Excellence Recipients Chosen
We are excited to announce that the 2020 BCSP Award of Excellence (AoE) recipients have been chosen! Normally held during an in-person luncheon ceremony, the 2020 AoE ceremony will be held virtually in early 2021 (subject to change) due to COVID-19 cancellations.

More information about the virtual ceremony, including how to watch, dates, and time, will be released in the near future; visit and our social media pages often for updates!

The BCSP Awards of Excellence (AoE) ceremony recognizes top CSPs, ASPs, OHSTs, CHSTs, STSs, and STSCs who best represent certificants’ outstanding leadership, knowledgeable expertise, and commitment to the advancement of the SH&E profession.
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BCSP examCORE Available for All Certifications
BCSP is pleased to announce that BCSP examCORE is now available for all eight BCSP certifications with the release of the Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT) program.

“The release of the CIT examCORE program marks the final step in a years’-long process that has culminated in a product that will aid SH&E practitioners in advancing the safety profession through professional certification,” said BCSP’s Interim CEO, Christy Uden, CAE, IOM. "With all the features examCORE offers, we are confident SH&E professionals will be adequately prepared for their BCSP certification examinations as they continue to advance the safety profession.”

BCSP examCORE is an interactive, online exam training program that provides safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practitioners a means to build the knowledge and skills necessary for BCSP certification, covering the topics identified as essential by industry leaders.
Banner displays are a great way to promote BCSP certifications and earn recertification credit. A display is available to any certificant for use at chapter meetings, regional or local conferences, career fairs, and other safety-related seminars, meetings, and presentations. If you would like to reserve a display, fill out a Banner Display Request.
Share the Value of Certification as Part of
"We Are BCSP" Video
We would like to share what it means to be a BCSP credential holder and invite you to join us!

Working with a team of certificants, we have developed a script that shares the passion and contributions of our certificants to protect our communities. We would like you to join us in reading this script, recording your reading, and then sharing it with the world as part of a video montage.

Please use this opportunity to express yourself, recording your video as you see fit, in a work setting if possible, and in your native language. BCSP will select widely from submissions so we may best represent the diversity of our credential holders.

Videos must be submitted by October 20, 2020, to be considered.

We look forward to your joining us.
Unauthorized Use of Our Credentials
BCSP pursues cases of individuals claiming to hold our credentials without permission. We pursue those cases in which there is clear evidence of the unauthorized use and the individual has a clear responsibility, control, or knowledge of the use. Evidence may be a business card, resume, letter, website, or other publication. Report Unauthorized Use | Find Unauthorized Use on the Certificant Directory
BCSP Foundation to Host Virtual SH&E Job Fair
The BCSP Foundation, in an effort to provide meaningful pathways of engagement between qualified candidates and employers committed to workplace safety, is proud to announce the first BCSP Foundation Virtual Career Fair.

To be held on October 29, 2020, the Career Fair aims to seamlessly connect job candidates and employers seeking top talent in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) roles. This interactive, real-time experience is free to current and future SH&E professionals.

The online format provides an easy and effective way to search and apply for jobs, chat with prospective employers, interview for exciting positions, and learn about the many opportunities in the SH&E field!

More information, including the registration link, can be accessed on the BCSP Foundation's website. If you have questions, contact Colin Brown, BCSP's Professional and Organizational Advancement Manager, at
Job Fair Notes
  • Search for jobs and instantly submit resumes
  • Interact and learn about employers and their current openings
  • Chat live with employers and schedule interviews
  • Attend educational webinars
  • Connect with employers that value your designations/certifications
  • Visit virtual booths and instantly apply for job opportunities
  • Attract and recruit top talent while saving on travel, time, and staffing
  • Have direct access to candidate resumes and contact information
Important Dates

Registration Dates
  • Job seekers register by Oct. 23, 2020
  • Employers register by Oct. 14, 2020

  • Resume Building: Oct. 15, 2020
  • How to Interview and Prepare for Virtual Environment: Oct. 22, 2020

Virtual Job Fair
  • Oct. 29, 2020
Current Changes Index
Over the course of the year, a range of policy changes, procedure updates, and other modifications occur. We want to make everyone aware of these changes on a regular basis, as well as keep an archive of the announcements. 

Visit the Current Changes Index page on our website to find the most up-to-date policy and procedure information.
BCSP Foundation Releases New Youth Outreach Initiative
The BCSP Foundation released a new webpage dedicated to the prevention of injury and harm to our nation’s youth workforce. The Youth Safety Institute webpage contains information on scholarships, common hazards for young workers, stats and figures regarding workplace injuries to young workers, and more.

Along with the webpage, the Foundation has created a Youth Safety Outreach Guide, brochure, postcards, videos, and tips.

Contained in the guide and website, you will find information including:

  • Rights of young workers
  • Hazards and prevention tips in workplaces common to young people
  • Personal stories of overcoming on-the-job injuries
  • Safety advice from a BCSP employee and member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel
  • Links to helpful tools from BCSP including: Academic Database, career paths in safety, scholarship and grant information, and more!

Please visit the Foundation's Youth Safety Institute webpage for more information!
Share Events With Us
Have an upcoming job fair, conference, or chapter meeting that you would like to share with readers? Would you like to invite a BCSP representative to attend an event? We would like to hear about it!

Submit information on upcoming events using our new Event Request Form.
BCSP's Examinations Director Discusses Safety Career, Opportunities
Dave West, CSP, ASP shares the wide variety of industries that hold opportunities for those considering careers in the safety profession, the profession's central dedication to the protection of their communities, and how his career has led him to advance safety with NASA.

Be sure to follow our YouTube page, as we have a lot of exciting content on the way!
Presentations on safety certification can be done for recertification credit! BCSP has many resources available for certificants to use during presentations, including pre-made PowerPoints, role delineation studies and technical reports, and videos.

These resources can be found on our Presentations and Outreach webpage.
STS, STSC Beta Exam Participants to Qualify for Significant Exam Discount
The Safety Trained Supervisor® (STS®) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction® (STSC®) beta exams have been rescheduled for early 2021, at which time participants will receive a $60 discount on the exams.

Candidates whose applications have been accepted for the STS and/or STSC and who are within their one-year eligibility period will be able to purchase the corresponding beta exam when the beta exam becomes available, for a limited time.

Sign up to receive further information on this offer, including notice of when the beta exams become available, at the button below.
Share your digital badge!
Digital badges prominently display achievement of a BCSP certification or designation and are available for use across social media platforms, email, and websites.
Login to your My Profile page and select "My Badge(s)" from the menu to access your digital badge!