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Safety Management Exam Information

Comprehensive Examination Information

Exam Areas: Students will take tests over eight broad areas:

  • Safety Management and Philosophy
  • Hazard Awareness
  • Safety Legislation
  • Economic Aspects of Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Loss Control
  • Training
  • Industrial Hygiene Instrumentation

General Exam Information

  • Comprehensive examinations require the student to demonstrate the knowledge gained from course work in a manner that shows his/her ability to integrate ideas and write coherently. Questions are drawn from the material taught in the required courses. Students taking the all course work program are required to take comprehensive exams.
  • Students who write a problem report or a thesis DO NOT have to take Comprehensive Examinations.
  • Students may take Comprehensive Examinations during the semester that they are completing their LAST REQUIRED course.

Exam Dates Location:

  • Spring Exam is typically scheduled for third week in April
  • Fall Exam is typically scheduled for second or third week in November
  • NOTE: There are NO Summer Comprehensive Exams.

Exam Times:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Arrive/Complete Paperwork
  • 8:30 a.m. sharp!: Exam begins
  • 8:30-11:40 a.m.: Morning exam sessions
  • 11:40 a.m.: Group Photo (please dress appropriately!)
  • Noon-1:15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15-4:30 pm: Afternoon exam sessions
  • 4:30-4:45 p.m.: Complete additional paperwork

Parking Information:

  • WVU Coliseum - Free. Take the Campus Bus to the Mineral Resources Building
  • Paid Lot next to the Green House - Walk to the Mineral Resources Building
  • Paid Lot below the President's Home - Walk to the Mineral Resources Building


  • Bring a pocket calculator - optional
  • Food may be purchased at "Bits and Bytes" in the Engineering Science Building