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So often, I see this question: “What do I need to pass the ASP and CSP Exam?” In this piece, I tell you (and share) what I used to pass these exams the first time I took them!
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The only way to know how much time you need to study is to determine your current level of understanding, strengths, and weaknesses. I used and recommend BCSP Online Assessment for both exams.
Based off the results of that Assessment, you'll then craft a study plan and determine how much time you need to achieve an adequate level of preparedness. I recommend scheduling the CSP soon after the ASP, if possible, so you don't have to re-learn material covered in the ASP Exam.
I studied for the ASP every other day for several hours for an intensive two-month period. I took the exam, passed, and then spent about 1-2 months studying for the CSP. I was able to study much less vigorously, focusing simply on the Span International Certbok (see below) because I had already done most of the heavy lifting in my preparation for the ASP.
Study Tactics – What worked for me
- Read David Yates', Safety Professional's Reference and Study Guide cover to cover. For every chapter/chapter summary:
- Make a list of all of the vocab and concepts
- Make a digital study guide that can easily be added to
- Make physical flashcards of the vocab
- Review vocab a couple of times a week
- Lean heavily on your experience. The best way to remember concepts is to draw parallels to your hands-on experiences!
- I purchased the Span International, ASP and Certbok Workbook Combo and CSP and Workbook Combo.
- For each Certbok topic/section:
- Complete all of the practice questions
- For every question that I got incorrect, I copied the Certbok explanation into the digital study guide for that topic
- Add any unknown vocab to my flashcards
- Certbok will not let you consider a section “complete” until 90% correct answers are achieved, requiring a true mastery of the material to continue.
- For each Certbok topic/section:
- PocketPrep ASP and PocketPrep CSP App – free versions. I liked being able to whip out a couple of practice questions on my phone while waiting for a meeting to start, in line at the food truck, or waiting for the coffee to be brewed in the mornings. It helped keep the material easily accessible.
- Print and review study guide and flashcards every few days.
- Retake the BCSP Online Assessment as a gauge of progress when you feel sufficiently prepared to take each exam. (I did not take either exam until I got > 80% correct on these practice tests.)
Resources I didn't find extremely useful
- Roger Brauer's Safety and Health for Engineers. I found this a helpful text to supplement technical information, but I didn't need it to pass either exam.
- Bowen's Online ASP/CSP course – I would not recommend this method to others. I tried it, attending all lectures and completing all homework, and did not find it specific enough for either exam.
- Span International Workbooks – I did not use the workbooks, as they are identical in topic and questions to the Certbok. The BCSP exams are computer-based exams, so it did not make sense to study from a workbook.
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