CSD Beta Certification Exam

We invite you to be one of the first 100 individuals to sit for our CSD beta exam! The beta exam will include new and revised exam questions to gather performance statistics for new examination forms. The exams will include 25 additional questions that will not affect your score. Thirty minutes of additional testing time is included to account for these questions. Here’s a quick snapshot of the differences between the traditional and beta CSD exams:


Traditional CSD Beta CSD
# of Questions 150 175
Time to Complete Exam 3 Hours 3.5 Hours
Testing Options • Kryterion Testing Site (U.S & Canada)
• Online Proctored Exam (OLP)
• Kryterion Testing Site (U.S and Canada)
• Online Proctored Exam (OLP)
Application Fee $75 $75
Exam Fee $395 $195
# of Attempts 2 1
Recertification Fee $195 $195


Once the beta exam testing window has closed and the results have been compiled, the statistical performance of each question will be analyzed to determine if the item should be included in the new version of the exam. Due to the additional time necessary to complete this analysis, candidates will experience a delay in receiving their examination results. Individuals who pass the exam will receive their certification just as those who have taken the traditional exam.

*Please note the final date the results will be released is to be determined.

Exam Eligibility

To receive eligibility to take the CSD beta exam, you must meet one of the following tracks 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.

Are you interested in sitting for the CSD beta exam, but you are missing a qualified credential? Scroll down to the Qualifying Credentials header to learn more.

Exam Application

CSD beta exam applications must be submitted and approved for eligibility. Upon approval, the exam must be scheduled during the testing window of
November 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.

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.


Create an account to begin your application in the NASP Student Portal if you do not already have an LMS account.

For A Complete Guide to Certification, click here.



  • About the 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.

  • Examination Blueprints

    For more information on the content of the examination for the CSD certification, click on Exam Blueprint. The CSD Beta exam will align with the CSD Examination Blueprint.

  • Recertification Requirements

    To maintain the professional competence of workplace safety professionals beyond their initial Certification, a recertification process is necessary. CSD 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) Recertification Requirements

  • Certified Safety Director (CSD) Beta Exam Fees

    • Application Fee $75
    • Beta Exam Fee (Includes 1 Exam Attempt) $195
    • Recertification Fee (every 3 years) $195
    • For a comprehensive Certified Safety Director (CSD) Beta Exam pricing list, click here.
  • Exam Prep (Study Guides)

    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 that includes a downloadable PDF, interactive and informative training modules, 10 practice questions per module, a 100-question preparatory final exam, and more!

    ***NASP/IASP, Inc. offers the Certified Safety Director (CSD) Preparation Course as an option to prepare for the CSD Certification. The Certified Safety Director (CSD) Prep Course is an optional course and is not a requirement to sit for the CSD Exam. A Prep Course is not intended to guarantee that a candidate will pass the CSD exam or become certified.

    Course Cost: $595

    The CSD Prep Course is available immediately for purchase through the NASP Student Portal. Click here to log in or create an account if you don’t have one.

  • Qualifying Credential Options from NASP

    The following three courses offered by NASP are options that you may take to meet the qualifying credential portion of the CSD eligibility track. You may also seek non-NASP qualifying credentials from their respective organizations. The CSD Eligibility Track provides a list of all Qualified Credentials.

    * To receive eligibility to take the CSD Beta exam or Standard CSD examination, applicants must meet one of the tracks to include education, a qualified credential, and experience, as indicated on the CSD Eligibility Track

    Safety Professional Certificate (SPC)

    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.

    Safety Professional Certificate (SPC) Course

    Safety Director Certificate (SDC)

    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.

    Safety Director Certificate (SDC) Course

    Certified Safety Manager (CSM) Certificate

    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.

    Certified Safety Manager (CSM) Course

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