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soccergrl1234

Credentials vs. on-the-job training
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:43:37 AM »
Is it more important for you to receive a variety of safety credentials or should you focus more on on-the-job training to break into the safety field?  Why?




shanari

Re: Credentials vs. on-the-job training
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 08:25:34 AM »
Of the two safety credentialing organizations that I am aware of, the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), both require certain educational and experience requirements. As a result, experience in the OSH industry and on-the-job training are extremely important if anyone want to obtain a safety credential.

Some mistakenly think a safety certificate is the same as a safety credential. Safety certificates typically "certify" that someone has completed safety training, but does not certify someone to actually do something. Safety training certificates can also help individuals trying to break into the safety field, but I would always recommend individuals get as much experience on-the-job in addition.

Long answer short: a combination of safety credentials, safety certificates, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences are all important for someone trying to move forward in an OSH career. 
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org


toddsbiyj

Re: Credentials vs. on-the-job training
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2015, 02:39:25 PM »
There is somewhat of a grey area here;
If you have credentials but no experience, it will show when you get to the worksite.
If you have experience but no credentials, you may very well be overlooked for furture positions/responsibilities.

Both of the previously mentioned credentialling agencies are great. Also you may want to check out www.NEBOSH.org.uk if you have interests in international safety work.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

shanari

Re: Credentials vs. on-the-job training
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2015, 09:20:32 AM »
Since Todd is probably too modest, I'll post this here for him  :)

http://wp.hsepress.com/2015/02/safety-expert/

This article covers what it means to be a safety expert and covers this topic really well.
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

chadclifford7

Re: Credentials vs. on-the-job training
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 09:25:41 AM »
"Long answer short: a combination of safety credentials, safety certificates, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences are all important for someone trying to move forward in an OSH career. "

I could not agree with this more!  Education and experience give you the background to sit for credentialing exams.  More so, they give you the tools necessary to be successful in taking the exam(s).  With credentialing, you become more marketable as an asset. 
Chad Clifford, ASHM

Aaronrek

Credentials vs on the job training
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 08:00:10 AM »
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