Safely Speaking

New Opportunities for UCO Industrial Safety Program Graduates

by Dean Findley, Ph.D

Assistant Professor at University of Central Oklahoma 


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Bachelor in Industrial Safety has been reviewed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualified Academic Program (QAP), providing the program’s graduates the opportunity to apply with BCSP for the GSP designation after graduation.

The GSP meets the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), the “gold standard” in safety certification, allowing those who hold the designation to waive the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) certification examination. It demonstrates accomplishment and commitment to professional development.

A GSP QAP is a degree program in safety, health and environmental practices that has been reviewed by BCSP and demonstrates a substantial match to the ASP Exam Blueprint. Any person having graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma’s with a B.S. in Industrial Safety since August 1, 2005, may apply for the GSP within their program’s applicable dates as it appears on the QAP list.  The deadline for those who graduated between August 1, 2005, and March 31, 2019, is March 31, 2020.

For more information see the links below:

GSP® Portal:

UCO Transcript:

For additional information, please contact Dr. Dean Findley (