CM Credit for Educational Events

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ABIH Diplomates



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Suggested Language

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1. ABIH-Calculated

If the Diplomate completed an event prior to 2012, the Diplomate may use the previous ABIH approval information. To use the previous ABIH approval, the Diplomate must have personally participated in the event.

2. Diplomate-Calculated

If the Diplomate completed an event in 2012 or thereafter, the Diplomate determines the technical contact hours aligned to at least one CM Area of IH, Safety, or IH Ethics. The event must be targeted to the professional level (not technician level), and advance the IH's technical knowledge/skills.

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

Must be a minimum of 1 hour (60 minutes). Exception: ethics courses can be less than 1 hour.

Hours or CEUs (0.1 CEU = 1 hour) are often supplied by an event Provider. If not supplied, the contact hours must be calculated.

Contact time can be:

1. Exact, e.g. 75 minutes = 1.25 hours

2. Estimated - using the average hours per half day, e.g., 2.5 hrs/half day X 6 half days = 15 hours

3. Rounded down but not up, e.g. 95 minutes = 1.5 hrs

Includes but is not limited to presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.

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

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

CM Areas

Content must align to at least one of the CM Areas:
IH, Safety, IH Ethics or Management

Claiming CM Credit
For each event, claim CM credit:
Use either
Ex: An 8 hour PDC is 75% IH and 25% ethics. The event can be claimed for:
The CM Area that is >50%
8 IH hours
All the CM Areas
6 IH hours and 2 IH Ethics hours

For questions or help: Contact ABIH

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Event Providers

This section contains:

  1. Suggested Language for Event Advertising
  2. ABIH List Rental
  3. Contact us for help

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). ABIH suggests the language below for event communication purposes.

Event Providers must not imply that ABIH has approved or endorsed an event.

Previously awarded CM credit by ABIH Suggested Language for Advertising Your Event
Yes ^ *

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event can be claimed for CM credit. See "CM Credit for Educational Events" at


The current event may be eligible for CM credit from ABIH. See "CM Credit for Educational EventS at

^ Previous ABIH reviews are in the online ABIH database.

* Events previously approved for Management CM credit most likely are no longer eligible.


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:


For questions about calculating the technical contact hours, communication language, logo use or list rental, contact ABIH at or 517-321-2638.

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