The criteria for certification are geared towards those individuals who are engaged in the practice of ergonomics as their primary work. The goals of the certification process are to ensure that the applicants have:

  • The knowledge base and education necessary to work in the discipline.
  • Adequate familiarity, competence and skill with the tools and methods used in the field.
  • Experience applying and recognizing the breadth of the field and its interdisciplinary nature.


Educational requirements are a bachelor’s degree or higher covering the following areas of knowledge:

  • Ergonomics
  • Ergonomic approaches to people at work
  • Application Areas for Ergonomics
  • Human characteristics and human at work
  • Quantitative and qualitative design and analysis

Approximately 700 lecture and laboratory hours are required in addition to 8 weeks of field work.


Professional experience requirements cover the following areas:

  • Preliminary Project Definition
    e.g. Designing and conducting an ergonomics/human factors study or investigation
  • Systematic Analysis
    e.g. Conducting a systematic analysis of work demands, products or services
  • Participation in the Design Process
    e.g. Determining design specifications based on human factors/ergonomics analysis, working in a design team