By Jennifer Sheffer and Carter Ficklen
“Perspectives on Preparation for the CIH Exam” roundtable was based on a vision for sharing CIH preparation information and support developed by a group of hygienists, including Mike Watson, Carter Ficklen, Steve Lacey, Shannon Gaffney, Mike Weeks, Andrew Burgie, and many others, along with the support of Lynn O’Donnell and Allan Fleeger, first came to fruition during the Chicago 2006 AIHce. Through the years, the roundtable provided attendees with speaker perspectives on their trials and tribulations of studying for the exam and finally passing the exam. Stories ranged from passing the exam on the first attempt to the journey of attempting the exam multiple times and finally passing. Also, the roundtable has continued to focus on study materials, ways to find time to study, study methods, etc. Lastly, Lynn O’Donnell’s presentation titled “Just the Facts” on the application requirements and exam process continues to be a popular item during the roundtable.
Lastly, staying in tune with the theme of perspectives and preparation for the CIH exam, the following are a few helpful ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for passing the CIH exam from Carter Ficklen, CIH:
If you cannot join the roundtable during an AIHce as you begin your journey or continue on your journey to achieving the CIH designation or you would like to pay it forward contact Roger Smith with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) at (517) 853-5765.
Also, participating in the AIHA mentoring program is another great way to utilize resources to help you stay on track or to help others to pass the exam.
*A big Thank You goes to Carter Ficklen for providing the information contained in this article.