4. Education



CM Credit Limits

If your CM cycle is you can accumulate
CM credit in
Minimum Maximum
60 months IH*
IH Ethics^
10 points (60 hrs)
0.33 point (2 hrs)
5 points (30 hrs)
54 months IH*
IH Ethics^
9 points (54 hrs)
0.33 point (2 hrs)
5 points (30 hrs)

CIH® w/the IEQ - at least 5 points ( 30 hours) of the required IH CM credit must be for events with an indoor air quality emphasis.

^ IH Ethics CM credit also counts as IH CM credit

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Calculating CM Credit

CM credit can be claimed for an educational event completed during the CM cycle that is targeted to the professional level (not technician), advancing the person's technical knowledge and skills in the areas of IH, safety or ethics. 

IH or safety training must be at least one hour; ethics training can be any length.

CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 point per technical contact hour in the CM Areas of IH, Safety or IH-Ethics.

A technical contact hour is the time spent in technical sessions. It includes technical presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions. It does not include the non-technical activities, e.g., meals, breaks, exhibitor time, networking, participant introductions, social tours, generic welcome speeches.

For Courses, use or claim the contact hours as provided by the Course Sponsor. Note that some course providers use CEUs, where 1 CEU = 10 contact hours. If the contact hours are not provided by the Sponsor, calculate the hours from an agenda or schedule. One (1) hour of contact time = 0.167 point.

For Academic Courses, use or claim 15 contact hours for each academic semester credit hour. Fifteen contact hours = 2.5 CM points.  If on the quarter-hour system, claim 10 contact hours (1.67 CM point) for each academic quarter-hour credit).

For Conferences,

  • if the Diplomate did attend all the possible technical sessions, use or claim the contact hours as provided by the Conference Sponsor If the contact hours are not provided by the Sponsor, calculate the time from an agenda or schedule. One(1) hour of contact time = 0.167 point
  • If the Diplomate did not attend all possible technical sessions, claim hours based on actual participation in the technical sessions. If tracking hours is not convenient, use an estimate of 3 hours/half day of attendance.

For additional information, see Calculating CM Credit For Educational Events

CM Approval Numbers CM approval numbers are not required on the CM worksheets for any event, past or future.

The same course may be claimed only one time per CM cycle because the technical content does not change significantly. An initial training course and then later, a refresher training course are counted as two different courses. The same course can be repeated and claimed in a later CM cycle.

Conferences Conferences can be claimed for each attendance because it is assumed that the technical content changes for each conference.
Training Inside Your Organization
Training inside your company can be claimed for CM credit if it meets the subject matter and time specifications listed above.

Note: Many internal company training topics do not qualify for CM credit in Category 4 because the Diplomate already receives CM credit in Category 1 Active Practice, e.g., leadership messages, goal reviews, strategy sessions, problem solving sessions, area updates.

Graduate Degrees

Doctoral: 10 IH points (60 hours) can be claimed for a Doctoral degree completed during the CM cycle in IH or an IH-related field.

Masters: CM credit is not awarded for a Masters thesis (or degree).

Graduate Courses: Academic courses in the Doctoral or Masters programs can be claimed for CM credit if the course is IH, safety or ethics related.
Distance Learning Distance learning events (e.g. virtual seminars/courses/conferenes, home study, etc) and physical presence events are treated the same for purposes of CM credit calculations.
Management Training

CM credit for general management training was discontinued in 2009. However, if the management training has significant EH&S aspects in the content, it can be currently claimed in the IH CM Area.

"Management training" addresses skill development which is generically applicable to many professionals, not just IH professionals, e.g., communication techniques, technical writing, presentation techniques, organizational effectiveness, media training, computer skills, supervisory skills, quality training, financial or accounting training, expert witness training, project management.

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CM Areas

Industrial Hygiene The subject matter aligns with the IH Rubrics or is identified on the CIH Exam Blueprint. Additional areas will be considered if there is a human health aspect to the content.
Safety The subject matter is more acute hazard oriented and not included in the IH CM Area. For example, Safety CM credit can be claimed for guarding, electrical hazards, fall protection, workplace violence or physical security. Note: Confined Space Entry is considered to be the IH CM area. Per Board legacy rule, First-Aid, CPR and AED classes are not eligible for CM credit.
IH Ethics The subject matter aligns with the ABIH® Code of Ethics or the AIH, AIHA, ACGIH Member Ethical Principles.

ABIH is interpreting this very broadly today. For example, appropriate subject matter includes: business conflicts, workplace relationships, technical judgment that compromises the values of an organization, integrity, professional conduct, confidentiality of sensitive information (e.g. HIPPA, human subject protection during research projects, employee medical records), conflict of interest, and intellectual property rights/plagiarism.

Some additional guidance is available in the Ethics FAQ.
Additional Resources Additional examples for each of the CM Areas can be found in the "Overview" and the "Supplemental Information" documents, which are used to easily explain the CM program. Both can be found in the ABIH Document Library or accessed through the Calculating CM Credit For Educational Events web page.


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Diplomate records must be consistent with the dates and activities listed on the CM worksheet. If participation cannot be verified, the Diplomate should not list the item on the worksheet. Diplomates should retain records until after a recertification decision has been made.

Acceptable Records:

If the Event Sponsor/Provider does issue a proof-of-participation record, any one of the following will be acceptable:

    • Certificate, letter/email, transcript or other Sponsor-generated record showing completion
    • Registration receipt if purchased on-site, for a single day event,
    • Event badge if issued only on-site, for a single day event

If the Event Sponsor/Provider does not issue a proof-of-participation record, any one of the following will be acceptable:

    • Registration record and evidence of physical presence in the city on the days claimed for CM credit, e.g., approved expense report or purchase receipts 
    • ABIH Attendance Verification Form
    • CIH Vouching: For one event during each CM cycle, a Diplomate is allowed to have another CIH vouch for attendance. The CIH who vouches must have also attended the event.

Note: The AIHA Educational Transcript is a complete record for any AIHA course (i.e., PDC, Webinar or Road Course) or Virtual Conference if it shows "passed". However, it is only a registration receipt for any physically-attended AIHA conference. This means that an additional record will be needed to verify physical presence in the event city.  Also, the transcript cannot be used for any non-AIHA event.

Records must support the topics and duration of the claimed CM credit. Many times, this will be on the Sponsor-generated record. If it is not, the Diplomate will need to retain a copy of the event agenda or schedule.

Unacceptable Records: The following records typically are not accepted:

  • Advance travel purchases
  • Agenda, Program, Conference Schedules or presentation slides
  • ABIH Letter of Award for CM Points
  • Event badges if distributed prior to the event
  • Airline boarding passes are acceptable for the days of travel but are not sufficient for a multi-day conference

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