March 2014 - Certifications


Submitted by: Don Evans

What are your credentials? If you drive a motorized vehicle, operate on people, or run a business, you are required to have some type of license. But if you just work for someone, do you have to have a license, or other credentials? In today’s modern world, it is becoming more and more important to verify the qualifications of ones employees. And in today’s job market, having credentials gives you an edge in getting a new position, or getting promoted.

Here at SCATS, we focus on the safety and health profession. There are many different certifications that are available to safety and health professionals, and depending on your job, you may be required to have certain licenses. There are two main certification bodies for safety professionals today: the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), which issues documentation for, or, at several levels; and the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), which has similar programs, but focuses more on the management side of the equation. The following is a list of BCSP certification programs:

  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Associate Certified Safety Professional
  • Graduate Safety Practitioner
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
  • Construction Health and Safety Technician
  • Safety Trained Supervisor
  • Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer


ISHM also offers the following certifications:

  • Certified Safety and Health Manager
  • Associate Safety and Health Manager
  • Certified Safety Management Practitioner


Several years ago, SCATS introduced the Safety and Health Practitioner program. This program is designed to recognize the efforts of those students who take 27 safety and health classes in three years in the SCATS training program. To date, we have graduated close to four hundred students from this program. The ISHM recognizes this program as a first step towards gaining official certification; this will give students credit towards higher certification awards.

It is not unusual today that employers are asking for recognized certifications when filling certain positions; it is just one more clue about the viability of a candidate to successfully fill an opening. SCATS can be a first step for those individuals that ask themselves where they should start to get recognition and training, or for those who are just looking for career changes.

For more information, or for a schedule of training courses offered at no charge by SCATS, call toll free 1.877.4SAFENV [1-(877)-472-3368], or visit the training section