INDIANAPOLIS (July 6, 2017) —  The Board of Certified Safety Professionals' (BCSP) new Safety Management Specialist (SMS) certification had over 1,000 safety professionals sit for its beta exam between March 15 and May 12, 2017, and will be released in final form by July 31.
 
The SMS is for safety practitioners with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a business's safe operation. The certification is an important component of a comprehensive safety team, fulfilling industry and global demand for validating highly competent safety practitioners with varying amounts of formal education and experience.
 
Development of the SMS began over 1 year ago, with a panel of subject matter experts meeting in July 2016 to outline the knowledge and skills their industries require of safety managers and specialists.
 
"The SMS could not have become the certification it is without the incredible input from our subject matter experts, those who participated in the job task analysis, item writing and passing score panels, and our SMS1 Beta exam participants," said BCSP Examinations Director Susan Gould, CSP, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC. "We greatly appreciate everyone who joined us in the development phase. Based on feedback from those who applied and sat for the beta exam, the SMS is a highly-reliable, quality certification."
 
The Complete Guide to the SMS, the SMS Exam Blueprint, and the SMS Blueprint References are all available on the BCSP website's SMS page, bcsp.org/SMS.