How do you feel about moving your career from a place that is invisible to a place that is irresistible? My name is Paula Steven, and I am here to tell you that remarkable things are happening. I have spent my entire career focused on environmental health, occupational health, and safety. I believe everyone has a right to clean air and water globally, and now I am part of a bold and motivated Board of Directors that is making a difference.

Higher standards mean better quality and better care.

Board certification is an extra step that many experts choose to take to demonstrate that they know the latest advancements in their specialty. Board-certified practitioners demonstrate their desire to practice at the top of their profession and deliver high-quality services to their clients. Board certification is an ongoing commitment that involves:

  • Participating in assessment and training beyond what is required of their peers
  • Working to continually improve the product they deliver

The Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) is the recognized leader in developing and setting the gold standard for specialty EHS certifications. BGC offers board certification in 5 EHS specialties and has certifications accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), and the International Occupational Hygiene Association Recognized Certification Board (IOHA-NAR).

Many practitioners graduating with higher-level degrees choose to become board certified in one or more specialties:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®)
  • Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®)
  • Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®)
  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor® (CPEA®)
  • Certified Process Safety Auditor® (CPSA®)
  • Certified Professional Product Steward® (CPPS®)

Beyond a degree, certification requires further, extensive, specialty-specific education, work experience, and passing an exam for each specialty. After passing the exam, candidates will receive a certification.

The Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) designation can be achieved while still in school! It’s a great way to demonstrate professionalism to your clients and team while gaining experience needed to become a Qualified Environmental Professional.

BGC has done a lot of good work recently, especially with the transfer of the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) and Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) certifications from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) to BGC. The credentials encompass five specialties:

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Health and Safety
  • Management Systems
  • Responsible Care
  • Process Safety

Board certification is a very significant achievement that not all practitioners attain. Board certified practitioners are:

  • Skilled and knowledgeable
  • Experts in their specialty
  • Meeting a higher standard

Are you asking yourself if you are ready to be irresistible? Visit the BGC website and begin your pathway to a BGC board certification today.

Paula Steven, MSE, RS/REHS, CIH, CSP
Director, BGC


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