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CCPS introduces new professional designation for process safety

| By Scott Jenkins

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE; New York; has established a new professional designation for engineers and practitioners working in the chemicals, petrochemicals and affiliated industries. Becoming a CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional exhibits an employee’s proficiency in, and ongoing commitment to, process safety principles and practices. It also allows chemical industry employers to verify that employees are trained and invested in the latest process safety techniques and knowledge.

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

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 scheduled for July 11- 18 and Nov. 7-14. The tests will be peer reviewed by certified process safety professionals using standardized criteria.

For more information about the CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional designation, visit