Prepare for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) and/or the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) exams with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® online review course. Our online classroom allows you to interact live in real time with your instructor and other participants as you prepare for the certification exams administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Live lectures are presented twice a week for 8 weeks and are offered at multiple days and times to accommodate most schedules.  Lectures are also recorded for those who prefer to study at their own pace or want to review the material more than once.  

Access to course materials is provided for 1 year from the course start date through the Bowen EHS® Member Center.

Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

This free podcast lays out a road map on how to prepare for the Safety Fundamentals (ASP) and Comprehensive Practice (CSP) exams offered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Presented by Russell Bowen, CIH, CSP.

Prepare for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) and/or the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) exams with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® Workshop. Our exam prep workshop is offered for those who prefer a short intense course in preparation for the ASP and CSP certification exams.  All workshops take place in a traditional classroom environment and cover the same material presented during our popular ASP-CSP online review course. Online access to the Bowen EHS® Member Center will allow participants to complete the required homework and course final exam outside of class.  Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

Not sure if this is the right course for you, visit Which ASP/CSP Course Is Right For Me?

Prepare for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) exam with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® online review course. Our online classroom allows you to interact live in real time with your instructor and other participants as you prepare for the ASP exam administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Live lectures are presented twice a week for 6 weeks and are offered at multiple days and times to accomodate most schedules. Lectures are also recorded for those who prefer to study at their own pace or want to review the material more than once.  

Access to course materials is provided for 1 year from the course start date through the Bowen EHS® Member Center.

Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

Bowen EHS now offers three separate online reviews for the certification exams administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Below are a few statements to help you determine which course will best meet your needs. 

Many folks are getting ready to take the comprehensive exam for the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) exams.  Time management is critical for passing any of these exams. Here are a few tips to help you through the exam.

One of the things about learning new concepts and practices is that to really know the concept or practice, one must, well….. practice, practice and practice some more.  There are a few things that are easily learned the first time we are presented with the information, but most of the time, we must go through the material again and again and again.

This is especially true when preparing to take the CIH exam or the ASP exam or the CSP exam or the CHMM exam.  In order to do well, one must practice using the concepts. 

A common question that I receive from Bowen EHS ASP/CSP class participants is: "when will I know I am ready to take the exam?" You don't want to wait too long because you want the course material to be fresh, yet you do not want to take it too soon, only to find that you're not ready. Here are some practical tips to help you make that decision for yourself:

  1. Try to take your exam within three months of your review class so that the material is still fresh. If the class was truly a review for you, schedule the exam on the front end of this window. If you used your course to teach yourself the concepts and had done little studying prior to the course, aim for the latter end.
  2. Have you made review notes and cards of all the Bowen EHS material? Studying the math alone is not enough. Prior to taking your exam, you should be able to recall most (80-85%) of your study materials when prompted by someone else. Make yourself questions from the lectures.
  3. Study your math. Make blank copies of the homework, final exam and optional final exams. Take them periodically without the use of anything but your calculator and BCSP formula sheet. You should be scoring at least 80% prior to taking your exam. Do the same with the study questions in the Bowen EHS® Member Center.
  4. Do you know how to use your calculator? You need to know how to use the statistical functions (find mean, median, and standard deviation), the probability function (prb key) and how to enter log functions, at a minimum, before you take your exam.
  5. Teach someone else. If you really understand a concept, you should be able to explain it to someone else. A study group works best but a spouse, older child, family member or friend, etc. will also work. Many times you will have an "Ah Ha!" moment when doing this.
  6. Get the BCSP Self Assessment Guides, test yourself, and aim for scores of at least 80% without notes. Study the answers in the back as well and make notes from them.
  7. Improve your knowledge on topics that you still do not understand. You do not have to be an expert in everything, but as we tell you in class, picking "C" for everything is also not the wisest option. Three sources of information that may help are: the recorded lectures (pause and take notes, listen to recordings of the other instructor's lectures, if applicable); the Kahn Academy website; and Safety and Health for Engineers by Roger Brauer.

You will not know everything, and your goal is not to get the best ever score on the exam. Your goal is to pass and get three new letters after your name. Most people who have completed the steps above are ready for the exam. Once you get to this point, don't continue to wait because the momentum cannot last forever. People who wait tend to get caught up in life--their studying suffers or they may end up not taking the exam at all.

So, are you ready for your exam?

 

 

Passing the CIH, the ASP, the CSP, or the CHMM exam is a valiant quest filled with hardship and uncertainty.

You set out on the arduous journey to pass the exam. You know the exam will be tough, but with determination and persistence, you’re confident you will prevail over the examination beast.

You work hard.

You study every night for 2 hours after your kids go to bed.

You get up before your kids to study a couple more hours before heading off to work.

You memorize the TLV Guidebook, and you know the difference between organochlorine and organophosphate. You can even design a push-pull ventilation system with one hand tied behind your back using a crayon and a slide rule.

You run through all the practice questions you can find three, four, five times, and you are fearless. You head into the dragon’s lair, aka the exam center, ready to slay the beast, and......

It doesn’t quite work out the way you intend.

It starts out okay. The exam dragon blows radiation fire at you, and you parry with thermal resistant PPE. Next, he sends a volley of toxic smoke in your direction, and you counter with local exhaust ventilation placed two duct diameters from his nostrils.

Things are looking pretty good.

But then come the scenario questions about working at the lama pack manufacturing facility. You never even knew there were special hazards related to the assembly of lama packs.

Are there ergonomic hazards? What about chemical exposures? Do you need hearing protection when working next to a lama? Who knows?

After the lama pack manufacturing question, it seems to be getting hotter in the lair. It becomes difficult to recall even basic information about benzene and asbestos.

You fight back by correctly answering a basic statistics question, but the dragon disarms you with a confusing epidemiology query.

You barely make it out alive, and you’re not surprised when the dragon’s minion hands you the paper stating that preliminary results indicate you did not pass the exam.

You go home to mend your wounds, and contemplate the sanity of this quest.

Ugh!

What do you do next?

You were extremely prepared, but you were still defeated. Can it be done?

Do you have the stuff to slay the examination dragon?

THE ANSWER IS YES. YOU CAN VANQUISH YOUR FOE.

However, defeating your enemy may not come through battle.

There is an old saying I picked up from Master Wu, the sensei of the cartoons “Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu”. He advises, the best way to get rid of an enemy is to make them your friend.

Now, I know it’s crazy to think of a test as a friend, and who wants a friend that’s always testing you anyway.

Some friends are like that. Some friends constantly challenge us to better ourselves by asking the hard questions. They force us to continue thinking and look for solutions we may not have thought of before.

Just like a friend, the exam changes and grows and evolves. It is a moving target.

You didn’t pass the exam the first time, and the second attempt may not go well either. It doesn’t mean you’re not worthy.

Exam failure just means you need to take the exam again. Some of the best professionals I know had to take the exam multiple times before earning their certification.

It doesn’t mean you have to study harder or longer or more efficiently.

Exam failure just means you have to take it again.

Embrace the uncertainty of the exam. Treat each attempt as a learning experience which adds to your knowledge base helping you to develop your critical thinking skills.

Eventually, you will come to recognize the exam as an old friend who still likes to throw the occasional brain teaser at you.

Keep at it. Don’t give up. You’ll eventually turn the exam dragon into your friend.

We have listened to you and are now offering separate ASP and CSP online review courses along with our combined ASP/CSP online review. We understand that some of our clients may not be eligible to take both the Safety Fundamentals and Comprehensive Practice exams back to back and want to accommodate those that may be studying for one or the other.

To help you determine which course is right for you, we have put together a short list of statements that may apply to your situation. We want to make sure that we are providing our clients exactly what they need to succeed.

Our first ASP Online Review begins April 9th and our first CSP Online Review begins July 30th.  Make sure to sign up at least two weeks in advance to receive the early registration discount.

LEARN MORE: "Which ASP/CSP Course is Right for Me?"

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