Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) Certification

The Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) designation recognizes those whose duties include performing occupational safety and health management activities either on a part-time or full-time basis. The CSMP program recognizes people who demonstrate knowledge of health and safety management skills and techniques through examination and experience. This certification recognizes those who have attained a level of knowledge, training and experience to competently manage a safety and health program. The CSMP designation can help strengthen future career choices and provide a competitive edge.

The CSMP program is administered by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM). Through its certification program, ISHM promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of an organization. ISHM also administers the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), and Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) programs. While the scope of the three designations is similar the CSMP recognizes those who have taken a less formal safety and health education path.

Many people enter the safety and health profession from varied backgrounds. Over time and with experience, on-the-job education, meetings and conferences these practitioners may become highly effective safety and health practitioners. This might include active safety team participants, line managers, engineers, or human resources professionals. In addition to technical knowledge of occupational safety and health, a successful CSMP must possess working knowledge of a broad range of business issues and principles and an understanding of safety related issues such as hazard analyses, accident investigations, safety audits and surveys, workers' compensation, product safety, environmental laws, quality, and labor relations.

Candidates must achieve a passing grade on the CSMP Examination (determined by a cut score analysis, to be awarded CSMP certification by the Institute. The examination is based on one hundred (100) multiple choice questions measuring the applicant's knowledge in the following subject areas based on a Role Delineation Survey:

  1. General and Business Management (20% of test/30 questions/20%)
  2. Management Methods and Systems (38% of test/57 questions)
  3. Safety, Health, and Environment Applications (11% of test/17 questions)
  4. Risk Identification, Management and Control (31% of test/46 questions)

Summary of Requirements:

  • Minimum educational requirement is High School Diploma or GED.
  • Work experience requirement in occupational safety and health:
    • 3 years experience of full time professional safety and health management experience acceptable to the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM).
      • Full time professional safety and health management experience requires position duties with 50% or greater safety and health management related activities.
      • Two years of part time experience 25% or greater safety and health management related activities may be substituted for one full year.