IIA Transfers EHS Certifications to BGC

IIA focuses on core professional certifications for internal auditors

BGC is the premier organization for Environmental, Health, and Safety credentialing

LAKE MARY, Fla. (March 4, 2020) — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Board for Global EHS (environmental, health and safety) Credentialing (BGC) announced today that their governing bodies have agreed to transition the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) and Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) certifications from The IIA to the BGC. Both credentials are under the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC) and encompass five specialties:

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

Practitioners holding the CPEA and CPSA will join a family of respected EHS credential and designation holders already under the BGC umbrella, which include the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), and the Environmental Professional Intern (EPI). Application and testing for the new Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) credential is also scheduled to begin in 2020. This transition provides EHS professionals with access to a wider range of credentials and designations for improving public protection.

The IIA will continue to provide support to its members with insightful and topical EHS-related content and programs to support their activities in environmental compliance and to demonstrate proficiency in key elements of health and safety audits.

“The Board for Global EHS Credentialing is the premier global credentialing body for professionals who protect the health of people and the environment,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “While BGC will take charge of these important certifications, The IIA will continue our focus on professional internal audit credentials, particularly our flagship Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). These offer a critical step to not only sharpen important skills and proficiencies but also increase career advancement and earnings potential.”

Added Cynthia Hanko, CIH, Chair of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing, “The leadership of BGC and BEAC recognized the synergies in their respective practice fields and have resolved to bring that spirit to the operations and outreach of their credentials moving forward, resulting in improved public recognition of credentialed-practitioners and better public protection.”

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About The Institute of Internal Auditors
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Established in 1941, The IIA today has more than 200,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The IIA’s global headquarters are located in Lake Mary, Fla., U.S.A. For more information, visit or

About the Board for Global EHS Credentialing
Originally founded in 1960 as the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the mission of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) is to be the leader in offering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals practicing the science of evaluating, protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment. BGC’s credentialing divisions offer the Certified Industrial Hygienist credential (CIH), Qualified Environmental Professional credential, Environmental Professional In-Training designation, and in 2020, the Certified Professional Product Steward credential. Currently, more than 7,600 people around the world hold a BGC credential or designation. For more information, visit

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