Why is certification important?
Certification refers to an assessment process that determines if a person possesses relevant experience, education, skills, job practice, and knowledge required to perform in a field or scope requiring professional competence. Certification relates to an ongoing process that validates continuing competence substantiated by continued professional job practice and professional development achievements. Certification goes beyond the scope of earning a wall-certificate that signifies competency in a limited topic or subject area. Organizations that understand the elements of professional certification want to employ individuals who can make contributions to organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Employers should recognize that persons who meet stringent certification requirements established by third party credentialing organizations bring value to their organization and everyone they serve. Certification standards established by a third party entity requires individuals to meet established criteria including passing a reliable examination. Certifying bodies require credential holders to meet competency requirements for continued certification including ethical practice and meeting recertification requirements. Earning a certification speaks volumes about you as professional in your field. Certification entails professional growth and continuous learning. Consider five key reasons to earn your certification:
1. Expand your knowledge and scope of job practice.
2. Improve qualifications for a position that demands excellence.
3. Provide value to your organization and increase earning potential.
4. Receive recognition and build your reputation in your field of practice.
5. Increase your professional standing and move ahead of your competition.
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Established in 1978, the CHSP serves as the premiere and definitive healthcare safety credential. The CHSP led the way in the development of healthcare safety as a profession for more than 40 years. CHSP credential holders come from a various healthcare backgrounds including safety, security, occupational health, nursing, administration, risk management, quality improvement, facility management, hazardous material management, emergency management, fire safety, biomedical services, patient safety, infection control, and environmental services. CHSP holders continue to make a difference in helping their organizations maintain proactive and visible safety efforts that protect patients, visitors, families, staff, vendors, and practitioners. If you have healthcare safety responsibilities, you need to put this professional credential designation behind your name. Holding the CHSP credential indicates your dedication to professional practice and identifies you as true professional in the scope of healthcare safety.
Founded in 1976, CHCM credential holders come from a variety of organizational and industry backgrounds. CHCM is the oldest certification that focuses on using management techniques to help protect people, resources, and environment. The application of hazard control principles can help eliminate and control unsafe and hazardous conditions in any. Managers, leaders, and supervisors must deal with unsafe behaviors and workplace hazards detrimental to people, property, and the environment. CHCM candidates should have experience in management, human relations, communicative skills, and analytical abilities. Candidates should also have a working knowledge of compliance and consensus standards in their areas of expertise along with hazard control techniques and processes to make a difference in the organizations in which they serve. CHCM credential holders serve in a variety of organizational settings including but not limited construction, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, oil and gas, healthcare, education, and government. Earning the CHCM credential signifies a commitment to upgrading the professions of safety, health, and hazard control.
The CPSO founded in 2006 was the first professional certification dedicated entirely to patient safety. CPSO holders come from a variety of healthcare backgrounds including patient safety, nursing, risk management, quality improvement, and other clinical services. CPSO credential holders make a difference in promoting, coordinating, and leading their organizations in proactive patient safety efforts. The CPSO exam addresses real world topics across the spectrum of patient safety issues including culture, communication, clinical issues, patient safety history, patient care challenges, organizational risks, process improvement, reliability concepts, leadership, environmental safety, emergency management, environment of care issues, occupational safety impacting patient care, pandemics, and personal protective equipment. Earning the CPSO demonstrates a professional commitment to making a difference in patient lives and upgrading healthcare organizational systems and processes that prevents harm. Earning the CPSO sends the message that patients do matter and are always more than just a number or a healthcare statistic.
The CHEP is a real-world healthcare emergency management certification. CHEP credential holders serve in or work with a variety healthcare organizations including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, public health, coalitions, and first response agencies. Hospital CHEP holders come from a variety of functions such as emergency management, safety, security, occupational health, nursing, risk management, quality improvement, facility management, infection control, and environmental services. CHEP holders make a difference in helping their organizations maintain proactive, responsive, and flexible emergency management efforts to protect patients, visitors, families, staff, vendors, and practitioners during times of emergencies, disasters, and pandemics. The CHEP serves as the premiere credential for those serving in vital areas of healthcare emergency management. Earning the CHEP signifies a professional commitment to excellence and demonstrates a personal dedication to serving and protecting in areas of emergency management and disaster preparedness.
The CHFSP focuses on the importance of using management principles to improve the fire and life safety status of healthcare facilities. The exam content was developed with the assistance of practicing healthcare fire safety professionals. Exam materials comes from appropriate NFPA sources, other consensus standards, accreditation standards, CMS requirements, and professional fire safety books or journals. If you have any responsibilities for fire or life safety, consider adding the CHFSP to your resume or qualification profile.
Launched in 2014, the CEDP addresses the understanding of real-world emergency and disaster management preparedness planning, incident response, mitigation efforts, and recovery actions. CEDP credential holders come from a variety backgrounds including private sectors, businesses, hospitals, healthcare facilities, public health organizations, municipalities, counties, emergency management agencies, emergency coalitions, law enforcement, fire response, first responders, military personnel, and all types of governmental agencies at local, state, and federal levels. The CEDP would be appropriate for anyone with responsibilities and related to emergency and disaster management. The exam addresses concepts and principles related to protecting people, property, and resources during times of emergencies, disasters, and pandemics.
For more than 30 years, the CPSM has served as a real-world certification for anyone involved in any aspect of product safety management and compliance. The CPSM focuses on effective management practices and system methods needed to improve product safety. The exam stresses the importance of identifying, evaluating hazards, and reducing risks involving development, manufacture, distribution, and maintenance of products of all types during their total life cycle. Product safety management has world-wide implications because of a global economy. The CPSM credential is must for anyone working in a product safety environment including those with responsibilities in traditional settings and emerging fields such as medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical equipment, electronics, import/export companies, and third party consulting.
Nursing is a high calling and the largest profession in healthcare. CHSN holders can improve safety at the sharp end of the care spectrum. The CHSN credential provides motivated nurses to earn a certification that can be worthwhile to personal professional development and to the organizations in which they serve. The CHSN exam addresses safety within the nursing sphere of responsibility and how nursing units relates to facility safety efforts. The CHSN exam addresses patient safety, infection control, unit safety, and occupational safety/health. Earning the CHSN sends a message to the public, patients, and the organization that those providing or managing care understand the importance of preventing harm. The designation can improve professional practice and prepare credential holders for greater responsibilities in the areas of nursing safety, risk management, quality improvement, occupational safety/health, and overseeing patient care activities.