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Mutual Recognition of Certification Bodies of Professional Ergonomists

The Professional Standards and Education Standing Committee formed a subcommittee to explore the possibility of mutual recognition among the certification bodies and to review the IEA certification process for compatibility with mutual recognition findings. This subcommittee was chaired by Peter Budnick BCPE (USA). Members included: Kazuo Aoki CPE/JES (Japan), Matthias Goebel, ESSA (South Africa), Ernst Koningsveld, CREE (Europe), Trudy Tilbury, HFESA (Australia), Kirsti MacAulay CCPE (Canada), and David Tappin, BCNZE (New Zealand). Their findings were discussed at a special session at IEA2012.

As of February 2013, the following certifying bodies have been endorsed by the IEA:
  • Australia
  • Europe (Committee for Registration of European Ergonomists – CREE)
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (BCPE)
In the past, there was extensive consultation on the definition of a certified ergonomist. This debate highlighted the different types of ergonomists depending on their interest in education, research or practice.

The definitions adopted in relation to these were:
  • “an ergonomist is an individual whose knowledge and skills concern the analysis of human/system interaction and the design of the system in order to optimize human well- being and overall system performance”.
  • “an IEA / Recognized Certified Ergonomist is a professional ergonomist whose practice and training have met the quality criteria set by an IEA / endorsed certifying body”.