What is the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC)?

The Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) is the premier global credentialing body for professionals who protect and enhance the health, safety, and environment of people at work and in their communities. Our rigorous, reliable, and valid credentialing process elevates the expectations of professionals who work in the environment, health, and safety (EHS) fields and allows them to demonstrate their commitment and ability to work at the highest level.

BGC understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, so the Board and staff manage conflicts of interest and ensure the objectivity of all certification activities. BGC will evaluate all applicants and Certificants using the criteria established and will not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or marital, parental, military, or any other legally protected status.


BGC credentials focus on four areas:


Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) protect the health and safety of workers and the public in their workplaces, homes, and communities to prevent avoidable injuries and accidental death from chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic hazards.


Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs) and Environmental Professionals In-Training (EPIs) develop creative and effective solutions to reduce the impact of human activity on air, water, and soil for a cleaner and healthier environment.


Certified Professional Product Stewards (CPPSs) are responsible for the management of raw materials, intermediate materials, and consumer products to maximize value, while minimizing or preventing negative impacts to human health, safety, and the environment.


Certified Product Environmental Auditors (CPEAs) and Certified Professional Safety Auditors (CPSAs) ensure that operating and management systems are in place and followed to protect human health, safety, and the environment.

What is the History of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC)?


Established in 1960 as the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) with one credentialing program, our independent non-profit 501(c)6 organization has grown to become the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) with seven credentialing programs designed to protect human health, safety, and the environment.

Read more about BGC’s history