Laser Safety Focus – The Value of Becoming a Certified Laser Safety Officer

As we prepare to celebrate National Safety Month in June, we want to highlight the importance of laser safety with a series of laser safety focused blogs starting this month. One of LIA’s missions includes fostering laser safety worldwide. We do so by offering online, classroom & in-house laser safety courses. To learn more, click here.

clsoAre you looking for ways to show your commitment to a higher standard of laser safety?

Do you want to prove to your current or future employer that you possess the knowledge to lead a laser safety program?


If this sounds like you, read on to find out more about the Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) exam offered by the Board of Laser Safety (BLS).

“For professionals working around lasers, becoming certified by the Board of Laser Safety (BLS) is one of the highest credentials a laser safety officer (LSO) can earn,” said Laser Focus World Magazine.

LIA collaborates with BLS to enhance laser safety professionals’ knowledge and commitment to laser safety. The BLS is a non-profit, whose mission is to provide a means for improvement in the practice of laser safety by providing opportunities for the education, assessment, and recognition of laser safety professionals.

LIA’s Laser Safety Officer with Hazard Analysis (LSO with HA) training satisfies one of four CLSO exam requirements. A 3-hour pen and paper CLSO exam is offered immediately after the conclusion of most LSO with HA training courses. The CLSO exam is also available as a computer-based exam, which is offered at testing locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.LSO-Become-Certified

With the ever-growing demand for laser safety professionals and the competitive nature of roles within this field, determining how you will stand out among candidates in your career is imperative. LSO certification can be a pivotal resource for those looking to better complete the tasks in their current role or gain security in their current position and move into a position of more responsibility.

Certification is designed for those who are working in a role as a Laser Safety Officer (LSO) or a position supporting an LSO. Whether you work in a military, research, technical, or industrial application of laser use, this certification will show that you are equipped with the knowledge and ability to manage a laser safety program.board-laser-safety

Once certified, you must attain 10 certification maintenance (CM) points over each 3-year certification cycle in order to renew your certification. LIA offers many opportunities for CM points. You can gain these points by attending our International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC), taking select LIA courses or volunteering for various laser safety publication projects.


If you are interested in becoming certified, visit or call 407-985-3810.