Our Story - Bowen EHS

History, Philosophy, and Mission

Founded in 2003, Bowen EHS is a premier provider of interactive online continuing education for professionals in occupational health, environmental health, and safety. Russell B. Bowen, CIH, CSP, our founder, started Bowen EHS to meet the needs of occupational, health, and safety professionals looking for a comprehensive yet flexible review course to help them prepare for their certification exam.

In 1997, Russ sat for the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam—and failed the first time out. "I hadn't taken any prep courses," he remembers. "I was relying on my work experience to pass." After taking a review course and hitting the books again, Russ achieved his CIH certification in 1999.

"The course was helpful, but I think you get better results when you can study the fundamentals over time. No one was delivering this kind of training online, so I decided to start Bowen EHS. The technology was just starting to emerge so the timing was perfect."

Working out of his home, Russ created comprehensive review courses for the CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) and the CSP® (Certified Safety Professional) certification exams. He designed the courses so that anyone around the world could participate in an interactive class from the comfort of their home or workplace. "I think our first CIH class had six participants, and our CSP® had four," Russ remembers. "Now we have more than 100 clients per course. We've come a long way."

As our client base has grown, so has Bowen EHS. Russ hired his first employee in 2007. Soon we opened our main office, which is located in North Carolina and is currently staffed by five team members. In 2010, we started the Bowen EHS® Member Center (now the Learning Center) and switched many of our physical products, like workbooks and flashcards, to the online format. 2012 brought an additional online review course for the CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager) certification exam.  In 2017, we began hiring additional instructors to increase our course offerings. We are steadily adding more webinars, professional development courses (PDCs), and resources to the Bowen EHS® Learning Center, as we know maintaining certification is just as important as passing the certification exam.

In 2018 Bowen Learning Network, Inc. (dba Bowen EHS) was accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), which allows us to assure our clients that our training meets the highest standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Bowen EHS is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

The core belief that binds us together is this, "clients first and foremost". Everything we do is designed to help our clients succeed. We know we could not have come this far without satisfied clients. We continually refine our training and products based on client feedback and suggestions. Our whole organization is thrilled when we hear a client passed an exam or was promoted because of a new certification. The best compliment we receive is when our clients refer their friends and colleagues to our training. We can't help yelling, "Woo Hoo!"

We Believe
  • Your time and career are valuable.
  • Relevant, high-quality material is necessary to broaden your knowledge in the industry.
  • Your career matters too much to be stopped by an exam or to lose a certification due to a lack of contact hours.

Whether you are working toward your certification or trying to keep your accreditation from lapsing, you can trust that Bowen EHS is here for you providing real support with real people. We hope that one day Bowen EHS is the establishment all occupational, health, and safety professionals turn to for continuing education and development.

We're here to help you advance your career!


Mission Statement

Guiding professional growth and learning through relevant, responsive instruction with a personal touch.