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FL
May 7, 2016
I guess I'm proof you can wait 6 months after the review course and pass! It just took a whole lot of studying! I watched the lectures about 3 times each and reviewed the quizzes a few times as well as the final. I used the ASP self assessment. Took it twice, then just started studying from it. Read a little from the Brauer book, went through the flash cards from Bowen and used their quiz app. I don't know what my score was yet, but I'll agree with others that it is a lot of safety management systems, environmental, electrical, and training. Thanks, Mikey, for a great class!
DB
May 7, 2016
Just wanted to let everyone know that I passed the CSP today! I took the ASP a couple of days after the review course and took the CSP this morning and was happy to see "PASS" on my printout. Needless to say it has been a long journey to get to this point and I am so happy it is over.

As far as the test is concerned...I would definitely brush up even more on System Safety, Management, and Training. Knowing the ins and outs of these three topics will help immensely. All in all the test wasn't a "gimme" by a long shot but nothing impossible with a little effort and time. I do want to truly thank Bowen EHS for their support and for creating a great platform for EHS Professionals. Good luck to everyone sitting for any certification.
AS
Apr 29, 2016
I passed the CSP! It was definitely a hard test for me, some questions did not have formulas and I took the entire time. I can say that I could not have made a better decision than to use the Bowen study course. It kept me on track with what I needed to study.
RA
Apr 21, 2016
Thanks to the hard work of Mike Edens and everyone in my class, I passed the ASP this morning. I was a bit surprised as I still had 160 minutes left, but finishing early was a good thing. Mike and the rest of the cast of characters from my class sessions made the information relevant and long-lasting. Thanks to you all!
NF
Apr 19, 2016
Passed the ASP!
What a relief. One down, one to go. I owe a huge thank you to Mike, Nicole, Bowen EHS, and everyone else that participated in the classes. What really helped me was just trying to relax and reading the questions carefully. Good luck to everyone else as you prepare and sit for your exams!
KB
Apr 15, 2016
I am pleased/relieved to say I passed the CSP exam today! :) I reviewed the questions I answered/flagged, reviewed all of the questions again, and had a nice cushion of time left over. I appreciate all of the advice given by other test takers on the forums, and the clarification on some questions via the study sessions with Rick (live and recorded). It was quite a mental experience, and I suggest focusing on:
-Training/needs assessments
-Management/business decisions
-Various risk assessment techniques
-More IH than I would have expected (situational and calculations)
Of course, there were many, many other topics covered, which I had not researched or read about, but I thank the course instructors for their guidance on how to take the test, that you will NOT know everything, and not getting stuck in the weeds.
DB
Apr 9, 2016
Passed ASP!
First, Mike and Nicole were absolutely great instructors. They made the classes very easy to digest and it was always a great time.
As far as the ASP is concerned...I started receiving the weekly questions a year ago and finally decided to sign up for the review. I am glad that I did. A lot of stuff that is covered in the review will make its way to the exam (in some format). A few topics that I thought were heavily engrained into the exam:
- Engineering Economy
- Risk Management
- Environmental
- Management Systems
- System Safety
All in all the exam was pretty straightforward Some will be out of left-field but nothing that you can't make an educated guess on.
STUDY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS and SYSTEM SAFETY. It will make the exam a breeze.
I sat there with an exit screen for about 5 minutes before I just ended the session and was happy to collect my print-out from the front desk that said "PASS" and I can't describe the feeling. One down, one to go.
Good luck to anyone taking the ASP in the near future. On to the CSP..
KB
Apr 7, 2016
Wanted to thank Jon Wallace for the great course - I passed the ASP today and was very relieved!! The course was a great prep - I reran a few of the sessions to make sure I covered everything, did the homework and worked through a lot of problems from the SPAN ASP Workbooks - they had tons of questions with full explanations.

Thanks again - I will definitely come back for the CSP review!!
RS
Apr 5, 2016
I passed the CSP exam this morning and had the same experience most have posted. Lots of risk management (know the different tools/methods), training program development/management, work practices. Math was minimal but included ventilation, probability, engineering economy, radiation, industrial hygiene (TLV, TWA, etc..).

I passed my ASP exam back in December and used the material from the prep course (book/HW assignments) to study for the CSP. I did all of the practice quizzes on the website at least 20 times each. Do not get to hung up on all the math formulas, focus on the management specific quizzes.

I hope this helps to anyone prepping for the CSP. Thanks to Bowen EHS for all the help and resources!
GL
Apr 5, 2016
I took the CSP exam and am happy to report that I passed! It took me about 3.5 hours to complete but I didn't bother flagging or reviewing any of my answers at the end.

I was pretty confident going into the exam but became quite frustrated with a lot of questions that I didn't feel I had studied for despite having taken CSP prep courses and materials from multiple sources, and having reviewed the Brauer book. However, for many of those questions I was able to narrow it down to 2 choices and taking a best guess. A few questions popped up that when I started reading I immediately got discouraged because it was a topic I hadn't studied for at all, but after reading through the entire question, could easily solve the problem with the information provided. There were also a few equations shown that were not on the study sheet but they did provide what the variables were.

In general, there were a lot of questions on System Safety, training, risk management, ventilation, and several environmental/waste management.There were hardly any problems that involved math and I felt that a lot of the time I spent getting really familiar with the equations (noise, physics, electrical, hydraulics, etc.) was not worth it.

My suggestion for anyone taking the exam in the future is to really read the Brauer book since I think a lot of the questions are similar to what you would find in there. There were many scenario based questions as well that I would recommend reading very carefully and reading the answers very carefully to narrow down the options to the best 2. I think that the math portion of the exam worries a lot of people (myself included), and I would recommend not worrying about it too much or spending too much of your study time on equations.
DW
Apr 4, 2016
Just reporting that I passed the ASP Exam today! Whew! That takes a load off of my shoulders. I will enjoy this feeling for a couple of weeks and then start the journey to the CSP exam.

The Bowen online class was very helpful. Thanks to Jon Wallace for running my course!

My study strategy included working through all of the Homework problems, quizzes and tests multiple times, reading Yates and Brauer books along with getting PocketPrep's ASP Exam Prep App which developed its test questions from the Yates book.

Happy studying everyone! Keep with it and you will have success!
JU
Mar 29, 2016
I passed the CSP yesterday - all while 9 months pregnant! What an accomplishment. Many, many, many thanks to Bowen and Mike Edens for prepping me for the exam.

I had purchased the CSP Self Assessment from the BCSP and scored well, so I felt prepared to sit for the CSP. There was certainly less math than the ASP, and I felt overall that the CSP was a bit easier. Perhaps it is because I knew what to expect after completing the ASP just about 6 weeks ago.

The only disappointment that I have with this process is not knowing my final score on the ASP and the CSP exams. They only give you a "Pass" or "Fail" score, with no indication of how well you did. It would be nice to know which questions were missed - just for curiosity's sake.
GR
Mar 28, 2016
Just reporting that I passed the ASP exam last week!
Here’s a summary of my study strategy:
• Completed the Bowen EHS Online ASP Review course with Jon Wallace; made flash cards of all course materials and did all of the homework assignments twice.
• Completed all ASP/CSP study questions on Bowen EHS and researched the answers I was unsure about.
• Read Safety Professional’s Reference & Study Guide (Second Edition) by W David Yates cover to cover.

After all that, the exam honestly didn’t seem too bad. There were of course a handful of questions completely out of left field that I had to take an educated guess on, but overall I felt pretty confident going through the 200 questions.

Thanks again for the great review course, Jon!
JW
Mar 25, 2016
Swing and a miss! I purchased the ASP Exam On-Line Review Course, and several books recommended (i.e. the Yates' Safety Pro. Ref. and Study Guide, Brauer's Safety & Health for Engineers, Petersen's Safety Mgt, and Occ. Safety Calculations). During the course, most of the content covered was familiar to me, some areas I had to do additional research. The pace was fast, but was able to pass the quizzes and exam. The test was a bear. I felt prepared going in, and studied the exam on-line review course material exclusively, which included the quizzes and post-course exam. My scores were in the 50-60% across all the domains.
JW
Mar 18, 2016
What a relief to see the "Pass" on the screen! In preparing, I generally used the same formula used to pass the ASP. I strongly recommend that you take the CSP Self-Assessment to get a feel for the question format. I did not use any of the practice question services (SPAN, DataChem, etc.) but think that may have been helpful. The one area that I was least prepared for was several questions related to fire protection that I did not see in any of the references that I used. Again, a big thanks to Mike Edens and the Bowen team for pointing me down the right path!
CM
Mar 9, 2016
Today I passed the CSP. A big thank you to Bowen EHS and Mike. I took the ASP/CSP prep-course in the summer of 2015. I purchased 9 Bowen practice exams and the BCSP ASP practice exam. Historically, I have not been a good test taker, so I took the approach of doing tons of practice problems. I probably did each practice exam, Bowen homework, and Bowen quizzes around 4 - 5 times each until the answers came naturally. I also took notes from the Bowen lectures and on the problems that did not seem to come easily to me, so I rewrote those notes twice.

I thought the ASP exam was easy. Out of the 200 questions, I only flagged 12 of the problems. Out of the 12, I had seen all the information before, and I only guessed on 2 questions. I felt like I would have gotten an 80-90% score. I finished the test in 3.5 hours.

I applied for my CSP immediately, and BCSP accepted my application within three days. I ended up taking the CSP 8 days after I passed the ASP. I found the CSP to be a bit challenging. Out of the 200 questions, I flagged 25 problems (the extensive math or extensive thought questions). I probably didn't truly know 15 questions on the exam, so as you can see I didn't feel as confident about this exam. I relied on my experience (engineering degree, construction, and safety) to help me through the exam, so it might have been worth me reading the Bauer text book others have mentioned. I finished the exam in 4.5 hours.
I went with my gut instinct. I did not second guess myself. If I had a thought about an answer, I went with it and moved on.

Best of luck to everyone! Thanks again to Bowen and Mike. I couldn't have done it without you.
NA
Mar 7, 2016
Oh what a relief! I thank God that I passed my CSP. I took the exam on the earlier this month and sailed through it the first attempt. I am grateful to the Bowen team for laying the foundation for me to achieve my dream. To all potential CSP test takers I strongly recommend the following strategy,it really worked for me: solve all the Bowen practice quizzes, read the Brauer book safety and health for engineers cover to cover. Get yourself the BCSP self assessment booklet and a good exam practice software ,I used the Span software and it was a tremendous help. Wishing all potential CSP test takers success in their exams!
TN
Feb 16, 2016
I passed the CSP Exam, and what a relief (and surprise) it was to see the results at the testing center and again in my e-mail!
I used the Bowen course for my CIH exam over a year ago, and used them again for the CSP last year. For the CIH I did the course, took 3 weeks of vacation, and studied nonstop to pass the CIH exam. For the CSP, I took the course, and studied whenever I could. Similar formula for the actual studying, but I think the foundation set by the CIH and CSP review courses is what helped me this time around coupled with my experience.
I encountered fewer problems requiring the calculator than I had anticipated (which is great!), and it seemed to be endless management and situational type questions. I can't give much more information about the exam, but I can say remember the basics, and draw from your experience and the experiences shared by the instructors during the review courses.
JW
Feb 9, 2016
I passed the ASP today. The test was very challenging but the preparation paid off. The preparation formula that worked for me included the Bowen ASP/CSP online prep course, working all the problems from each chapter & the Bowen online problems multiple times, reviewed class materials multiple times, some flash cards, and read in the following references: Safety & Health for Engineers (Brauer), Safety Professionals Reference & Study Guide (Yates), Fund. Of Industrial Hygiene, & Accident Prevention Manual–Admin & Programs (NSC). I also reviewed some materials online. I took the BCSP ASP Self-Assessment and found it to be very helpful. I finished the Bowen class in Nov. 2015 and went ahead and scheduled my exam for Jan to “draw that line in the sand”. Now on to applying to take the CSP.
JR
Feb 8, 2016
I passed the CSP exam this past Saturday after passing the ASP in November. It was a grueling test more so based on the fact that it took the full 6 hours to complete. There were many times throughout the exam that I admitted defeat yet had to refocus and power through which I am glad that I did!

My prep strategy was very similar to what many other posts have mentioned.
- Bowen Course (once)
- Bowen Review Notes and Homework
- Bauer Book; Suggest reading all of the 30's chapters (Safety Systems, Auditing, Training, ect.)
- Both the ASP and CSP practice exams - I used both in prepping for the CSP exam. Although the ASP questions are more direct and straight forward it is still important to understand their concepts for the CSP.
WP
Jan 27, 2016
I figured I'd drop a line and let you know that I passed the CSP yesterday, I took the ASP exam earlier in the year in the summertime. What a relief, there was quite a bit about safety/risk management and various analysis types. Thanks to Mike for being a great instructor. Also, Russell Bowen's advice to just set a date and stick to it, I think it invaluable. Yay!
VS
Jan 22, 2016
I passed the CSP today....
It was definitely an exciting experience. Less math and more logical, experience based questions in the exam. More reading in auditing, safety management, system safety, fire engineering, helps a lot.

I feel, one should quickly answer easy questions first, providing flags to unattended questions. Once cycle of easy and short questions is over, can switch over to math and lengthy questions. This technique worked well for me and was able to attend all questions. No doubt, I was still in shortage of time for few minutes.

I must appreciate Bowen team for their excellent support by providing clear guidance, lot of questions with solutions for practice (from year 2003 to till date), webinars, quizzes, etc.which really provides a very good platform for practice. Best wishes to CSP takers...!
JK
Dec 31, 2015
Passed CSP on 2nd attempt !!!
I finally passed the CSP on my second attempt. Thanks to Bowen tutors for providing me with a good platform to prepare for both ASP and CSP. I will be recommending this course to all of my friends pursuing this certification.

As far as my test...I had some repetition of questions from my first attempt including, which I was able to answer this time. Skipped all the math and lengthy questions in my first pass. Flagged all questions which I was not sure (Choose BEST answers type). As most of Bowen tutors say TIME IS YOUR ENEMY on CSP, so skip the answers which are taking too long to answer. I set ~30-35 secs for each question to answer. I did not do this in my first attempt, so had to answer about 20-40 questions in the last 20 mins. I went over all 200 questions in about 2.5 hours with approx 30-50 flagged questions. Finished the exam with 5 mins left. I still wasn't sure until they handed me my paper that said "PASS" on it!
My two cents of advice....concentrate more on Safety Management, Safety Systems, Auditing and Training. Start with Bowen materials (Lectures, Homework, Study Questions and Study Sessions Recordings) then use books/online resources to study further. I used all Bowen materials ; books like Brauer & Safety Systems Engineering and Management by Harold Roland and ASSE/Span CSP test materials (to test myself whether I am ready for the exam). Some DataChem, I would call DataChem a nice-to-have, not a must-buy.

Lastly, thank you for all the people who have posted their exam experience. It helped me a lot on were to spend more time.
Good to have my life back. Signing off 2015 with CSP.
LO
Dec 31, 2015
Thanks Bowen for all the questions that you have been posting. I have taken and passed both the ASP and the CSP exams. The lectures notes and recording from the online review that Colleen facilitated were very useful and I want to say a big thanks to her. Looking forward to a prosperous 2016.
RS
Dec 30, 2015
Passed ASP! What a relief! I I passed the ASP exam yesterday. I took the ASP prep course back in July but had to finish a class for school immediately after the course, so did not really start studying until about 30 days out from the exam. I studied only the Bowen material and dedicated about 2 hours each evening to studying. I worked through all of the practice quizzes multiple times each. I probably did each practice quiz 10-15 times, or until the formula's and math came easy. The last 10 days or so I did only the 10 question practice quiz. I did them repeatedly and would go back and work the individual exams for areas I was weak. I also used the Bowen quiz app when I was away from the computer.

I had several math questions on the exam. Most of it was management style questions in which you select the BEST answer or MOST important. I had questions on ergonomics, safety program management, and electrical safety. Be prepared for engineering economy, electrical (resistance, voltage problems), and tank/vessel pressure problems. Also, I had several that covered direct/indirect costs comprehension.

I hope all this helps anyone reading and prepping for the exam. Thank you to the Bowen crew for their course and free resources!
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