Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP)

List of Credentialed Biosafety Professionals
Professional Credentials in Biosafety brochure(PDF 1MB)
Credential Maintenance Program (RBP/CBSP)
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Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP)

Certification as a Biological Safety Professional is available via an examination, developed by members of the ABSA and administered by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists [NRCM]. Application requirements for the examination include submittal of transcripts, references and work history. Applicants now apply online and schedule their examinations at testing centers worldwide. Certification is a valuable step in professional development; the recipients are internationally recognized as having sufficient knowledge and experience to qualify as a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology (SM[NRCM]). Upon successful completion of the NRCM examination, individuals can apply to ABSA for the designation of Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP).

Advanced Biosafety Training Series

These online modules target intermediate to advanced biosafety professionals designed for those studying for the SM(NRCM) exam. Each module will cover the essential elements of information formerly covered in the ABSA Certification Review Course at a level appropriate for those preparing to take the exam.

  • Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification: Infectious Agents, rDNA & Occupational Health Issues
  • Regulatory Aspects Pertinent to Risk Assessment: NIH Guidelines, Select Agents & Animal Biosafety
  • Facility Design & Large Scale Biosafety Issues
  • Disinfection, Decontamination & Sterilization
  • Work Practices, Equipment Biohazards and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Equipment, Biological Safety Cabinets & Bioaerosols
  • Regulatory Aspects, Standards, Guidelines, Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) & Emergency Response

For more information or to register go to www.absa.org/educbsp.html

ABSA requires all applicants for the CBSP to meet the following experience requirements:

The term "Biosafety Program Management" does not require service as the single biosafety officer, or as the sole person overseeing the program. Service as a member of a biosafety or EHS staff with significant biosafety responsibilities will qualify. Work in a lab writing biosafety SOPs does not qualify as service.

PLEASE NOTE: THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN THOSE SPECIFIED BY NRCM. IN ORDER TO ATTAIN A CBSP CERTIFICATION, YOU MUST BOTH PASS THE NRCM EXAMINATION AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS NOTED HERE.

ABSA will review the experience qualifications of all candidates who pass the NRCM examination and who apply for CBSP credentialing to determine whether they also meet the ABSA CBSP experience requirements.

NRCM has identified courses which may satisfy the microbiology credit hours requirements. (see below)

National Registry of Certified Microbiologists

Eligibility Requirements

The deadline for the NRCM application is February 1.
Additional information can be found on the NRCM website at http://www.microbiologycert.org/nrcm.asp

NRCM Biosafety Exam Content (Domains)

NRCM Application Information and Application Form


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