Industrial Hygiene Chemist

The National Registry of Certified Chemists will begin a joint program with the American Industrial Hygiene Association for certification of Industrial Hygiene Chemists in 2020.

Education and Experience Standards for Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification

Applicants must meet at least one of the following education/experience requirements.

  • Earned associate’s degree with at least 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry & other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 3 years of employment experience relevant to Industrial Hygiene chemistry.
  • Earned bachelor’s degree with at least 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry & other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 2 years of employment experience relevant to Industrial Hygiene chemistry.
  • Earned American Chemical Society-certified bachelor’s degree with at 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry & other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to Industrial Hygiene chemistry.
  • Earned master’s or doctorate degree with at least the equivalence of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry & other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to Industrial Hygiene chemistry.

Acceptable non-chemistry natural science courses include physical, biological, industrial hygiene, environmental, or health and safety science.

Experience requirements must have been met within 6 years of the application date.

Acceptable institutions are institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada accredited by a regional accrediting association or whose pertinent program is accredited by a national accrediting agency.

Transcripts must be sent by institutions directly to NRCC.

Applicants with education obtained at institutions of higher education outside the United States and Canada must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated for equivalence by an acceptable evaluation agency for foreign transcript evaluations and such equivalency reports as to degrees and courses will be used to determine whether an applicant meets the NRCC standards for degrees and courses.

Examination Standards

  • Industrial Hygiene Chemist examinations consist of 150 multiple-choice questions covering both the theoretical, fundamental, and practical aspects of Industrial Hygiene chemistry.
  • The taxonomy method of Knowledge is used with Levels: recall or memory; interpretation or comprehension; problem solving or reasoning.
  • Questions are concerned with Basic Science, Methodology, Sample Management, Data Management and Laboratory Practice.
  • Categories of questions may include: personal and air sampling methods and devices, maintaining sample integrity, chain of custody, sample preparation, calibration and types of instruments, data analysis, statistics and uncertainty, quality assurance and control, data reporting and recordkeeping, regulatory frameworks, chemical hygiene, waste management and disposal, OELS and exposure assessments, and ethics.
  • Examinations are developed by an Industrial Hygiene Chemist Examination Committee, appointed jointly by the NRCC President and AIHA. The Committee determines content areas and relative emphasis for each area. Questions may be solicited from practitioners from within and outside the Board. Questions are analyzed and edited periodically by the Examination Committees to ensure subject matter accuracy and relevancy. Questions are maintained in a database from which items are selected for each form of an examination.
  • All exams are internet-based and may be scheduled at any time convenient to the Applicant and the Proctor upon approval by the Board. We will be glad to help you locate a Proctor near you.
  • Three hours are allowed for completion of an exam; Pass-Fail results are available immediately upon completion of the exam.

 

All application paperwork should be submitted electronically to rphifer@nrcc6.org. Please let us know if you have any questions.