Am I eligible to take the exam?
It all depends on your formal education and years in the industry. A candidate must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- High School diploma and/or GED plus 7 years of environmental services experience, including 5 years of management in a healthcare setting.
- Associate Degree plus 5 years of environmental services experience, including 3 years of management in a healthcare setting.
- BA/BS Degree plus 3 years of environmental services experience, including 2 years of management in a healthcare setting.
What does the exam cover?
The test is made up of the following topics:
1. Regulatory Compliance - 17%
2. Design and Construction - 5%
3. Operations – Environmental Sanitation – 22%
4. Operations – Waste Management – 13%
5. Operations – Textile Management – 11%
6. Finance – 14%
7. Administration – 18%
How long is the exam?
It only takes a couple hours, and the rewards are great.
What kind of exam is it?
110 multiple choice questions.
How do I sign up?
Visit the AHA certificaton page and download the Candidate Handbook. The handbook contains an application. If you are unable to download this document, call Applied Measurement Professionals at 913.895.4600 to request a copy.
What if I have more questions?
Visit the AHA certification page for more info or contact the AHA Certification Center:
AHA Certification Center
155 N Wacker, Ste 400
Chicago, IL 60606
How do I contact AMP?
Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.
18000 W. 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061.7543
Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Central Time
Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time
Saturday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time
The testimony below, from Jim Henry, CHESP, 2004 ASHES Board Member emphasizes the value of certification.
"I have visited with several of the members who have taken the test and become certified and am proud to report many of them have since been offered better paying positions. When I asked them if they felt the certification had anything to do with their success in landing the position, every one of them proudly said yes. I also have taken a position with a new company since my certification and there is no doubt it played a significant part in my getting the job. Beside, if you don't take the growing interest from our Healthcare Administrator's seriously, some day you may be loosing your job to someone who is certified.
OK, maybe you're not interested in getting a new job offer or making more money (yea...right). Still wouldn't it be nice to prove, not only to yourself but to everyone you deal with professionally, that your profession is as specialized as any other and that you are one of the leading professionals in your field. Once you are certified, you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in your knowledge and the profession you have chosen. Maybe you're about to retire and you're grooming your replacement to take over. What better way to instill upon them the importance of staying knowledgeable and current with their education. Plus it shows support for our professional association."