CPSO (Certified Patient Safety Officer) Certification

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers, also known as BCHCM, was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit independent credentialing organization. The Board also establishes certification and re-certification requirements for following credentials in addition to the Certified Patient Safety Officer (CPSO). The Board operates as an independent professional credentialing organization that is not affiliated with any other membership group, association, or lobbying body. The Board exists solely for the purpose of issuing individual certifications to qualified candidates. Our mission is to 'Upgrade the Profession' by offering real world and practical certifications.


Certified Patient Safety Officer (CPSO) Background

The Board developed the CPSO credential to meet a need for a practical but professional certification in patient safety. The CPSO program certified the first 12 candidates in 2006. Current CPSO credential holders include healthcare executives, risk managers, quality improvement coordinators, nursing leaders, safety directors, patient safety officers, consultants, physicians, pharmacy personnel, infection prevention coordinator and other qualified healthcare or medical professionals. The Board's patient safety exam addresses competencies across the continuum of care including clinical, support, administrative, best practices, patient safety goals, and related research. The exam focuses on organizational culture, systems methodologies, effective communication, and coordination/promotion of patient safety-related initiatives. Candidates must demonstrate on the challenging exam their understanding of the concepts and principles vital to patient safety progress and innovation.

CPSO Exam Outline