The continuance of certification (COC) is a means of ensuring that Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) certificants remain current in their professional practice and that they are continuing professional development. It is a necessary component for CCCPE to receive accreditation with the International Ergonomics Association.
How it Works
CCPEs must accumulate 100 points over a 5 year period. Each member must submit a worksheet at the end of each 5 year period (see links below). The points accumulation count begins in the calendar year after receiving the CCPE designation. For example, if the designation is received in July 2015, the points accumulation begins in January 2016 and it will cover the period from then until December 2020. CCPEs must accumulate 100 points of ergonomics-related activities and submit a completed COC worksheet covering the most recent 5 year period. The majority of required points (80%) are related to applied activities demonstrated through working as a practicing/teaching Ergonomist. The remaining points are related to a variety of sources of professional development including attending conferences, serving on ergonomics-related committees, providing or receiving ergonomics training, publishing articles, books or book reviews, etc. Worksheets shall be submitted to the CCCPE secretariat at email@example.com at the end of each 5 year period, as per the deadlines outlined in the Continuance of Certification Program. A random selection of roughly 20% of membership will be chosen for more in-depth evaluation of their COC worksheets.
Request for exceptions to the requirements of the Continuation of Certification Program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis following receipt by the Board (on or before the deadline for submission) of a written request.
COC Worksheet Notes
- Active practice as certified ergonomist – maximum 80 points (16 points per year for 5 years). To qualify for active practice, your regular duties must include the practicing or teaching of ergonomics. Documentation could include a letter from your supervisor verifying job duties or, for consultants, a client listing or letters from clients. If your full-time occupation is a university faculty position in an ergonomics-related field, this would also count as active practice providing your research and teaching includes the spectrum of competencies as described in the CCCPE application. If you work part-time, your points should be pro-rated accordingly.
- Providing ergonomics-related training – maximum 20 points over 5 years. Providing instruction must be outside your normal practice duties. For example, you may teach a college course outside of work, or you may be a professor who provides a training course for industry. Training performed within your job can also count provided it is outside your normal work duties. Four points for each full-day course taught (7 hours contact time). Teaching a full semester course of 36 hours would reach the maximum of 20 points. Points may be pro-rated for part-day courses. Documentation may be a letter from the college, company or organization verifying the course, a course outline, letter of completion from the course sponsor, etc.
- Receiving ergonomics-related training – maximum 20 points over 5 years. Receiving instruction can be provided by your employer or outside of your normal work duties. Topics should pertain to the competencies for CCCPE. Note that the competencies are broad and training pertaining to areas generally related to ergonomics is considered relevant. Two points for each full-day course received for a maximum of 20 points. Points may be pro-rated for part-day courses. Documentation may be a letter from the company or organization verifying the course, a certificate, course outline or letter of completion from the course sponsor.
- Ergonomics-related service to societies, committees or standards development activities and mentoring of ergonomists – maximum 20 points over 5 years. A minimum of 8 hours is required to claim one point for each quarter of volunteering, appointed, elected or mentoring activities. Documentation includes a letter from a committee or organization indicating appointment, meeting frequency and duties and term of service.
- Publishing ergonomics-related articles, papers, books, book chapters, book reviews, or research reports – maximum of 20 points over 5 years. Five points for each publication (reviewed or refereed) and two points for other publications or non-refereed articles. For example, a book review for the ACE newsletter or a case study would count as a non-refereed article. The publication must relate to ergonomics. Documentation includes a copy of the publication.
- Attendance or participation at ergonomics-related professional meetings/conferences– maximum 20 points over 5 years. Two points for each conference or meeting lasting one or more days and one point for each conference or meeting lasting less than one day. Add two points for each presentation at a meeting or conference. The meetings must be technically or professionally based. Documentation includes evidence of attendance and/or presentation.
Note: Where discrepancies are found between these COC WORKSHEET NOTES on the webpage, and those listed in the downloadable Word file, the downloadable Word file will be considered to be correct
Continuance of certification of professional ergonomists
Use any of these formats to help you to keep track of your Continuation of Certification (COC) Points. The selected form can be filled in and submitted to the CCCPE after each five year accumulation period.