CM Credit for Educational Events

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ABIH Diplomates



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1. ABIH-Calculated

If the Diplomate completed an educational event prior to 2012, the Diplomate may use the previous ABIH approval information OR the Diplomate-Calculated method (below). To use the previous ABIH approval, the Diplomate must have personally participated in the event.

2. Diplomate-Calculated

This method can be used for any educational event completed during the cycle that:

1. Is targeted to the professional level (not technician level)

2. Advances the person’s technical knowledge/skill

3. Aligns to at least one of the Category 4 CM Areas: IH, Safety, or IH Ethics

4. Is at least one (1) technical contact hour with the exception of ethics, which can be any length

If using an older worksheet which accepts only CM points (not hours), the Diplomate-Calculated hours can be converted to points at a rate of 0.167 points per hour.

Technical Contact Hours

Includes technical portions such as presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.

Excludes the non-technical portions such as generic welcome speeches, participant introductions, breaks, meals, networking, exhibitor time, roundtables or discussions with unspecified topics, social tours

May be reported by the Sponsor in CEUs (1 CEU = 10 technical contact hours).

If hours are not supplied by the Sponsor, the Diplomate must determine the contact hours.

Contact time can be:

  • Estimated, using the average hours per half day, e.g., 2.5 hours/half day X 6 half days = 15 hours 
  • Rounded down but not up, e.g. 95 minutes = 1.5 hours
  • Exact, e.g. 75 minutes = 1.25 hours
Academic courses

Academic courses receive 15 CM hours per academic semester credit-hour, or 10 CM hours per academic quarter-hour.

Claiming CM credit

CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 point per hour (1 CM point = 6 hours) in at least one of the CM Areas (IH, Safety or IH Ethics).

EX: An 8 hour respiratory protection class can be claimed for 1.33 IH points.

If an event has technical content in more than one CM Area, the Diplomate may:

  • Use the one CM Area that is >50% of the technical content, OR
  • Use each of the CM Areas, assigning the time accordingly

EX: An 8 hour PDC is 75% IH and 25% ethics. This could be claimed as either:

  • 8 IH hours (1.33 CM points)  OR
  • 6 IH hours (1 point) and 2 IH Ethics hours (0.33 point)


For questions or help: Contact ABIH or call 517-321-2638.

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Event Providers

This section contains:

  1. Suggested Language for Event Advertising
  2. ABIH List Rental

ABIH Diplomates are required to attend educational events but the Diplomate, not ABIH, will calculate the CM credit for an event. CM credit claimed by Diplomates is based on technical contact hours aligned to the topics related to IH, safety or ethics. Only the technical portions of an event are credited. See the CM credit calculation method above to better understand technical vs. non-technical content.

1. Suggested Language for Event Advertising

Event Providers or Sponsors are not obligated to communicate the CM credit for an educational event; however, doing so makes the event more attractive to ABIH Diplomates.

Providers should communicate their events in terms of technical contact hours or CEUs (if using the IACET system). Event Providers must not imply that ABIH has approved or endorsed an event.

If ABIH has previously awarded* CM credit for your event OR if your event clearly has subject matter that is IH, Safety or Ethics related and meets the minimum time requirements above, ABIH suggests the following language for your event advertising.

"ABIH Diplomates can claim CM credit for this event. See for more information."

If the technical contact hours are known, then some additional detail will be helpful:

"ABIH Diplomates can claim up to XX technical contact hours of CM credit for this event. See for more information."

*Note that events previously awarded "Management" CM credit are no longer eligible in the ABIH system.

For questions or help, contact ABIH at or 517-321-2638.

2. ABIH List Rental

Advertising an event to ABIH Diplomates can dramatically increase its visibility and maximize the participation rates.

An ABIH list rental allows you to reach thousands of CIHs, or it can be customized to target audiences.

For more information, contact INFOCUS Marketing at:

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