CM Credit for Educational Events
- Is completed during the Diplomate's CM cycle
- Is targeted to the professional level (not technician level), advancing the person’s technical knowledge/skill
- Has content related to IH, safety or ethics
- Is at least one hour in length except for ethics which can be any length
CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 CM point per hour of technical content in the CM Areas of IH, Safety, or IH Ethics.
For educational events completed prior to 2012, the Diplomate may use the previous ABIH approval information.
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
Courses: Use the technical contact hours as provided by the Sponsor, regardless of the actual time it takes to complete the course. Note that some Sponsors use CEUs (1 CEU = 10 contact hours). Academic courses receive 15 hours (2.5 CM points) per academic semester credit-hour, or 10 hours (1.67 CM point) per academic quarter-hour.
Conferences: Use the technical contact hours as provided by the Sponsor if every technical session was attended. If every technical session was not attended, the Diplomate should report the contact hours based on their actual participation in the technical sessions. If it's not convenient to track individual session attendance, Diplomates may use an average of 3 hours/half day of attendance.
If the technical contact hours are not provided by the Sponsor, the Diplomate will need to caclulate the hours from an agenda or schedle. Contact time can be;
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 1.34 IH points. A 30 minute Code-of-Conduct class can be claimed for 0.08 IH Ethics points.
If an event has technical content in more than one CM Area, the Diplomate may:
EX: An 8 hour PDC is 75% IH and 25% ethics. This could be claimed as either:
For questions or help: Contact ABIH or call 517-321-2638.
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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.
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 http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events 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 http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-321-2638.
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