CERTIFIED SAFETY DIRECTOR (CSD)
A Certified Safety Director (CSD) is involved in problem solving and application of strategy; their advice is based on conceptual and technical knowledge mediated by training and experience, analysis of evidence, and critical thought. They understand how to use and access the evidence base and value professional collaboration. They are capable of working with minimal supervision and usually give direction to others.
To earn the CSD certification requires individuals to meet specified eligibility requirements, pass a rigorous exam, meet the recertification requirements, and uphold the Certificant’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Agreement, Candidate’s Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, and Criminal Conviction and Unethical Behavior Agreement as set forth by the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board.
ACCREDITATION AND RECOGNITION
The Certified Safety Director (CSD)® credential is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). This certification is accredited under the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard for personnel certification programs.
To receive eligibility to take the CSD examination, applicants must meet one of the tracks to include education, credentials, and experience, as indicated on the CSD Eligibility Track below:
NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program
CSD Eligibility Track
You Must Meet One of the Tracks to Include Education and Professional Safety Experience.
You Must Hold One Qualified Credential.
50% of Your Current Role Must Be in Safety.
The examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is a closed-book proctored examination. Candidates have three (3) hours to complete the exam.
For more information on the content of the examination for the CSD certification, click on Exam Blueprint.
To maintain the professional competence of workplace safety professionals beyond their initial certification, a recertification process is necessary. CSD and MSP Certificants must continue to demonstrate competency to maintain their Certification.
Certificants must show evidence of competence through professional development, activities, and successful completion of the appropriate courses through obtaining Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).
CERTIFIED SAFETY DIRECTOR (CSD) FEES
- Application Fee $75
- Exam Fee (Includes 2 Exam Attempts) $395
- Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $195
For a comprehensive Certified Safety Director (CSD) pricing list, click here.
EXAMINATION PREPARATION OPTIONS
CERTIFIED SAFETY DIRECTOR (CSD) PREPARATION COURSE
NASP/IASP, Inc. Offers the Certified Safety Director Preparation Course as an option to prepare for the CSD Certification Exam. The Certified Safety Director (CSD) Prep Course is an optional course and is not a requirement to sit for the CSD or MSP Exam. A Prep Course is not intended to guarantee that a candidate will pass the CSD or MSP exam or become certified.
The Certified Safety Director (CSD) Prep Course addresses the knowledge, skills, and abilities found in NASP’s CSD Certification examination blueprints. This program is comprised of 20 major topics identified as vital by industry professionals and our Certification Board.
This course is designed to prepare the learner for the successful completion of the CSD exam while simultaneously teaching the essentials necessary for the health and safety professionals of today. This course provides a learning experience which includes a downloadable PDF, interactive and informative training modules, 10 practice questions per module, 100 question preparatory final exam, and more!
CSD Prep Course Cost $595
The CSD Prep Course is available immediately for purchase through the NASP Student Portal. Click here to login or create an account if you don’t have one.
An SPC is an individual with high-level specialist and strategic skills. They are likely to be involved in the development and implementation of a comprehensive facility-wide or corporate safety and health program and are influential with senior management and policymakers. Their perspective embraces the broader organizational and social context.
The Safety Professional Certificate (SPC) Course is an option to meet a portion of the Eligibility Track in addition to the educational and years of experience requirements to sit for the CSD or MSP Exam.
An SDC is involved in problem solving and application of strategy; their advice is based on conceptual and technical knowledge mediated by training and experience, analysis of evidence and critical thought. They understand how to use and access the evidence base and value professional collaboration. They are capable of working with minimal supervision and usually give direction to others.
The Safety Director Certificate (SDC) Course is an option to meet a portion of the Eligibility Track in addition to the educational and years of experience requirements to sit for the CSD or MSP Exam.
A CSM is an implementer of strategy and actions normally mandated by those on the corporate level. They oversee and drive compliance and monitoring and are able to effectively employ a range of OHS tools and processes. They are likely to have a site or industry focus.
The Certified Safety Manager (CSM) Certificate Course is an option to meet a portion of the Eligibility Track in addition to the educational and years of experience requirements to sit for the CSD Exam.
During the application process, you must select your option for taking the exam through the Certification Board’s testing contractor Kryterion.
You have the option to take the online exam via Online Proctoring (OLP). Kryterion strongly recommends use of a non-work related or personal computer for online proctored (OLP) exams. Click here for Kryterion OLP instructions.
Another option is to take the exam at one of the numerous testing sites available to you (U.S. and Canada only). Click here to find the nearest Kryterion testing center to you. Click here for Kryterion testing site instructions.
After completing the application, applicants will receive official notification from the NASP Certification Board via email within 7-10 business days. The notification will include instructions on eligibility status. Upon being approved to take the exam, Candidates will receive notification from the NASP Certification Board via email, with exam purchase options.
*Upon exam purchase, Candidates will receive a NTS (Notice to Schedule) email from the Certification Board with instructions on how to schedule the exam.