New CIHs Offered Helpful Tips & Guidance for Earning Certification Maintenance Credits
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) administers the internationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®) program.
ABIH developed the series of short online presentations to clearly define the process, particularly for new CIHs, but the information also makes for a great refresher for everyone in the program.
Earlier this month, the Fall Exam window opened for Applicants working towards earning their CIH certification. Administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the current exam window runs through the last day of November. Within the industrial hygiene profession, successfully passing the Certified Industrial Hygienist examination and all of the other requirements to become certified is a major milestone for many. The certification provides professionals with recognition and often opens many new career opportunities for advancement.
For new CIHs, understanding how the Certification Maintenance (CM) system works is essential for maintaining their certification. CIHs are required to accrue CM points and submit a worksheet detailing the points at the end of each CM cycle. CM cycles are 60 months and CIHs can earn credits that come from a variety of categories, including: IH Practice, Committee Service, Publications, Education, Teach & Present, Exam and Other.
To help new CIHs, and existing Diplomates who need a refresher on CM requirements, ABIH has created a three-part series of presentations that explain the process and all of the necessary requirements. The online presentations can be found in the ABIH Document Library in the “New CIH Orientation” section. The presentations include:
· Part 1 – Key Dates in the CM Cycle
· Part 2 – Earning CM Credits
· Part 3 – The CM Worksheet Review
“After going through the comprehensive process to become a CIH, it’s important to fully understand how to earn and report CM credits,” said Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at ABIH. “ABIH developed the series of short online presentations to clearly define the process, particularly for new CIHs, but the information also makes for a great refresher for everyone in the program.”
The presentations and other helpful certification documents can be found at: http://abih.org/document-library.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the accredited CIH program or to locate a Certified Industrial Hygienist in a specific geographical region, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.
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