CCPS Process Safety Certification Created

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 05:06 PM gHale


The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) created a new professional designation for engineers and practitioners working in the chemicals, petrochemicals and affiliated industries.

The new designation is the CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional, which should show an employee’s proficiency in, and ongoing commitment to, process safety principles and practices.

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It also allows chemical industry employers to verify employees have training and are knowledgeable in the latest process safety techniques.

The designation process, which involves independent study and an online examination, comes from decades of best practices and expertise in process safety documented by CCPS and its international network of engineering professionals and industrial process safety experts.

“The designation represents progress toward the center’s goal of broadening process safety knowledge around the world,” said Shakeel Kadri, executive director of CCPS.

“The rigorous credentialing process will indicate to our industry stakeholders – who are in search of qualified process safety professionals – that the designee has acquired a foundation and basic level of experience in process safety management, and is committed to advancing his or her capabilities in this field,” Kadri said.

Application to become a CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional is open to holders of a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), who also have five years of professional experience working with process safety components and concepts.

Application also is open to non-STEM degree holders with at least 10 years of similar professional experience. Anyone with a CCPS certified process safety professional designation must maintain their status by accumulating annual Professional Development Hours in process safety, and paying an annual renewal fee.

Candidates can apply and begin preparation for the CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional exam at any time. For 2016, online testing periods are July 11-18 and Nov. 7-14. The tests will be peer reviewed by certified process safety professionals using standardized criteria.

Click here for more information about the CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional designation.

CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries.