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FUTURE-FORWARD

We are very pleased to announce that the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) has created a new, high-level organizational umbrella called the Board for Global EHS Credentialing®  (BGC® ) to more accurately reflect our enhanced credential offerings, which include the Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®), Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®), Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®), and a Product Stewardship credential, which is currently in development.

Our Mission

To be the leader in offering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals practicing the science of protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment.

Our Vision

The Board for Global EHS Credentialing is recognized worldwide for establishing and administering credentials that set the standards of proficiency and ethics for professionals who practice the science of protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions and their answers are provided in response to the announcement about ABIH® and IPEP® using the umbrella name, Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®) .  Nothing that affects you as a diplomate has changed.   Please learn about our suite of credentials, spread the word about our umbrella name with your colleagues, and add/share on social media feeds.

What is the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC)?
The Board for Global EHS Credentialing is the premier global credentialing body for professionals who protect the health of people and the environment. We elevate expectations of professionals in their respective fields through our rigorous, reliable and valid credentialing process. Our credentials demonstrate our Diplomates’ commitment and ability to practice at the highest level.

Why are ABIH and IPEP using the name BGC?
Our umbrella  name accurately reflects our diverse range credential offerings, which include the Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®), Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®), Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®), and a Product Stewardship credential, which is currently in development.

Will ABIH or IPEP be going away?
No.  The names American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) and Institute of Professional Environmental Practice® (IPEP®) will continue to be used to identify credentialing divisions and activities under BGC’s organizational umbrella.

Have the missions of the organizations changed?
Our mission has not changed, but the wording of our mission statement has been updated as follows:

To be the leader in offering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals practicing the science of protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment.

Will our credential(s) be affected?
No.  None of the credentials (CIH & QEP) or designations (EPI) will be affected. 

Will the content of ABIH or IPEP exams be changing?
No. Neither the content of our exams nor the exam blueprints will change.

Have there been changes to the board?
No.

Has the organization’s office moved or contact information changed?
No.

Is there anything I should do?
To make sure that you receive information in a timely manner, please keep your contact information current in your ABIH CAPS portfolio or your IPEP Member Portal. We will also post information on social medial channels.

Industrial Hygiene

The Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®) exam is the global standard for certification in industrial hygiene or occupational health. CIHs protect the health and safety of workers and the public by identifying and investigating chemical, physical, biological, or ergonomic hazards and suggesting plans to eliminate or minimize them. Practitioners must meet education and work-experience requirements to pass a rigorous exam, practice ethically, and keep their knowledge and skills up to date. For more information or to apply, visit www.ABIH.org.

Environmental

The Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®) is for environmental practitioners with demonstrated multi-media work experience, who have passed the General Environmental Science exam and the Qualified Environmental Professional exam, a rigorous evaluation of scientific knowledge and expertise in one of four selected areas: 1) Air Quality, 2) Water Quality, 3) Waste Management, or 4) Environmental Science, Management, and Policy. Individuals who pass must commit to on-going professional development and a code of ethical conduct. For more information or to apply, visit www.IPEP.org.

Product Stewardship

Product stewardship is the responsible management of the health, safety, and environmental aspects of products throughout their life cycle and across the value chain to prevent or minimize negative impacts and maximize value. The new credential will establish a common framework to define the profession of product stewardship and provide product stewards with the opportunity to demonstrate their professional competence.

Contact Us

Board for Global EHS Credentialing
6005 W St. Joe Hwy Ste 300, Lansing MI, 48917 USA
+1 (517) 321-2638 phone
+1 (517) 321-4624 fax

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern

info@ehscredentialing.org

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