𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵 (𝘊𝘖𝘚𝘚®)
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) 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 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.
BCOSP is accredited by the American Certification Service – Global Program (ACS-GP) under ISO/IEC 17024 – Requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.
BCOSP sets certification criteria for Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS®) through the ISO/IEC 17024 standards for personnel certification.
Application Criteria for COSS®
have minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field or a professional qualification in occupational health and safety recognized by international safety organizations or other approved disciplines by the Board.
have seven (7) years of safety experience where safety is at least 50% preventative*, professional level with his/her safety duties.
Your duties are actively involved with provision of day to day risk assessments and control measures to protect people, and prevent incidents/ accidents at work
Must pass the COSS® examination
Maintain your certification
- pay annual renewal fee and
- meet recertification requirements
Benefits of Certification
As a safety specialist, you have many choices when it comes to your career path. You can make the choice to pursue a safety professional.
Obtaining a COSS® certification will set you apart from others in your field and will have a measurable impact on your career.
For personal profession
- enhance professional credibility
- provide evidence of professional commitment
- provide a benchmark and validates knowledge, skills and practice
- increase earning potentially
- is an indicator of professionalism
- enhance public image
- offer a higher public assurance of competence
Anyone who holds COSS® Certification is entitled to use this “COSS” after their name to show their peers that they have accomplished the criteria and the expectations by BCOSP.