Instructions for Applicants / Reapplicants

NOTE: Effective immediately, the application and reapplication processes have been moved online here:  While you may review the text below, references to certain forms will be outdated and broken.

For new application and reapplications MORE THAN two years old, please contact  Yvette Smith at

For reapplications less than two years old, please contact Pam Trim at

The steps of the Application Process

To become a successful Applicant, please visit our online system to upload:

  1. Application Materials and Fees, by the appropriate deadline
  2. Documentation of: IH-Related Courses
  3. Documentation of: Ethics
  4. Documentation of: Work Experience 


5. Professional References Questionnaires

Please refer to the specific requirements in the Candidate Handbook before completing the application process.

Contact us for help if needed.

Your Application, Fees, and Deadlines

1. When you are ready to take the CIH Examination, you will create an account and apply online by visiting our Computer Application and Portfolio System (click here). This will tell us about you and your IH background. 

2. There is a non-refundable Application Fee (payable on our CAPS system as part of your application) of $150 for the review. 

3. If you want to take the Spring Exam (offered during April and May), we’ll need everything by February 1. If you’re planning on taking the Fall exam (offered during October and November), we need all of your application documents by August 1.

Your College or University Degrees

1. We require official transcripts or secure e-transcripts for your college or university degree(s). They must show all degree courses with dates of completion. They must be sent directly to ABIH via surface mail or email. Official transcripts in a sealed envelope with the registrar's stamp across the seal are acceptable.

2. International degrees need a credential evaluation. It can be obtained from a member organization of either NACES or AICE. For details, see the Instructions for Review of International Degrees.

Your IH-Related Courses

You’ll need to document your IH-related courses by completing the IH Coursework Document Form. We’ll also need documenting certificates for each course or stand-alone exam. Include all this information with your Application Form.

Your Work Experience

You’ll need to show you’ve worked for at least 4 years (48 months) at a professional IH level. One year or 6 months of credit is available for graduates of an ABET accredited IH program with a master’s or bachelor’s degree respectively.

1. To do this, give us some information on the Application Form about each of your IH related positions.

2. Don’t use generic statements like "Recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors which may relate to worker illness or impaired health". Just give us sufficient details to clearly highlight your responsibilities.

Your Professional References

1. Have each of your references complete a Professional Reference Questionnaire for you and send it directly to us. We’ll need at least 2 – 1 from your current supervisor and 1 from a CIH who knows about your work.

2. If you claim credit for other work time, have each previous supervisor also complete the questionnaire. Needless to say, you can’t use a relative or someone you supervise as a reference.

3. If you can’t offer a CIH reference, check this Alternative.

Be Sure You’ve Sent Everything

Your application, transcripts, and references are critical to determining your qualifications to take the Examination. If these materials are incomplete or we haven’t received your Application Fee, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. You cannot take the exam until your application is complete and your qualifications show that you meet ABIH's eligibility requirements.
For questions about completing your Application, contact ABIH at or at (517) 853-5765.