WSO Certified Safety Specialist (WSO-CSS)

WSO Certified Safety Specialist (WSO-CSS) is a safety practitioner who specializes in a specific area in the safety profession. The concentration must be in a definite area such as fire safety, transportation safety, nuclear safety, hazardous materials, product safety, health care safety, electrical safety, oil well drilling & servicing, ladder safety etc. He/she must be able to perform both the technical and management work of safety in his/her respective field in order to secure the most effective results through and with other people. He/she performs all of the technical and management work required of the safety position.

 

Certification Requirements: An applicant must be

  1. a current WSO Affiliate Member
  2. be of good moral character,
  3. meet application requirements,
  4. satisfy the educational and experience criteria,
  5. pay the required fee.
  6. pass the written exam

All applications for certification shall be on forms prescribed and furnished by the Board. Processing shall conform with procedures prescribed by the Board.

Experience Requirements: An applicant must have at least ten years of professional safety experience, or a combination of education and experience to equal 10 years (see below for education equivalent).

Experience Requirements/Equivalents:

  • A candidate for certification with a Bachelor degree that is equivalent to 01 year of the experience requirements. The degree should be in safety, i.e., physical sciences, engineering, safety management, security, or other curricula acceptable to the WSO Certification Board.
  • A master degree acceptable to the WSO Certification Board may be recognized as equivalent to 02 additional years of professional safety work.
  • A doctorate degree, acceptable to the WSO Certification Board, may be recognized as equivalent to 03 additional years of safety experience.
  • Relevant professional licensing, certification or registration may be recognized by the WSO Certification Board as equivalent for up to 02 years of professional experience.

Note: The above experience equivalents shall be acceptable at the highest level and shall not be cumulative.

Written Examination Requirements: Applicants who meet the application, academic, experience, and general requirements, submit required fees, and are approved by the WSO Certification Board, must take the written or online examination. The applicant will be tested in all of the areas indicated for the respective designations.

The written/online examination for the WSO–Certified Safety Specialist covers the following areas:

  • Safety Law and Legislation (applicable country),
  • Professional Ethics plus specialized testing in the individual’s area of Professional Expertise
  • Industrial Hygiene,
  • Nuclear Safety,
  • Fire Safety,
  • Hazardous Materials Management,
  • Construction Safety, etc.
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