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B.S. in Construction Safety Receives QAP Approval by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Capitol Technology University received Qualified Academic Program (QAP) approval from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) for its online Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Safety.

“I am excited to see the university not only accomplish the distinction of becoming a BCSP QAP, but also for having the only completely online Construction Safety bachelor’s degree program in the country,” said Dr. Linda Martin, a recent alumna of Capitol Technology University’s PhD program in Occupational Safety and Health.

Since 1969, BCSP has been setting and certifying the technical competency criteria for safety, health, and environmental practitioners.  Since its inception, many practitioners have joined as pioneers, improving safety practice by meeting the challenge of achieving and maintaining quality, accredited safety certification, also known as “The Gold Standard.”

What does it mean to be a QAP? 

A Qualified Academic Program (QAP) is an academic degree program in safety, health, and the environment (SH&E) whose required course curriculum has been reviewed by BCSP and has been found to be a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint.  Graduates of a QAP are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP designation that allows for candidates to apply to sit for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) examination once all other eligibility requirements are met. This certification pathway is only available to graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP QAP standards.

What are the benefits to a student who becomes a GSP?

There are numerous benefits for obtaining the GSP designation, including:

  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice;
  • Recognition for being on a path toward the CSP certification;
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility;
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation;
  • Inclusion in the BCSP Credential Holder Directory and a digital badge; and
  • Access to the BCSP Career Center.

Beginning in fall 2020, the B.S. in Construction Safety at Capitol Technology University is only offered in an online 8-week asynchronous format at a standard rate of $450 per credit hour for civilians and $250 per credit hour for active duty military. The program is designed to meet not only the QAP requirements, but is also constructed with a highly transfer credit friendly degree curriculum. 

“This is yet another degree we are offering to meet industry needs,” says Dr. Brad Sims, President of Capitol Tech. “The B.S. in Construction Safety fits our university philosophy of providing our students with pathways to great careers.”

Capitol’s undergraduate degrees have a year-to-year placement rate over 80% and within 90 days of graduation.  Capitol is so successful that it provides the “Capitol Commitment” to undergraduate students which guarantees that students who don’t receive a job offer within 90 days of graduation, will receive up to 36 additional undergraduate credits from Capitol — tuition free — while they continue their job search.

To learn more about Capitol’s degree programs in Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure, contact