The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) recently announced an update to the CIH® exam blueprint, and many of our clients are questioning how this will affect their exam preparation. I believe this announcement should have no impact on how a candidate prepares for the CIH® exam.
The ABIH is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). These accreditations ensure that the ABIH follows an established set of high quality standards in how they manage the certification process for industrial hygienists.
Part of the accreditation process for ABIH is that they must review their requirements for certification. Our profession continues to evolve and develop, and the ABIH must keep up with the changes. Every 5 years, they review their processes and the state of the profession.
This process review inevitably leads to updates and changes. The updates are typically an evolution of the exam rather than a wholesale revamping process. When I look at the new blueprint (effective April 1, 2015), it is nearly identical to the current blueprint.
I recommend that candidates preparing to take the CIH® exam stick with their current study plans.
I encourage you to stay focused and study a little bit each and every day.
~ Russ Bowen
For more information from the ABIH see: CIH Job Analysis