Engineering Technology program helps expedite credential -NIU Today

Engineering Technology students in the Industrial Management Technology, Environmental Health and Safety program can waive the initial exam and apply directly for the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation upon graduation.

After review and audit, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals has approved NIU’s B.S. in Engineering Technology-Industrial Management & Technology, Environmental Health & Safety (ET-IMT-EHS) program as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP).

With the Qualified Academic Program recognition, NIU students graduating from the ET-IMT program will meet the credential requirement in the pathway toward the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), considered the “gold standard” in safety certification. NIU’s ET-IMT Environmental Health & Safety program is now one of only 118 Qualified Academic Programs at 80 institutions to receive this recognition.

With the Quality Academic Program recognition, NIU EHS program graduates can waive the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exam (a first-level certification) and apply directly for the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation within one year of graduation.

The QAP Coordinator for the NIU program Dr William Mills, associate professor in the Engineering Technology Department, commented this designation “can be a real differentiator for new graduates entering the industry for the first time or those seeking a position internationally.”

Two years in the making, the engineering technology program received notice in October 2022 of its status approval and upgrade, providing the ET-IMT Environmental Health & Safety program with programmatic, regional and international recognition as a Quality Academic Program.

Dr Mills “would like to thank engineering faculty and curriculum committee for their ideas and input into the course, areas of study and programmatic changes necessary to make this recognition possible”.

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