Industrial Hygiene
IH Professional Development 

Man conducting trainingFor Army Industrial Hygienists and Industrial Hygiene Technicians, Professional Development is through the Army Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Career Program, known as Career Program 12 (CP-12).

Career Programs were established to ensure there is an adequate base of qualified and trained professional, technical, and administrative personnel to meet the Army`s current and future needs. 

Planned training and development are essential elements to building a successful career.  

The  CP-12 Army Civilian Training Education and Development System (ACTEDS) Plan external link icon is a systematic, competency-based approach to training and development of Army career civilians.  

The  ACTEDS Plan external link icon is a living document that outlines the required training for the development of core, functional and leader competencies.  

It also provides general information and guidance on management of the SOH Career Program, including career ladders and career maps, Master Training Plans, certifications, mobility and continued service requirements.

It blends formal training, on-the-job training, developmental assignments, and self-development activities.  

Requirements are tailored to personnel in the SOH (CP-12) and also include prescribed civilian leader development.

Select courses are centrally funded by CP-12 annually. 

Although every effort is made to accommodate the careerists’ professional goals, applying for training does not guarantee funding.  Careerists can request funding for training through their local organization.

Careerists are required to submit an Individual Development Plan (IDP) via the Army Career Tracker external link icon.

The IDP is a personal action plan, jointly agreed to by the individual and their supervisor that identifies short- and long-term career goals.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Staff education and experiences are aligned with the IH Competencies mission.

  • An individual development plan (IDP) is a tool to assist employees in career and personal development. 

  • The IDP provides an opportunity for IH leaders and staff members to discuss and agree upon a training path to promote staff development and better guarantee career and organizational achievement

  • It prioritizes training efforts and tracks progress of the activities outlined to assist the employee in accomplishing their career goals

  • An IDP serves as a tool to clearly communicate short term and long term educational goals between employees and their leaders

  • An IDP is required for each employee; however, employee(s) are not required to establish any career development goals or objectives

  • Employees are not required to identify any training or education course(s) or programs of which they intend on participating

  • The only information required on the IDP is the employee’s (and leader’s) name and signature

  • It is however to the employee and leader’s benefit to establish career development and educational goals on an IDP and frequently monitor the progress of these goals during employee’s counseling

IDP Development Tips:

Completing an IDP is easy!

1.    The employee should initiate the IDP process in Army Career Tracker external link icon

2.    The employee establishes short term and long term educational and career goals with        input from the supervisor if necessary

3.    Training requirements and recommendations should be listed and delineated accordingly

4.    The employee discusses short term and long term training and career goals and objectives
        with their leader

5.    Supervisor and employee should discuss the IDP for accomplishing goals and objectives 

What is considered a Developmental Assignment?

Professional development assignments are an excellent way to gain the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be highly competitive for increasingly and progressive management and leadership positions. Employees are given experience in diverse functions through various job rotations and cross functional assignments.

What is considered Self Development?

Self Development is training that an employee relates to a component of the employees job duties.

An example of Self Development would be PHC online or classroom training, professional training outside the Army environment such as OSHA Electrical Safety Course or a college-level science course.Army Staff College graduation

The following provides information on the scope and benefits of the CP-12 Program:

Government Resources

 CP-12 Overview external link icon

 CP-12 Intern Handbook external link icon

 Army Career Tracker external link icon
Competencies and IDPs 



DoDI 6055.01, DoD Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program states: "The Department of Defense recognizes the importance of professional credentials in career development, technical competency, and SOH program effectiveness. Consequently, DoD urges all DoD SOH personnel (military and civilian) to obtain licensure, registration, or certification, as appropriate, in their respective disciplines."

Certification is an indication of professionalism and dedication. 
Certification requires review by an oversight organization and successful completion of an examination.
Some organizations offer registrations, but a registration is not synonymous with a certification or equivalent to a certification.

1.  A certification in the profession of industrial hygiene (Certified Industrial Hygienist® external link icon or CIH®) is issued by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®when the OSH professional has successfully passed an examination and has accrued years of practice. 
It is a gold standard and there are strict requirements for maintaining certification.  

2.  A certification as a safety professional (Certified Safety Professional® external link icon or CSP®) is issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Inc. (BCSP) when the OSH professional successfully passes an examination and has accrued years of practice. 
It is a gold standard, and there are strict requirements for maintaining certification. 

3.  The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST®) operates certification programs for safety and health practitioners at the technologist/technician level.
The CCHEST® operates with the BCSP and offers four peer certifications, including—

a. Occupational Health and Safety Technologist® external link icon (OHST®)

b. Construction Health and Safety Technician® external link icon (CHST®)

c. Safety Trained Supervisor® external link icon (STS®)

d. Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer® external link icon (CET®)

Training Sources

APHC offers  training courses such as:

Blueprint Reading and Design Review

Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System – Industrial Hygiene (DOEHRS-IH)

Environment of Care: Compliance with the Joint Commission classroom

Ergonomics (Fundamentals and Advanced)

Intermediate Industrial Hygiene Topics

Laser and Radiofrequency Radiation Hazards

Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness

 Basic Industrial Hygiene Techniques course (2 weeks)
AMEDD Center & School, San Antonio, TX
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Note: The Basic Industrial Hygiene Course is an AMEDD C&S Course, it is not an APHC course.  Must contact AMEDD C&S for registration or help with course registration.

U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, Ft. Rucker, AL, offers resident, nonresident, distance learning, and refresher training courses in the area of occupational health and safety.  Course information external link icon

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers support OSHA's training and education mission through a variety of safety and health programs including community outreach efforts, Spanish-language courses, and youth initiatives.
The training provided by the OTI Education Centers serves the public in the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of unsafe and unhealthful working.
The OTI Education Centers offer local training specialization in subject matter expertise based upon regional industry needs.  Training information
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Non-government Resources

American Industrial Hygiene Association provides the industrial hygiene professional with quality, world-class conferences, expositions, and training courses—both resident and distance learning.  Course information external link icon

Undergraduate and Graduate Educational Programs

ABET Accredited IH Programs

ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 35 professional and technical societies representing these fields.
Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 80 years.

ABET currently accredits some 3,600 programs at more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide.
Over 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities.
ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation external link icon

1.  Bachelor's-Level Industrial Hygiene Programs:

 Purdue University external link icon
 University of Houston-Clear Lake external link icon
 University of North Alabama
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 Utah State University external link icon 

man showing information to another man as part of a training classAdditional Educational Resources

East Carolina University
 Office of Environmental Health & Safety external link icon

North Carolina Occupational Safety & Health ERC
 Industrial Hygiene Technician Certificate Program external link icon

Oklahoma State University
 Oklahoma State University Environmental Health & Safety external link icon

Rochester Institute of Technology 
 RIT Health & Safety external link icon

Texas A & M University 
 Texas Engineering Extension Service external link icon

University of Connecticut
 University of Connecticut, Center for Continuing Studies external link icon