CM Credit for Educational Events
- Is completed during the Diplomate's CM cycle,
- Is targeted to the professional level (not technician or technoligist), advancing or enhancing the person’s technical knowledge and/or skills,
- Has subject matter content that is:
- at least one hour of IH or safety related material, or
- ethics related (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
Note: Claiming the maximum time at a conference usually means that you attended every possible technical session and you did not do any non-technical activity, e.g., breaks, networking, Vendor visits, awards, social, etc.
As a matter of convenience, most Diplomates use the "3 hours/half day" estimate. As with courses, one (1) hour of technical contact time = 0.167 point.
Calculating the Technical Contact Hours From an Agenda
When calculating the technical contact hours from an agenda or schedule, the 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 of your event. See the CM credit calculation method above to better understand technical vs. non-technical contact hours.
Acceptable events must by IH or safety related, with a duration of at least one hour. Ethics events are also acceptable and can be any duration.
Prior to 2011, ABIH provided an event review service where we issued CM points and CM Approval Numbers. That service was discontinued and the use of the CM Approval Numbers is no longer valid or authorized by ABIH. ABIH encourages all Content Owners/Provider to discontinue use of the CM Approval Numbers and CM Point values previously awarded by ABIH.
Today, ABIH Diplomates simply want to know the number of technical contact hours in your event (not the CM points).
Event Providers or Sponsors are not obligated to communicate the technical contact hours or CEU value (if using the IACET system) for an educational event; however, doing so makes the event more attractive to ABIH Diplomates.
Some suggested language is provided below. ABIH does not require you to use this language. If your language deviates significantly from what is listed below or you are concerned about the accuracy and clarity, ABIH will be glad to review and provide feedback to you. You will not be obligated to use the ABIH feedback.
One firm rule that ABIH does proactively review and enforce: Event Providers or Sponsors should not imply that ABIH has approved or endorsed an event, even if the event was previously awarded CM credit by ABIH.
An acceptable certificate of completion for an event typically includes: the event title, Sponsor/Provider name, date(s) of offering/completion, Participant's name, location (if pertinent) and the technical contact hours or CEU value.
|Contact Hours Known?||Media||Suggested Language|
|Yes||Advertising/Marketing||ABIH® Diplomates can earn up XX technical contact hours (or CEU value) for this event. See http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information|
|Certificate of Completion||This event is worth XX technical contact hours (or CEU value).|
|No||Advertising/Marketing||ABIH® Diplomates can claim CM credit for this event. See http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information|
|Certificate of Completion||This event can be claimed for CM credit by ABIH® Diplomates.|
*Note that events previously awarded CM points by ABIH in the area of general "Management" are no longer eligible for CM credit in the ABIH system.
For questions or help, contact ABIH at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-321-2638.
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