Voluntary Surrender and Retirement

 

Diplomates, unless involved in a BGC ethics case, have two options for intentionally giving up their BGC credential: Retirement or Voluntary Surrender

  1. Retirement status is available after 1 Credential Maintenance (CM) cycle in good standing and provides professional benefits and discounts for either a $35 annual fee or a single, $350 lifetime fee.  It is also available to voluntary-surrendered individuals who completed at least one CM cycle and are in good standing. 

  2. Voluntary Surrender is available to currently-certified diplomates before their credential expires.

BENEFIT

RETIREMENT

VOLUNTARY SURRENDER

 Cost  $35 Annual or 
$350 Lifetime Fee
Free 

Eligible for committees

Yes

No

Eligible for Board Service

No

No

Listing on Public Roster

“Retired”

Voluntary Surrender

Private Roster

Full Listing

Voluntary Surrender

Receives newsletter

Yes

No

BGC Ambassador

Yes

No

Reinstatement Discounts

One-Time Annual Fee $50

No Discount

Reinstatement Discounts

One-Time Reapplication Fee $50

No Discount

Reinstatement Discounts

One-Time CM Portfolio $50

No Discount 

Write a CIH reference

Yes 

Yes

Badging

CIH Retired

No

Permitted as a designation or title for work

No
(Please see Retirement description below for more details.)

No
(Please see Voluntary Surrender description below for more details.)

The list of former Diplomates who have given up their credentials is here on the BGC/ABIH web site.

To update your contact information, please go to your CAPS profile and choose Update Profile in the left-hand navigation bar. Once there, to update your Roster listings, choose the Attributes tab.

 

VOLUNTARY SURRENDER STATUS

Per BGC™ policy, Diplomates agree to relinquish their CIH certification under the following terms.

If you choose to Voluntary Surrender, then:

  • You must apply for voluntary surrender prior to the expiration of your BGC certification.
  • You cannot be engaged in an unresolved BGC ethics case.
  • You relinquish your CIH credential but are not restricted from practicing industrial hygiene.
  • You can no longer use your CIH credential except when also referencing the years of certification, (e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist®, 1987-2015).
  • You can no longer use the CIH embossing seal or stamp for any professional activity.
  • You are relieved of CM requirements and fees.
  • You will be listed in the BGC Private Roster1 as a Former Diplomate, showing name and years of certification.
  • You agree that BGC has the right to update the requirements for its credentials, designations, and programs with or without prior notice.
  • You are subject to BGC ethics case provisions if found to be in violation of these terms of the agreement.

Reactivation procedures can be found here.

If you are currently in good standing2 you can choose to be listed in the Public and/or Private1 roster and may change these selections at any time in the future by logging into your profile on the Computerized Application and Portfolio system (CAPS). If you would like to be listed in one or both rosters, please go to Update Profile in the left-hand navigation pane and click Attributes to make your selections.

1The Private Roster is accessible only to current and former Diplomates in good standing.
2No unresolved ethics issues and current on fees.

RETIREMENT STATUS

Per BGC™ policy, Diplomates agree to relinquish their CIH certification under the following terms:

If you choose Retirement Status, then:

  • You must apply for a retirement designation as a current or a voluntary-surrendered diplomate in good standing having completed at least 1 CM cycle.
  • You cannot be engaged in an unresolved BGC ethics case.
  • You relinquish your CIH credential but are not restricted from practicing industrial hygiene.
  • You may use the designation “CIH Retired” in non-work contexts.
  • You can no longer use your CIH credential except when also referencing the years of certification, (e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist®, 1987-2015). This applies to all situations and work, whether voluntary or paid.
  • You can no longer use the CIH embossing seal or stamp for any professional activity.
  • You are relieved of CM requirements and fees.
  • You will be listed in the BGC Private Roster1 as a Retired Diplomate, showing name and years of certification.
  • You must pay applicable fees to maintain your retirement designation and benefits.
  • You agree that BGC has the right to update the requirements for its credentials, designations, and programs with or without prior notice.
  • You are subject to BGC ethics case provisions if found to be in violation of these terms of the agreement.

Reactivation procedures can be found here.

If you are currently in good standing2 you can choose to be listed in the Public and/or Private1 roster and may change these selections at any time in the future by logging into your profile on the Computerized Application and Portfolio system (CAPS). If you would like to be listed in one or both rosters, please go to Update Profile in the left-hand navigation pane and click Attributes to make your selections.

1The Private Roster is accessible only to current and former Diplomates in good standing.
2No unresolved ethics issues and current on fees.