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February 2013 Feature 2

Becoming A Certified Germ Killer

Having the right tools, the proper equipment and ample desire is not enough when lives are on the line; thorough training and continued education are major factors in the infection control equation.

February 04, 2013

Earning The CHESP Designation

One course offered through the American Hospital Association Certification Center (AHA-CC) that may be applicable to those who work in or provide services to the healthcare industry is the Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP) program.

Eligibility for the CHESP examination requires fulfilling one of the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university plus three years of environmental services experience in a healthcare setting, two of which must have been in a management, supervisory or administrative role
  • Associate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university plus four years of environmental services experience in a healthcare setting, three of which must have been in a management, supervisory or administrative role
  • High school diploma or equivalent plus five years of environmental services experience in a healthcare setting, five of which must have been in a management, supervisory or administrative role.

More information on meeting eligibility requirements and participation in the certification program can be found at www.AHA.org/certifcenter/CHESP/index.shtml.

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