Nancy McClellan, M.P.H., CIH, CHMM

Nancy McClellan, M.P.H., CIH, CHMM

"My CIH story is of a very long, but gratifying journey. Interest in becoming certified was not driven by my professional role with my employer but more by my volunteer role with our industrial hygiene profession. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, I looked for ways to pay forward the incredible opportunity I was allowed in earning my education. I served on the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Board of Directors and a liaison for the AIHA/University of Michigan/MIHS Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review (CIHR) course was needed to represent MIHS. I volunteered for this role for 5-6 years, twice a year because I wanted to help the MIHS and because I wanted to give back as an alumni of the University of Michigan.

While volunteering at the CIHR course prior to earning my CIH, I witnessed a deep desire and appreciation for professional certification in the students that attended the course. Many students openly expressed their various reasons for seeking certification, which included job promotion, consulting opportunities, and personal satisfaction. Their witness made it very clear that our profession, as a whole, highly regards and reveres the CIH as the gold standard of the EHS profession. It was their witness that convinced me that I should also enter the certification process and earn for myself the highest professional certification possible in our global community.

I am very grateful to have earned this milestone, become an ABIH Diplomate and to later serve on the Board of Directors of ABIH. After completing my term of service with ABIH, I returned to the Comprehensive IH Review course for AIHA/U of M/MIHS in order that I may encourage others to unrelentingly pursue this important and life changing certification. "The pass rate is 68% for those who do not give up!" said Lynn O'Donnell."