March 31, 2023

CSU and BCSP Foundation Partner to Build Safer Global Community

The BCSP Foundation is pleased to announce the support of Columbia Southern University through a significant investment in building a safer tomorrow through the advancement of the safety profession. This sizeable investment of resources represents the collaboration of partners dedicated to advancing the dialogue and pioneering programs that will define the field for generations. It is in direct support of the BCSP Foundation’s mission of “Investing to create and grow a safer global community; protecting those we serve.” Working together, we provide the resources, tools and opportunity necessary for lasting impact.

Building on a foundation of 50 years of investing in the safety profession, BCSP launched the BCSP Foundation, its formal philanthropic endeavor, in 2018. Recognizing that working together with industry partners, educators, safety professionals, and citizens to coalesce around strategic initiatives

that yield measurable outcomes, we stand with a singular voice as advocates for the profession and the good of the global community. “This is a transformational moment in BCSP history. We know that it is people who make safety possible and the Foundation is a direct reflection of the commitment of the Board of Directors of BCSP to assuring the health and well-being of not only our trusted professionals but to the good of society. We are investing our resources and working with partners to make a lasting impact,” said Linda Martin, CSP, Board Chair, at a recent donor forum.

The Board of Trustees for the Foundation is pleased to welcome the investment by CSU and recognizes the strength of the partnership as central to the advancement of the profession. “The CSU approach to education, dedication to the student experience, and continued investment in reaching new heights through faculty development and advancing the program makes them a partner on many fronts. They are working hard, every day, to build a pipeline of qualified safety professionals to serve all sectors of society and the result is a stronger, safer, and more prosperous society” said Dr. Turnbeaugh, CSP, CAE, Executive Director of the BCSP Foundation.

For 25 years, Columbia Southern University has been a leader in occupational safety and health education. Taught by experienced safety experts, CSU’s Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualified Academic Program (QAP). CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs also meet the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the Associate Safety Professional designation (ASP®) and the Certified Safety Professional designation (CSP®).

“We are thankful for this recognition and for our partnership with the BCSP Foundation,” said Robert Mayes, CSU co-founder. “Columbia Southern University is proud to share the Foundation’s goal of creating a safer global community by increasing the number of educated safety professionals in the field. Together, we will continue to advance the safety industry through professional development and education.” CSU’s partnership with the BCSP Foundation reflects its deep roots in occupational safety and health education. In 1993, CSU founder Robert G. Mayes worked to fill an industry void by creating training programs for safety and environmental managers. This commitment to educate and advance the field of occupational safety and health ultimately set the academic foundation for the university. To this day, CSU continues to provide improved training and learning to advance the safety profession.

The BCSP Foundation, working in concert with BCSP, is dedicated to advancing the field through strategic investment in Professional Advancement, Innovation and Research, and the Youth Safety Institute. Join us as we work to assure that “Safety is a global core value” and register your support at today. Together we build a safer global community.

Update: Columbia Southern University’s Master of Science in occupational safety and health degree program, and its environmental management concentration, was recently named as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The Master of Science in occupational safety and health is the university’s latest Qualified Academic Program. “Students who graduated on or after Jan. 1, 2016 from our master’s in occupational safety and health or its environmental management concentration will be able to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation through the BCSP,” said CSU’s academic program director for occupational safety and health and environmental management Dr. Dan Corcoran, CIH, CSP. You can find more information here. 



    1. Libby Reilly Reply

      Good morning, Michael! Thank you for reaching out. At this time, the master’s program is not a qualifier for GSP, nor has it been submitted for approval. Please reach out to the BCSP or CSU Registrar to understand alternate pathways to qualify. I hope that helps!

      Libby Reilly
      CSU Communications Coordinator

  1. James Templeman Reply

    Has there been any discussion with the BCSP in regards to the organization recognizing CSU’s Masters Program for Occupational Safety & Health as meeting the requirements for the GSP?

    1. Libby Reilly Reply

      Hello, James.

      At this time, CSU’s master’s degree is not a qualifier for GSP, nor has it been submitted for approval. Please reach out to the BCSP to understand alternate pathways to qualify. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your academic advisor, who will be able to provide more information.

      Thank you!
      Libby Reilly
      Communications Coordinator

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