Biological Safety Professional Registration Procedures



Please read these instructions and the Procedures for Registration thoroughly before completing the application. The documentation you provide serves as the basis for the Examining Board's evaluation. If the application is incomplete, it will be returned to you.

Allow ample time for your application and supporting reference questionnaires and academic transcripts to reach the Examining Board. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application and all supporting documentation is sent to the Examining Board.


  1. Draft Application: Prepare a draft copy of the application and keep it for your records
  2. Academic Transcripts: Academic transcripts are required to receive credit for your education. Transcript fees when required by the institution are to be paid by the applicant.
    1. Certified transcripts must be provided by the college or university directly to the Examining Board (student copies or other copies are not acceptable).
      1. Allow sufficient time for the transcripts to arrive (some institutions take 6-8 weeks to process transcript requests). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that transcripts are submitted on time.
      2. If you are substituting experience for education and you are not having transcripts sent to the Board, write "NO" in the column entitled "Transcript Requested." If there is no entry in this column, it will be assumed that transcripts were requested.
    2. For an applicant providing transcripts from a college or university outside the US and Canada, verification of the degree program including a detailed course-by-course report in English will be required. Any evaluation company accepted by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( is acceptable to evaluate academic credentials.
  3. Professional References: A minimum of two references are required to be completed and returned using the attached Professional Reference Questionnaire (MS WORD 631KB). One reference must be your current supervisor or, if you are a full-time graduate student at the time of application, a professor from your major discipline. If you are self-employed, it should be from someone familiar with your professional biological safety experience. The second reference may be anyone familiar with your biological safety experience.
    1. Be certain to list on the application only those references who will be submitting reference questionnaires.
    2. One reference must be the individual listed in the experience form as your current supervisor, except as indicated above for students or self-employed individuals.
    3. Provide blank reference questionnaires and return envelopes to all the references listed on your application.
    4. Allow sufficient time for your references to complete and submit their questionnaires. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that reference questionnaires arrive on time.
    5. The Examining Board may request additional references, if circumstances dictate.
  4. Professional Biological Safety Experience Form: Beginning with your present assignment, show a history of your safety career to date, accounting for all time during the last 15 years (or to your earliest employment, if less than 15 years) including any breaks or lapses in your safety experience.
    1. Provide sufficient details summarizing each position. Do not use this space merely to refer to an attachment, although you may use attachments to support your position summary.
    2. Complete a separate block for each position held, provide an estimate of the percentage of your time devoted to biological safety responsibilities.
  5. Final Copy: The final copy of your application for submission must be typewritten.
  6. Signature: Be certain that your signature appears at the bottom of page 2 of the application.
  7. Application Fee: The non-refundable application fee must be attached to the application (check or money order for $75 U.S. dollars drawn on a U. S. Bank, made payable to: American Biological Safety Association).

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