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Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). 2012 Applied Ergonomics Conference January 13, 2012. William J Boyd BCPE Director William.boyd@cna.com 312-822-5507. Importance of the Profession. Health Safety Comfort Ease of learning Ease of use Productivity

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    1. Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics(BCPE) 2012 Applied Ergonomics Conference January 13, 2012 William J Boyd BCPE Director William.boyd@cna.com 312-822-5507

    2. Importance of the Profession • Health • Safety • Comfort • Ease of learning • Ease of use • Productivity • Loyalty • Satisfaction • Product/System Success

    3. Scope of the Profession

    4. Professional Backgrounds • Psychology • Anthropology • Industrial Engineering • Computer Science • Human-computer Interaction • Usability • Industrial Design • Industrial Hygiene • Safety • Health

    5. 77 HF/E Graduate Programs in the United States and Canada United States University of Texas, Austin University of Texas, El Paso University of Utah George Mason U Old Dominion U University of Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison CanadaCarleton U Ecole Polytechnique McMaster University Queen’s University Ryerson UniversitySimon Fraser University University of Calgary University of Moncton University of Quebec-Montreal University of New Brunswick University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Windsor United States Auburn UUniversity of Alabama, HuntsvilleArizona State UArizona State U, Polytechnic CampusCalifornia State U, Long BeachCalifornia State U, NorthridgeSan Jose State UUniversity of California, BerkeleyColorado State UUniversity of ConnecticutCatholic University of AmericaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UFlorida Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Central FloridaUniversity of MiamiGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of IdahoUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPurdue UIowa State UUniversity of Iowa Kansas State U Wichita State UUniversity of KentuckyLouisiana State UBentley CollegeNortheastern UTufts University United StatesUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell Central Michigan U University of MichiganMississippi State UMissouri Western State UUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnNew Mexico State UCornell UNew York URensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRochester Institute of TechnologyState U of New York BuffaloNorth Carolina Agricultural and State Technical UNorth Carolina State UMiami UOhio State UUniversity of CincinnatiWright State UOregon State UPennsylvania State UClemson UUniversity of South DakotaRice UTexas A&M UTexas Tech UUniversity of HoustonUniversity of Houston, Clear Lake

    6. Professional Certification in Ergonomics/Human Factors/User Experience

    7. What is BCPE? • An independent, nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the purpose of credentialing Human Factors/Ergonomics/User Experience Professionals. • Governed by a Board of elected professionals and managed by an Executive Administrator and Financial/Information Systems Manager.

    8. BCPE Mission To provide ergonomics certification to protect the public, the profession, and its professionals by assuring standards of competency and advocating the value of certification.

    9. Certification Process Education Experience Examination

    10. Ergonomist Formation Model • Adopted in 1995. • Defines the fundamental architecture for professional competence in human factors/ ergonomics/user experience. • Identifies the subject categories, topics and hours of coursework and professional experience required. • Distinguishes two different career paths: Human Factors/Ergonomics/User Experience Professional and Ergonomics Associate Professional.

    11. The Ergonomist Formation Model • Ergonomics Principles 1. Ergonomics Approach 2. Systems Theory • Human Characteristics 1. Anatomy, Demographics and Physiology 2. Human Psychology 3. Social and Organizational Aspects 4. Physical Environments C. Work Analysis and Measurement 1. Statistics and Experimental Design 2. Computation and Information Technology

    12. The Ergonomist Formation Model C. Work Analysis and Measurement Continued 3. Instrumentation 4. Methods of Measurement and Investigation 5. Work Analysis D. People and Technology 1. Technology 2. Human Reliability 3. Health, Safety and Well-Being 4. Training and Instruction 5. Occupational Hygiene 6. Workplace Design***

    13. The Ergonomist Formation Model D. People and Technology Continued 7. Information Design*** 8. Work Organization Design*** E. Applications (projects pursued by the individual during education/training) F. Professional Issues (ethics, practice standards, marketing, business practice, legal liabilities) *** CPEs must be competent in at least one design domain

    14. CPE/CHFP/CUXP Certification Criteria 1. Master’s degree or equivalent in human factors/ ergonomics or a closely related field. 2. Three (3) years full-time professional practice in human factors/ergonomics. One (1) year of work experience equivalency is granted to graduates of a recognized HF/E PhD program. 3. Passing score on the CPE/CHFP/CUXP written examination. Graduates of a HF/E program accredited by an IEA Federated Society (e.g., HFES, IEHF) are not required to take Part I of the exam.

    15. AEP/AHFP/AUXP Certification Criteria(Effective November 1, 2011) • Meets the educational requirement for CPE/CHFP/ CUXP certification. • Completes and submits an approved AEP/AHFP/AUXP application. • Is working toward fulfilling the CPE/CHFP/CUXP requirement of three (3) years full-time professional practice. One (1) year of work experience equivalency is granted to graduates of a recognized HF/E PhD program. * Graduates of an IEA Federated Society (e.g., HFES or the IEHF) HF/E program complete a shortened application form and pay a reduced application processing fee.

    16. WHY CERTIFICATION (CONTINUED) • Contribute to developing the reputation of the field. • Personal satisfaction of achieving peer recognition for one’s qualifications. • Professional satisfaction through career enhancements, including immediate recognition of one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities by potential employers; increased job responsibility; more variety in job duties and responsibilities; promotion; and/or increased pay.

    17. WHY BCPE CERTIFICATION • BCPEreceived accreditation for the CPE and CHFP credentials from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). • BCPE is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE formerly NOCA). • BCPE is recognized by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) as an accredited ergonomics certification organization. • Maintains a reciprocity agreement with CREE, the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists. • Recognized by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) as the premier certifying body for the human factors/ergonomics/user experience profession.

    18. View BCPE News at http://www.bcpe.org

    19. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics P.O. Box 2811 Bellingham, WA 98227-2811 USA Phone: (888) 856-4685 FAX: (866) 266-8003 E-mail: bcpehq@bcpe.org Web: http://www.bcpe.org