Requirements for CPSE®

Process safety addresses the reduction in the risk from catastrophic accidents posed by facilities that handle hazardous materials. Companies must protect employees, the public and the environment, as well as prevent damage to their facilities, process equipment, and company reputations. There are many aspects of process safety that must be addressed. It essential that the people responsible be competent to ensure risks are managed properly.

This certification is intended for a process safety professional who routinely takes responsibility for multiple aspects of process safety including those that are more complex.  An Expert has a minimum of ten years of relevant experience and performs work in process safety frequently.  This professional has advanced knowledge and abilities in process safety, for example, how to address process safety culture.

Primacert expects that a Certified Process Safety Expert using the designation CPSE® can demonstrate competency by meeting the following requirements:


Academic Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant technical discipline. At a minimum, degree includes three years relevant, full-time tertiary education.


  • A minimum of ten years of recent and relevant work experience.


  • In addition to the training required for the practitioner and specialist levels, successful completion within the last three years of training courses that address understanding of the following topics:
    • Process Safety Culture
    • Human Factors for Process Safety
    • Process Safety Metrics


  • Two references from supervisor / manager / peer who can attest to academic qualifications, work experience and professional ethics.



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