Continuing Education Committee

The mission of the Continuing Education Committee:

To ensure the highest possible quality for AIHA training programs and educational opportunities for professionals in occupational and environmental health.

The CEC's goal is to provide the membership with a planned system of high-quality continuing education instruction designed and delivered to enhance attainment and retention of technical competence by occupational and environmental health professionals.

The committee has three objectives to guide it toward this goal:

  • To identify and promote new educational programs.

  • To monitor the quality of courses presented under the auspices of the committee.

  • To improve communication with other AIHA technical committees.

In pursuing these objectives, the committee:

  • Coordinates the development and presentation of half-day and full-day professional development courses at AIHce EXP.

  • Works with the national office to periodically assess the members' needs for continuing education.

  • Reviews all courses, newly proposed and previously presented, at AIHce EXP.

  • Obtains and analyzes student evaluations, audits continuing education courses, and provides feedback of PDC results.

  • Improves participation in technical committee reviewing of PDCs and designates specific members to proactively interact with technical committees.

Generic Description of Continuing Education Committee Meetings

The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) meets four times a year, virtually and in-person. The Spring meeting is held via conference call. The Summer meeting occurs during the annual conference, AIHce EXP, at the conference site.  The mid-Summer meeting is virtual, where all courses held at AIHce EXP are critiqued, and feedback is formulated to provide to course instructors.  The Fall Meeting is held via conference call, and the meeting lasts approximately 3-4 hours, where the next years' course are selected. CEC member attendance at these meetings is mandatory.

Spring

The focus of this conference call is two-fold. First, we review the CEC’s work from the previous year. Second, we strive to identify new initiatives or methods for AIHA members to have access to high quality continuing education. Several administrative issues are also addressed at this meeting. Examples of items discussed include: conference Professional Development Course (PDC) selection and auditing processes;  the CEC role in assuring the appropriateness and quality of continuing education activities; and CEC goals for the upcoming year.

Summer

At this meeting we primarily review the attendee and monitor evaluations of the PDCs that were offered Saturday, Sunday & Thursday at the AIHce EXP. Each PDC attendee is requested to complete an online evaluation form, critiquing the course. CEC members audit both new PDCs, and PDCs that were placed on probation, the preceding year. We compile and review attendee, CEC and PDC monitor feedback. PDCs with significant failings are either placed on probation by the CEC, or they are discontinued. We suggest improvements for PDCs with minor shortcomings. After the Summer meeting, letters are sent to PDC presenters informing them of the results of the CEC evaluation.

Fall

During the Fall meeting we select PDCs for the following year’s AIHce EXP. Each year more and more PDC proposals compete for a limited number (around 55) of PDC slots at the AIHce EXP. As a result, the CEC has developed a rigorous rating process in order to eliminate bias in the selection process. In preparation for the fall meeting, proposed PDCs are reviewed and scored by at least two CEC members. When we convene, we review the CEC evaluation of the PDC proposals, and past performance, if the PDC has been previously given. We then rank-order the proposals, selecting the best proposals for inclusion into the upcoming year’s AIHce EXP.

  • Form 13 - PDC Non-select Appeal Form

  • Form 12 - Distance Learning Review Form

Interested in Joining?

The call for new members closed on March 28, 2018.  Starting in December of 2018, AIHA will invite members to apply for a position on the Continuing Education Committee (CEC).  The CEC is the volunteer group that provides one of the levels of technical peer review of AIHA’s professional development courses (PDCs). [The second level of peer review is provided by AIHA’s technical committees and working groups.] In addition to providing review of the PDCs offered at AIHce EXP, you would also be asked to audit new offerings. This means an opportunity for CM hours, at no cost to you!   We ask that you commit to participate in the CEC for 4-years. Selection will be completed in Spring 2019 and your term will begin with AIHce EXP 2019 in Minneapolis​, MN.

Prospective volunteers are asked to provide a current resume or CV and fill out an application​ listing their experience, knowledge, and primary areas of interest.  

Questions?  Contact, Erin Breece, Program Director, Education at ebreece@aiha.org or +1.703.846.0749.​