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"Certification is a Waste of Time."

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The title of this blog post is something I have heard time and time again in a variety of different forums, Facebook groups, and LinkedIn posts. The conversation usually starts with someone asking for guidance on how to prepare for a certification, or which certification they should begin to pursue. Someone invariably will chime in and try to dissuade the poster from moving forward with getting a certification.

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79% Pass Rate - May 2020 ASP® - CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the May 2020 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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Tox Tables for the CIH Exam

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Testing Pain

I was standing in line at the testing center, waiting for my turn to undergo the mental pain and anguish of an undergraduate science exam. The testing center at my university was an interesting place - it was quiet except for the occasional cough or shuffling of feet, and many swore they could smell the cortisol in the air.

Finally, I got to the front desk and was handed my exam and scratch paper. I sat down and mentally vomited the electron configuration diagrams and other chemistry tables I had memorized onto my scratch paper. While probably not the best way to learn the material, it was very effective at helping me pass (and usually excel on) my science exams.

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The ABC’s of the EHS Alphabet Soup: Part 2

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How do I study for a certification exam? Do I need to pay for a review course? What are some good study resources to prepare? These are just a few of the questions I asked when I was preparing for my first certification exam, and that I have subsequently been asked by other professionals beginning their journal to certification. Here is what I have learned through the years as someone who has been successful with many certifications and actively is involved in preparing others to be successful.

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100% Pass Rate - 2020-04 CSP Online Review

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We completed our survey process for our Spring 2020 CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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The ABC’s of the EHS Alphabet Soup: Part 1

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I consider the Certified Safety Professional®, the Certified Industrial Hygienist, and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager the EHS Triad of Certifications; individuals who have achieved these credentials have demonstrated knowledge across the main areas where EHS professionals often hold responsibility. Although credentials do not automatically make someone an outstanding safety professional, anyone who has spent any time in the environmental health and safety (EHS) field is well-aware that there are many EHS-related credentials available.

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71% Pass Rate - CIH Online Review Spring 2020 including delays and cancellations due to Covid-19

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2020 CIH Online Review course. 100 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey. We extended our normal survey time of 90 days due to the ABIH’s decision to extend the Spring 2020 CIH testing window through June 30, 2020.

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80% Pass Rate - Spring 2020 CHMM Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2020 CHMM Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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Safety Professionals on the Interwebs

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I’m pretty active in social media and participate in a few safety groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Although I prefer LinkedIn due to the quality of posts and the value of the discussions, I do spend time in some Facebook groups dedicated to safety “professionals.” I use the term lightly because some of the conversations and opinions I see being shared are anything but professional some are downright scary.

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Pass Rate for the January 2020 ASP® and CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the January 2020 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 100 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey. COVID-19 played a role in the ability of our clients to take an exam after the completion of the course. Over half had their exam dates canceled due to testing center closures, many experiencing multiple cancellations. Several others who wanted to take the exam were unable to schedule an appointment at their testing center before we sent out this survey.

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Safety in the World of Covid-19

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Back in early January, I started watching what was going on in China with an outbreak of a novel virus. At the time, it got a bit of a mention on the news here and there. But it was there, and we were here, so no big deal; nothing to worry about. Fast forward to late March, and the world of a Safety Professional seems to have changed quite a bit in response to what we now know as SARS-CoV-2.

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Changes to the CHMM Exam Blueprint

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The only thing constant in life is change, and this rule applies equally to the various certification exams that you might be preparing for. In October 2019, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) announced a new blueprint for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) exam. The current blueprint, which has been in effect since July 2013, was reviewed and a Job Task Analysis (JTA) performed. This JTA involved current CHMMs providing feedback on what tasks and skills are necessary for a minimally qualified hazardous materials manager to be competent.

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69% of New 2019 CIH Diplomates Used Bowen EHS For Exam Prep

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The Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) / American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) posted the list of new CIH certificate holders from the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 exam windows. A total of 287 (157 Spring, 130 Fall) examinees passed the CIH exam in 2019. Woo Hoo! Way to go!

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COVID-19 at Bowen EHS

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First of all, thank you for the roles you are playing as EHS professionals, parents, relatives, friends and neighbors in keeping people safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19. Your contributions help make this a safer planet for all of us to live on.

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84% Pass Rate – Fall 2019 ASP®-CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Fall 2019 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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73% Pass Rate - Fall 2019 CIH Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Fall 2019 CIH Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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69% Pass Rate - Summer 2019 ASP-CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Summer 2019 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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84% Pass Rate - Spring 2019 CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Summer 2019 CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey. 

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78% Pass Rate - Spring 2019 ASP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2019 ASP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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A Great Time To Schedule Your CSP® Exam

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What is the #1 reason safety professionals fail to earn the CSP® designation?

  1. They fail to prepare for the exam properly.
  2. They never take the exam.
  3. The BCSP updated the exam blueprint.
  4. They didn’t use Bowen EHS exam prep resources. 
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New 2018 ASP® and CSP® candidates used Bowen EHS exam prep materials

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The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) posted the list of new ASP® and CSP® certificate holders from 2018. There was a total of 1662 NEW ASPs and 1834 NEW CSPs certified in 2018. Woo Hoo! Way to go!

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85% Pass Rate - Fall 2018 ASP®-CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the 2018-10 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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100% Pass Rate - Fall 2018 CSP Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the 2018-10 CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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66% of New 2018 CIH Diplomates Used Bowen EHS Exam Prep Materials

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The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) posted the list of new CIH certificate holders from the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 exam windows. A total of 262 examinees passed the CIH exam in 2018 and we're excited to report that of those 262 NEW CIH diplomats, 66% used at least one of the Bowen EHS resources for exam preparation

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67% Pass Rate - Fall 2018 CIH Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Fall 2018 CIH Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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97% Pass Rate - Summer 2018 ASP-CSP Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Summer 2018 ASP-CSP Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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94% Pass Rate - Spring 2018 CSP® Online Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2018 CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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The New Study Question Vault

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You won’t find a million dollars in the new Bowen EHS® Study Question Vault. However, you WILL find a wealth of study questions to help you prepare for the ASP®, CSP®, CIH, or CHMM exam.

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92% Pass Rate - Spring 2018 ASP® Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2018 ASP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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89% Pass Rate - Spring 2018 ASP®-CSP® Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2018 ASP®-CSP® Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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59% Pass Rate - Spring 2018 CIH Review

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We completed our survey process for the Spring 2018 CIH Online Review course. 90 days after the course end date, we determined the participants who completed the course and asked them to participate in a short survey.

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Bowen Learning Network Becomes Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs

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We are proud to announce Bowen Learning Network is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Bowen Learning Network complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Bowen Learning Network is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

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The Importance of Maintaining Your EHS Certification

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You worked hard to earn your EH&S certification and now you’re in maintenance mode. However, you may be finding it difficult to work full-time, be available for your family and friends and have enough time to maintain your certification.

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Just Keep Swimming to Shore Up Your CIH Designation

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You've been studying for the CIH exam for months on end. Maybe you think you can't take one more stroke or read one more sample question.  Maybe your brain is clouded like murky water and you can't get through the sea of anemone jumbling your thoughts. As Dory sings in the film, Finding Nemo,  "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming." That's Dory-speak for keep on truckin', keep the faith, and keep your eyes on the prize.

Keep reading as Sonia Lal, a Bowen EHS client, tells her story about how she just kept swimming, swimming, and swimming....

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What Do Scores on Practice Exams Indicate?

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We often receive questions from our clients about other exam prep resources they are using to prepare for their EH&S certification exam. We know we have a great product, but it's not the only resource you can use for your exam prep. 

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Exam Strategies to Help Reduce Stress

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You might be preparing to take the comprehensive exam for the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), the Associate Safety Professional (ASP), the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certification.  You studied all the rubric topics, practiced with hundreds of sample exam questions, and memorized your flashcards.  Now your exam date is looming and you might not feel ready.  Having an exam day strategy can help reduce your stress.

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A 10 Step Approach to CIH Certification

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Are you interested in earning your Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certification? Do you know if you qualify? Do you know where to start?

The following steps will help you begin the process of earning and maintaining your CIH certification.

1. Know the certifying agency.

The American Board of Industrial Hygienists (ABIH) awards the CIH certification.  (ABIH.org)

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Steps to ASP® and CSP® Certification

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Would you like to pursue the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) or Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) certification and don’t know where to start? We know it can seem daunting and you’re not even sure what the first step is. That’s okay. We understand. We’re here to help.

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Repetition, repetition, repetition, rep….

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Learning a new discipline or grasping a new concept isn't always easy for most of us. To really understand the new concept or idea, one must, well….. practice, practice and practice some more.  There are a few things we can master the first time we are presented with the information, but most of the time, we must go through the material again and again and again. (And maybe some more.)

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Maintaining the Integrity of EHS Certification Exams

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Some of our most popular and powerful exam resources are our Exam Logistics Forums. In them, you can post your impression of the certification exam, tips about how you prepared for the exam, resources you used to study, or about your experience at the testing center. We strongly encourage the use of these forums.

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How Russ Passed The CSP Exam

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As you know, our instructors are here to help you prepare for and pass your certification exams. From teaching online courses to meeting you online during study sessions, to setting up personal encouragement phone calls, our instructors' main goal is to see you through passing your certification exam.

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Updated Apps to Help You Study Right

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We're excited about our latest release of our Quiz Games apps for CIH, CHMM, and ASP-CSP exam prep. The updated free apps have a few new things to make study questions better and more comprehensive for you: embedded equations, formulas and images.

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