Requirements for CPSP®

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 is ready to take responsibility for one or more aspects of process safety. A Practitioner has a minimum of one year of relevant experience. This level of certification indicates that the professional has the knowledge and understanding to design and/or implement aspects of a process safety program.

Primacert expects that a Certified Process Safety Practitioner using the designation CPSP® 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.
  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may contact PCS to inquire about alternative qualifications.


  • A minimum of one year of recent and relevant work experience.


  • Successful completion within the last three years of a training course designed to teach participants the elements of a risk-based process safety management system, such as Primatech's Comprehensive Process Safety Management for Facility Personnel.


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



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