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DANIEL H. ANNA, PhD, CIH, CSP, is president of AIHA and senior industrial hygienist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. He can be reached at (240) 228-1980 or dan.anna@jhuapl.edu.
Practical Guidance: The AIHA Career Stages Project
BY DANIEL H. ANNA, AIHA PRESIDENT
AIHA has a new tool to help us align our resources and development opportunities with the needs of members at all stages of their careers. The AIHA Career Stages program encourages professional certification but also supports attainment of other specialized competency-based credentials such as registrations. The volunteer group that developed the content for this program defined four stages in an industrial hygienist’s career:
  • Student/Intern: in this stage, the future IH learns the fundamentals of the profession and prepares to enter the workplace.
  • Early Career Professional: IHs in this stage continue to master core competencies and apply them in the workplace.
  • Professional: This individual is a CIH or working toward attaining the CIH or has the equivalent experience and skills. The Professional develops, implements, and evaluates comprehensive IH programs.
  • Senior Professional: This individual has significant experience in leadership and management, including management of large-scale IH programs.
In addition to defining technical skills for each stage, AIHA Career Stages also outlines skills in leadership and management that, when paired with technical expertise, propel industrial hygienists along their career trajectory. Management skills include skills in communication, time management, training, and supervision. Leadership skills include such things as directing teams, mentoring and being mentored, and managing projects.
The AIHA Career Stages program encourages professional certification but also supports attainment of other specialized competency-based credentials such as registrations.
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