Regina Baker, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence safety specialist, recently earned the credentials of Certified Safety Professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. She is now one of a few safety professionals to hold this certification.
According to Oscar Powers, MSCoE safety director, Baker is one of only three DoD professionals in the state of Missouri and one of four throughout the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command to have this certification. Powers said there are only about 10,000 CSPs currently in the entire safety professional industry.
The certification culminates with a 200-question, five-hour exam and is recognized by the Professions Office of Personnel Management.
Baker said the process started with her attending a one-week preparation course offered by the Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, to determine if she was at a place in her career where she was ready take on such a rigorous test.
“After I took the course, I made the decision that I was going to do whatever it took to earn this certification,” Baker said.
She said the test covers a myriad of domains such as safety, health, concepts of probability, statistics, engineering, occupational health, fire protection, applied management principles and legal/regulatory and professional affairs. Baker said she began studying for her February test date in December.
“I put every bit of my free time into preparing and studying for this exam,” Baker said. “This accreditation was difficult, and it is a great honor for me to hold the certification of being a CSP.”
Powers said earning the certification not only increases one’s professional credibility, it also means a safer working environment for the Fort Leonard Wood community.
“Safety issues have become more complex and today’s safety professionals must continually increase their knowledge base,” Powers said. “BCSP credential holders are among the most highly trained, educated and experienced individuals in the safety field.”
Baker said she takes her responsibility seriously, and her new skills will help her in coaching, teaching and mentoring leaders and instructors across the installation.