After an initial beta exam launch from October 30, 2019 to December 17, 2019, the ASP10 exam is now officially available for test-takers beginning in quarter one of 2020. We explain all the changes that came with the new edition.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals® (BCSP®) is now offering the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP10) exam in 2020 outside of the initial beta launch that took place in late 2019.

Every five years, or more often if necessary, the BCSP® revalidates all certification examinations. During the revalidation process, a new blueprint is created that reflects the consensus of the profession as to the key elements a minimally qualified candidate must possess to be deemed competent. In late 2019, the BCSP® updated the ASP® exam with a new content outline and examination blueprint.

Here are the respective outlines for the ASP9 and ASP 10 to showcase the changes:

Outdated ASP9 Examination Blueprint

Domain 1: Mathematics (18%)
Domain 2: Safety Management Systems (23%)
Domain 3: Ergonomics (13%)
Domain 4: Fire Prevention and Protection (11%)
Domain 5: Occupational Health (11%)
Domain 6: Environmental Management (15%)
Domain 7: Training, Education, and Communication (9%)

New ASP10 Examination Blueprint

Domain 1: Advanced Sciences and Math (11.55%)
Domain 2: Safety Management Systems (17.22%)
Domain 3: Ergonomics (9%)
Domain 4: Fire Prevention and Protection (10.66%)
Domain 5: Emergency Response Management (ERM) (9.57)
Domain 6: Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health (12.59%)
Domain 7: Environmental Management (8.68%)
Domain 8: Training, Education, and Communication (12.35%)
Domain 9: Law and Ethics (8.38)

ASP9 vs. ASP10 Domain Changes

Overall, a significant amount of the general concepts identified in the current blueprint carried over to the new blueprint. The new blueprint removes tasks and presents the content in the form of knowledge and skill statements.

Two new domains were added and some of the content in these domains were shifted from existing domains while some were newly added content.

  • Domain 5: Emergency Response Management (ERM)
  • Domain 9: Law and Ethics

Weights (percentages) of most of the existing seven domains decreased.

Weights (percentages) of two domains increased and one domain was expanded.

  • Domain 6 increased in weight with the addition of industrial hygiene concepts.
  • Domain 8 increased in weight and added content focusing on safety culture/climate.
  • Domain 2 was expanded to include new content focused on machine guarding, powered industrial vehicles, and scaffolding.

How has Pocket Prep Addressed the BCSP® ASP10 Changes?

Pocket Prep has already updated the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) exam prep app to reflect the new ASP10 Examination Blueprint. We also added 200 new questions to our prep content for a total of 700 ASP® practice questions!

*Disclaimer: Pocket Prep, Inc. is not affiliated with or endorsed by the BCSP®. Accordingly, the BCSP® makes no representations regarding the content of Pocket Prep, Inc. materials. All organizational and test names are trademarks of their respective owners.