Giving Up Your CAIH Certification

BGC offers two methods for individuals who wish to intentionally give up their certification before it expires unless involved in a BGC ethics case:

  • Voluntary surrender
  • Retirement Status

Voluntarily Surrendering the Certification

Diplomates may voluntarily surrender their certification before their certification expires (unless involved in a BGC ethics case). If voluntary surrender is chosen, the individual is no longer referred to as a “Diplomate.”  For CIH holders, the request for Voluntary Surrender is completed only via your CAPS portal.  For all other certifications, the request is completed via the Retire / Voluntary Surrender Request form. BGC publishes the names of persons who have elected to voluntarily surrender their certification.

Diplomates who surrender their certification:

  • Can continue to practice in their area (e.g., Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, EHS Auditing, Product Stewardship)
  • Can use the BGC certification designations only when referencing the years of active certification, e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist, 1990-2009
  • Cannot use the BGC embossing seal or stamp
  • Are removed from the BGC email distribution list
  • Are relieved of CM requirements and fees
  • Can reactivate at any time (See "Reactivating Your Certification" on the menu on the right side of this page)
  • Are subject to BGC ethics case procedure provisions if found to be in violation of the voluntary surrender terms

Former Diplomates can continue to be listed in the BGC online rosters depending upon their status.

If the Diplomate is Then the person
In good standing1
  • will continue to be listed in the online public roster, showing years of certification
  • will have access to the online private roster
  • may choose to be deleted from the roster at any time
  • can be re-listed in the roster at any time but may be subject to a nominal processing fee2
Not in good standing
  • will be removed from the online public and private roster
  • can be re-listed in the roster (showing years of certification) by paying back fees (due at the time of surrender) and a nominal processing fee2
1No unresolved ethics issues and current on all fees (due before the end of a CM cycle).
2Current fee is posted on the BGC website.

Retirement Status

Retirement status (either Annual or Lifetime) is available after completing one, 5-year recertification/credential maintenance cycle in good standing. Designed for diplomates at the end of their careers, a retirement designation cannot be used in place of an active BGC credential for work. However, retirement status will provide an opportunity for ongoing engagement with the professional community and will publicly acknowledge the important contribution of a practitioner in the protection of people and the environment.

Diplomates may elect retirement status before their certification expires unless involved in a BGC ethics case. If retirement status is chosen, the individual is referred to as a “certificant”, not a “Diplomate.”  For CIH holders, the Retirement request is completed only via your CAPS portal. For all other certificatoins, the request is completed via the Retire / Voluntary Surrender Request form.

Diplomates who choose retirement status

  • Can continue to practice in their area (e.g., Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, EHS Auditing, Product Stewardship)
  • May use the designation identifying their BGC retirement status (e.g., CIH-Retired, CAIH-Retired, QEP-Retired, CPPS-Retired, CPEA-Retired, or CPSA-Retired) outside of work and professional practice situations
  • Are only permitted to use the BGC certification designations, (CIH, CAIH, QEP, CPPS, CPEA, or CPSA), in work situations when referencing the years of active certification, (e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist, 1987-2015; Qualified Environmental Professional, 2000-2020, etc.).
  • Will be assigned a CIH-Retired, CAIH-Retired, QEP-Retired, CPPS-Retired, CPEA-Retired, or CPSA-Retired badge as appropriate to their BGC status
  • Remain on the BGC email distribution list
  • Are relieved of CM requirements and fees
  • Can reactivate at any time with on-time fee discounts (See "Reactivating Your Certification" on the menu on the right side of this page)
  • Are subject to BGC ethics case procedure provisions if found to be in violation of the retirement status terms

Former Diplomates can continue to be listed in the BGC online rosters depending upon their status.

 

If the Diplomate is Then the person
In good standing1
  • will continue to be listed in the online public roster, showing years of certification
  • will have access to the online private roster
  • may choose to be deleted from the roster at any time
  • can be re-listed in the roster at any time but may be subject to a nominal processing fee2
Not in good standing
  • will be removed from the online public and private roster
  • can be re-listed in the roster (showing years of certification) by paying back fees (due at the time of surrender) and a nominal processing fee2

1No unresolved ethics issues and current on all fees (due before the end of a CM cycle).
2Current fee is posted on the BGC website.

Voluntary Surrender Compared to Retirement Status

The table, below, compares the benefits of Voluntary Surrender versus Retirement Status:

Benefit Credential in Good Standing Retirement Status Voluntary Surrender
Cost per Credential or Designation $150 annual $35 Annual or $350 Lifetime No Fee
Eligible for BGC committees Yes Yes  No
Eligible for BGC Board Yes No No
Listing on Public Roster "Active" "Retired" "Voluntary Surrender"
Listing on Private Roster Full text listing Full text listing "Voluntary Surrender"
Receives BGC Newsletter Yes Yes No
May serve as BGC Ambassador Yes Yes No
Annual Fee Reinstatement Discount N/A One-Time $50 No Discount
Application Fee Reinstatement Discount N/A One-Time $50 No Discount
Recertification/CM Portfolio Fee Reinstatement Discount N/A One-Time $50 No Discount
Write a BGC reference for an applicant Yes Yes Yes
Receive digital certification badges Yes Yes No
Allowed as a designation/title for paid or volunteer work1 Yes No No

1Individuals who no longer hold an active BGC credential are only permitted to use the title for paid or volunteer work when it is used in conjunction with their years of service, (e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist, 1987-2015; Qualified Environmental Professional, 2000-2020, etc.).

 

Involuntarily Decertification

Diplomates fail to maintain their certification when any of the following conditions occur:

  • CM Point submission is not approved prior to the 5th month after the end of the CM cycle, or the
    examination is not passed (in the re-certification time periods)
  • Annual fees (renewal & late) have not been paid for more than 2 years
  • A CM audit verifies that the minimum CM point requirements have not been achieved
  • An ethics review results in a decertification sanction

 

BGC may revoke a person’s certification at any time for cause related to an ethics sanction.

When a Diplomate fails to renew the certification, BGC sends a written notice of expiration to the person’s current postal mailing address. BGC will publish the names of persons whose certification has expired.

Decertification decisions can be appealed following the Certification Appeals Procedure.

Except for an ethics-related decertification, a person formerly certified may pursue reactivation (next section).

It is considered unethical conduct for a person to advertise himself/herself as a BGC Diplomate or Certificant (e.g., CIH, CAIH, QEP, CPPS, CPEA, CPSA, or EPI)  if the person:

  • Is not currently certified by BGC
  • Has allowed the certification to expire
  • Has voluntarily surrendered the certification
  • Has chosen retired status
  • Has been de-certified for cause

BGC reserves the right and does take legal action when a non-credentialed person is found to be advertising himself/herself as a BGC Diplomate.