What is Certification

The BLS offers two types of certification. The first type is called Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) and is intended for professionals who are working with lasers in a scientific, manufacturing, or industrial environment. Our second type is called Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO) and is intended for professionals who are working with lasers in any medical environment.

Working in laser safety can be highly competitive, and becoming certified can help you stand out from other job candidates. At the same time, becoming certified adds a higher level of credibility to your “on-the-job” experience. The combination of laser safety experience and certification demonstrates to current and potential employers that you are accomplished and qualified in the field.

“BLS certification demonstrates to the public, colleagues, and employers one’s qualifications and proficiencies,” states Barbara Sams, executive director, Board of Laser Safety. “It identifies the individual as an LSO who has achieved a specific level of knowledge and expertise, and possesses a higher level of commitment to the industry. It enhances the LSO’s credibility as the authoritative individual responsible for the facility’s laser safety program.”

Detailed information about each of these programs such as exam requirements and information, fees, areas of practice, and certification maintenance can be found on this website.

Due to health concerns, the spring CLSO/CMLSO exam is being cancelled and the 2020 DOE workshop has been postponed. The fall exam will be held be held prior to the 2020 DOE workshop on August 17th, 2020. Our office team is working remotely and ready to assist you during our regular business hours!

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