Aviation Safety Master’s Degree Earns ‘Graduate Safety Practitioner’ Status

Graduates of Online Program Can Now Seek Prestigious GSP Designation

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s Online Master of Science in Aviation, Aviation Safety degree program has been approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program after a review by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

The approval means graduates may now apply to the Board for the GSP designation.

“We welcome Florida Institute of Technology’s exceptional safety program and those who graduate from it,” said Christy Uden, CAE, IOM, interim CEO of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. “Those who graduate from GSP Qualified Academic Programs have a strong foundation of knowledge that deserves recognition, and BCSP looks forward to supporting them in the development of their careers.”

Debbie Carstens, graduate program chair and professor, aviation human factors, said the designation adds even more value to the program for Florida Tech students. “The GSP puts students on the fast track to becoming a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), which is recognized as being the gold standard in professional safety certification.”

The GSP meets the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional certification, allowing those who hold the designation to waive the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification examination. It demonstrates accomplishment and commitment to professional development.

To receive the GSP Qualified Academic Program designation, Florida Tech’s program was reviewed by BCSP and demonstrated a substantial match to the ASP exam blueprint. Any person having graduated from Florida Tech with a Master of Science in Aviation, Aviation Safety may now apply for the GSP designation within the program’s applicable dates as it appears on the QAP list.

Learn more about Florida Tech’s Aviation Safety program here and find additional details on the GSP at www.bcsp.org/gsp.

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