CIH Program Benefits Industrial Hygiene Professionals Worldwide
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) administers the internationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®) program.
For many industrial hygiene professionals who are considering taking the CIH exam next year, one question that is often asked is how will becoming a CIH impact my career. To help answer this important question, ABIH began asking CIHs to share their personal stories about the ways the certification has changed their professional lives.
Many CIHs have responded and their stories are regularly posted to the ABIH website. Recent inclusions include the three following separate excerpts:
- My CIH credential helped me greatly in transitioning from my military career back to my civilian career. During my job hunt, I received five job offers. In fact, the CIH credential was one of the selection criteria for my current position. The CIH designation helped open up more doors. In my case, I had five jobs to choose from. My experiences are testimonies of the CIH factor. The CIH designation lets employers and customers know you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile. I highly recommend anyone who chooses industrial hygiene as his or her career to become a CIH.
- I received my CIH over 25 years ago and within 1 year of passing the exam, I accepted a new position with a new major oil company supporting all of North America Upstream operations. My old job was a dead end for my career and I was not respected. Without that certification I’m convinced I never would have had that opportunity. Since then I have stayed with that company and have moved 3 times and been promoted 5 times and am a Health/Industrial Hygiene Team Leader for a Region. CIH has gone from “nice to have” to “must have” in my company since my company has stressed the importance of “competency” assessments.
- I am really glad I have my CIH because it has a level of credibility associated with it that no matter how long or hard you work in the industry folks can rarely attain. It allows me opportunities for employment that otherwise I would not even be considered for and also adds a level of professional integrity that is unsurpassed.
To read the full stories and those submitted by other CIHs, please visit: www.abih.org/real_stories
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and what becoming a CIH can do for those in the industrial hygiene profession, or to locate a CIH to perform industrial hygiene services, 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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