Resource Information on Professional Certification Associated with Health Physics

Certification Organizations

American Board of Health Physics

http://www.hps1.org/aahp/boardweb/abhphome.html

Certification indicates that the recipient has completed certain requirements of study and professional experience, which the Board considers to constitute an adequate foundation in health physics, and has passed an examination designed to test competence in this field. Holders of ABHP certification may identify themselves as either Certified Health Physicists (CHP) or Diplomates of the American Board of Health Physics (DABHP). It should be recognized that the certificate awarded by the Board is not a license and, therefore, does not confer a legal qualification to practice health physics.

American Board of Medical Physics

http://abmpexam.com/

Established in 1987, The American Board of Medical Physics certifies physicists and related scientists to practice clinical medical physics and perform research on human subjects. Originally, the ABMP certified medical physicists in the traditional disciplines of Radiation Therapy Physics and Diagnostic Imaging Physics but by agreement with the American Board of Radiology in 2001 the ABMP discontinued new examinations in these two subdisciplines. Certificates are issued to candidates who have demonstrated their knowledge and proficiency by successfully completing comprehensive written and oral examinations. Currently, the two primary certificates are offered in the field of radiological sciences: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics and Medical Health Physics. The ABMP also has ongoing programs for the maintenance of certifications in Radiation Therapy Physics, Diagnostic Imaging Physics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics and Medical Health Physics.

National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

http://www.nrrpt.org/

The objective of the Registry is to encourage and promote the education and training of Radiation Protection Technologists and, by doing so, promote and advance the science of Health Physics.  Registered Practitioners are persons who have satisfied their registration maintenance requirements or who have not yet come to the conclusion of their first cycle. Practitioners actively support the NRRPT by paying an annual sustaining fee.

American Board of Radiology

http://www.theabr.org/

A certificate will be issued to each candidate who has satisfactorily met the training requirements specified by the board and has passed the computer-based examinations (Part 1 and Part 2) and the Part 3 (oral) examination, demonstrating an adequate level of knowledge and ability in medical physics in accordance with the definition as stated in the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the American Board of Radiology. ABR Medical Physics Certificates issued in 2002 and beyond are time-limited certificates.

Board of Laser Safety

https://www.lasersafety.org/

The BLS offers two types of certification. The first type is called Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) and is intended for professionals who are working with lasers in a scientific, manufacturing, or industrial environment. Our second type is called Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO) and is intended for professionals who are working with lasers in any medical environment. 

Working in laser safety can be highly competitive, and becoming certified can help you stand out from other job candidates. At the same time, becoming certified adds a higher level of credibility to your “on-the-job” experience. The combination of laser safety experience and certification demonstrates to current and potential employers that you are accomplished and qualified in the field.

“BLS certification demonstrates to the public, colleagues, and employers one’s qualifications and proficiencies,” states Barbara Sams, executive director, Board of Laser Safety. “It identifies the individual as an LSO who has achieved a specific level of knowledge and expertise, and possesses a higher level of commitment to the industry. It enhances the LSO’s credibility as the authoritative individual responsible for the facility’s laser safety program.”

Available Prep courses for Certification Exams

American Board of Health Physics

http://www.online.colostate.edu/courses/EDLL/EDLL2005.dot

http://www.datachemsoftware.com/chpprep.htm

http://www.bevelacquaresources.com/

https://www.dademoeller.com/training/catalog/abhp-exam-prep-part-i/

American Board of Medical Physics

http://www.thearpi.com/

http://www.arcphysics.net/

National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

https://tmscourses.com/NRRPT.pdf

http://www.ntanet.net/NRRPT.html

https://www.dademoeller.com/training/catalog/nrrpt-exam-prep/

http://www.bevelacquaresources.com/

Board of Laser Safety

http://de356l4tocdyu.cloudfront.net/pdf/CLSO%20Exam%20Reference%20Guide_Apr2013.pdf