FAQ

2. What are the requirements for certification?

Certification involves meeting standard competencies of education and practice. There is not a specific degree requirement. Rather, applicants must have at least an undergraduate degree and must meet the educational competencies outlined in the CCPE Application Kit through university accredited courses. In addition, they must also have 4 years of work experience (with one of those years being mentored), or 5 years of work experience or more. Supporting documentation in the form of work products, demonstrating that the competencies related to professional practice have been met, must be submitted. There is also an application category for practicing ergonomists who have had 10 years of experience and who graduated before July 1997 as well as a category for ergonomists who have been practicing for 25 years or more. The Application Kit provides information on each of these categories and their requirements.

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3. Is there any benefit in having the CCPE designation?

Individuals who have attained the CCPE have demonstrated that they have met set standards of competency in education and practice. This helps to both protect the Ergonomist and the client. CCPEs are expected to abide by the CCPE Code of Ethics. More and more employers are looking for candidates with the CCPE designation and the CCCPE Board works on promoting the designation on an ongoing basis.

4. What is the difference between ACE Membership and Certification?

ACE is a professional organization of Ergonomists and those interested in ergonomics. Its primary objectives are to promote networking and continuing education opportunities for its members and to promote ergonomics in Canada. Attaining certification is a separate process by which an Ergonomist may submit an application meeting the criteria specified in the CCPE Application Kit in order to obtain the professional certification of the Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist. ACE members are not required to be certified Ergonomists, nor are they required to be ergonomists as their full time employment. Becoming a member of ACE does not include a submission of education and work experience documentation. Non-ACE members may apply for certification with the CCCPE. Note that those granted certification are automatically given membership in ACE, although they may chose not to exercise this membership.

6. Does the CCPE certification have a Continuance of Certification requirement?

Yes. The Continuance of Education requirements span 5 years, beginning in the calendar year after receipt of the designation. For example a person who receives the CCPE designation in July 2015 will begin to track points in 2016 for the period of January 2016 to December 2020. They then make the CoC submission in 2021 according to the deadlines as outlined in the Continuance of Certification Program.

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9. The Application Kit says that if I am a Full Member of ACE, I do not need to provide education logs. Is that correct?

Yes, but note that the title “Full Member” is not a current category of membership. Current categories are Member, Affiliate and Student, and the former “Full Member” was a category that existed prior to the implementation of certification. It required submission of education and work product documentation. If you are not sure whether you were a Full Member, please contact the National Office.

11. How do I figure out whether I have any gaps in my education before applying for CCPE?

Your education must meet the hourly requirements for each competency outlined in the CCPE Application Kit. The onus is on the applicant to show that their education does indeed meet the educational competencies. Once the courses have been broken down in the education log, any gaps in meeting the hours in each competency will be revealed, and further education may be needed to fill those gaps.

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15. Is there a list that provides the breakdown of hours into knowledge areas for specific courses?

No, as courses are constantly changing, there is no list that provides a breakdown of hours for specific courses. You may wish to contact an individual with CCPE who graduated from your university to see if they will share their breakdown with you. Note, that you will need to verify the breakdown in case the content of some courses have changed. PLEASE NOTE: The reviewers may have reallocated hours on an applicant’s behalf, which means that their original application may not be appropriate for others to copy in their own applications. Hours for courses should each be individually considered.

16. I know other people who have graduated from the same university and have attained the CCPE designation. Do I still have to send in the education logs or can I just send in my transcripts?

As individuals can take different courses to attain the same degree and because course contents tend to change over time, you must still complete the education logs and send them with your application. PLEASE NOTE: The reviewers may have reallocated hours on an applicant’s behalf, which means that their original application may not be appropriate for others to copy in their own applications. Hours for courses should each be individually considered.

17. How do I break down the hours of courses into the education log?

The courses must be broken down into the appropriate competencies. For example, from a 30 hour course, 10 hours may fit into competency B2, 5 hours into C1 and 15 into D1. Course hours cannot be used twice (“double dipping”), for example 10 hours applied to B1 can not also be applied to D2. Your education must meet the full hours stated in the Application Kit for each competency.

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18. Can I double dip on course hours?

No, course hours attributed to one competency cannot be used to also fulfill another competency. However, one course may be broken down into more than one competency (e.g. of a 30 hour course, 10 hours to competency A1, 10 hours to competency B1 and 10 hours to competency C1. See question #17 as well.

19. What does “mentored experience” mean?

Mentored Experience is one year of professional experience which has been overseen by a qualified individual. A Mentor must be a CCPE, a Member of ACE or another IEA Federated Society or an individual certified through an IEA accredited certification body during the time the mentoring takes place.

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23. What if I don’t meet CCPE requirements the first time that I apply? Will I get feedback to tell me what I need to do to fill gaps in experience or education?

Yes, if you do not meet the CCPE requirements the first time you apply, you will receive a letter outlining the gaps in your application that need to be filled. If you believe you actually have met the criteria outlined in the letter, you may appeal the decision. Note that any additional materials submitted in the appeal must have been completed in the time period prior to the submission of your application.