CM Credit for Educational Events



CM credit can be claimed if an educational event meets these criteria:

  1. Is completed during the Diplomate's CM cycle
  2. Is targeted to the professional level (not technician or technoligist), advancing or enhancing  the person’s technical knowledge and/or skills
  3. Has subject matter content directly related to:
    1. IH or safety and is at least one hour in duration, or
    2. Ethics (can be any duration)

CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 CM point per each hour of technical content in the CM Areas of  IH, Safety, or IH Ethics. Fractional points are allowed once the one-hour minimum is acheived for IH or Safety events (e.g. 1.5 hours = 0.25 CM point).

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


  • Use or claim 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). If the total course hours are not provided by the Sponsor, caclulate the hours from an agenda or schedule.
  • Academic courses receive 15 hours (2.5 CM points) per academic semester credit-hour, or 10 hours (1.67 CM point) if on the academic quarter-hour system.


  • If every technical session WAS attended, use the total conference hours as provided by the Sponsor. If the total conference hours are not provided by the Sponsor, caclulate the hours from an agenda or schedule.
  • If every technical session WAS NOT attended,
    • Claim the contact hours based on actual participation in the technical sessions, or
    • If it's not convenient to track individual session attendance, use or claim an average of 3 hours/half day of attendance.

When calculating the technical contact hours from an agenda or schedule, the time can be;

  • Estimated, using the avg hours/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
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:

  • 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 (1.34 CM points)  OR
  • 6 IH hours (1 point) and 2 IH Ethics hours (0.33 point)
Additional Resources

Overview (~1 Mb, PDF) and Supplemental Information (~500K, PDF)

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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