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Certification Maintenance Program Guidance for Certified Industrial Hygienists

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) offers a three-part Certification Maintenance (CM) program orientation to explain requirements.


Lansing, MI – WEBWIRE

For those who have gone through the comprehensive process to become a CIH®, it’s important to fully understand how the CM program operates.

With the Fall Exam window underway for those pursuing the Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®) credential, it’s important for those who successfully pass the exam and all certification requirements to fully understand the ABIH® Certification Maintenance (CM) program.
 
The purpose of the CM program is to ensure that Diplomates develop and enhance their professional-level industrial hygiene knowledge and skills during the time that they are certified by ABIH®. To demonstrate continuing competence, each Diplomate is required to participate in the CM program, which allows for either re-examination or participation in education and professional activities. Diplomates may continue to maintain their broad knowledge in all of the IH rubrics or they may choose to focus their career development and expertise on a subset, becoming specialists in one or more health hazard areas. The CM program allows for this diversity because it is reflective of the broad field of industrial hygiene itself.
 
For new CIHs, understanding how the Certification Maintenance program works is essential for maintaining certification throughout their careers. There are requirements to accrue CM credits and submit a worksheet detailing them at the end of each 5 year CM cycle.  To help explain the CM program, ABIH® has created a three-part series of presentations to describe 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.  Presentations include:

  • Part 1 – Key CM Dates
  • Part 2 – Earning CM Credits
  • Part 3 – The CM Worksheet Review

 
“For those who have gone through the comprehensive process to become a CIH®, it’s important to fully understand how the CM program operates,” said David Roskelley, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®.  “The series of short online presentations clearly define the process, particularly for new CIHs, but the information also makes for a great refresher for everyone in the program.”
 
The three presentations, a Certification Maintenance Program Handbook and other helpful CM documents can all be found at:  http://abih.org/document-library.
 
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential 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 organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is the premier credentialing body responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6800 people in 32 countries are certified to use the CIH® designation.


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