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Unlocking Opportunities: The Power of Certifications in EHS Careers

  • Publish Date: Posted 15 days ago

​In today's competitive job market, professionals are constantly seeking ways to stand out and advance in their careers. One powerful avenue for achieving this is through certifications. Certifications not only bolster resumes but, also signify a commitment to excellence in safety practices, playing a crucial role in job seeking, upskilling, and fostering robust EHS cultures within organizations.

Here we explore which certifications could unlock opportunities to help advance your EHS career.

BCSP – Certified Safety Professional (CSP):

The CSP certification is a pinnacle achievement for safety practitioners. It demonstrates mastery in the field of safety management systems, risk assessment, hazard control, and emergency preparedness. Holders of this certification are equipped to lead safety programs, mitigate workplace risks, and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

BCSP – Associate Safety Professional (ASP):

The ASP certification serves as a stepping stone towards attaining CSP status. It signifies a foundational understanding of safety principles and practices, covering topics such as hazard identification, safety management systems, and regulatory compliance. ASP holders are well-positioned to pursue advanced roles in safety management and continue their journey towards CSP certification.

BCSP – Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP):

The GSP designation is an entry-level certification designed for recent graduates or those new to the safety profession. It provides a foundation in safety management systems, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, and hazard control. GSP certification is an excellent starting point for individuals aspiring to pursue advanced safety certifications and establish themselves in the field of EHS.

BCSP – Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST):

The CHST certification is tailored specifically for professionals working in the construction industry. It focuses on hazard recognition, mitigation strategies, safety program implementation, and regulatory compliance within the unique context of construction sites. CHST holders play a vital role in promoting safety culture and reducing accidents in construction projects.

BGC – Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH):

CIH certification demonstrates expertise in identifying and mitigating workplace health hazards. Certified professionals are adept in areas such as exposure assessment, industrial ventilation, chemical safety, and occupational health regulations. CIH holders play a critical role in safeguarding workers' health and well-being across various industries.

BGC – Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist (CAIH):

The CAIH certification, recognized within the industrial hygiene field, signifies a foundational understanding of key principles and practices. Similar to the EHSA certification's role in introducing safety concepts, CAIH holders demonstrate proficiency in fundamental industrial hygiene principles, including hazard recognition, exposure assessment, and control measures. This certification serves as an entry point for professionals embarking on careers in industrial hygiene, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to promote workplace health and safety.

BGC – Environment, Health, & Safety Associate (EHSA):

This certification is designed for professionals who are beginning their journey in the EHS field. EHSA holders demonstrate a foundational understanding of safety principles, regulations, and practices. They are equipped with the knowledge to assist in implementing safety programs, conducting risk assessments, and promoting a culture of safety within organizations.

BGC – Environment, Health, & Safety Professional (EHSP):

EHSP certification represents a more advanced level of expertise in the EHS domain. Professionals holding this certification possess comprehensive knowledge and skills to lead and manage safety programs effectively. They demonstrate proficiency in risk management, regulatory compliance, emergency preparedness, and strategic safety planning. EHSP holders play critical roles in shaping organizational safety cultures and ensuring compliance with industry standards.

Insights into Salaries and Credentials.

BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) Certification Salary Insights:

According to the BCSP Safety Salary Survey 2022-2023, the data reveals a significant disparity in median salaries among professionals holding various certifications in the field of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS). Among all full-time professionals surveyed, those holding the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification reported a median salary of $98,000.

However, when considering additional certifications alongside CSP, the salary connection becomes more pronounced. For instance, professionals holding both CSP and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certifications reported a median salary of $120,000. Comparatively, individuals with either one or none of these certifications reported lower median salaries. This highlights the added value and market demand for professionals with multiple certifications in the EHS field.

Furthermore, the survey also sheds light on the salary discrepancies based on educational attainment. Professionals with doctoral degrees reported the highest median salary at $113,500, followed by those with master's degrees at $100,000, bachelor's degrees at $85,000, and associate degrees at $74,000. This underscores the correlation between higher education levels and increased earning potential in the EHS sector.

BGC (Board for Global EHS Credentialing) Certification Salary Insights:

The BGC offers certifications such as the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist (CAIH). These certifications are recognized benchmarks of proficiency in the field of industrial hygiene and environmental health.

Insights from the 2023 AIHA Salary & Compensation Study indicate that professionals holding the CIH certification reported a median salary of $125,000. This certification demonstrates expertise in identifying and mitigating workplace health hazards, contributing to higher earning potential in the industry. Moreover, the survey data reveals the average years held for these certifications, with CIH holders averaging approximately 17 years. This longevity reflects the enduring value and relevance of upskilling through certification programs. Professionals investing in continuous education and acquiring recognized certifications such as CIH stand to reap long-term benefits, both in terms of career advancement and financial rewards.

The AIHA’s most recent survey, the AIHA Future Demand of the Profession Survey (2024), touches on workplace support for OEHS certifications as well. Around 80% of participants stated that their company provides PTO to attain OEHS certifications, while around 85% of participants said their company provided complimentary training resources. Employer support is a valuable perk, so it’s recommended to take advantage of an opportunity like that, if provided!

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