Pam Pryor Certification

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Pam Pryor Certification

  1. 1. Certification of OHS Professionals The way to professionalism
  2. 2. Today • Where have we come from? • Why certification? • Who are we talking about? • History to date? • What does certification look like? • Management • Categories • Criteria • Implementation
  3. 3. The problem • No regulatory framework for practice • No benchmark for assessing competence of those giving OHS professional advice • Lack of definition and clarity of role • Lack of professional recognition Impacts on delivery of advice to improve OHS Impacts on influence to achieve change
  4. 4. Where have we come from: Community perception ? “….This industry may benefit from some form of industry based accreditation scheme, similar to those operating in the accounting field, so that customers can gain a level of confidence about the consultants that they may engage” (Maxwell, 2004 p. 271).
  5. 5. Code of Ethics & Minimum Service Standards Established the requirement for professional certification  Minimum education standards  Demonstrated competence  Experience  CPD  Commitment to code of ethics  Process managed by professional associations 2007
  6. 6. The OHS Professions Ergonomist Occupational Nurse Occupational Physician Occupational Hygienist OHS Generalist Occupational Psychologist ……..
  7. 7. Why Certification? • Professional recognition with other professions • Benchmark for knowledge and skills • Public assurance of capable advice • Role clarity • Selection and employment clarity • Competitive advantage
  8. 8. What’s in it for OHS Professionals?  Role recognition  Recognition of education, knowledge and experience  Employment advantage  Recognition of Practitioner and Professional roles  Public indemnity status  International comparability  Public listing on certified professional register  Use of Certified Logo
  9. 9. (Generalist) OHS Professional “one who applies a multidisciplinary Body of Knowledge in a unique way to provide enterprises with advice on the organisational arrangements that will lead to the systemic and systematic management and reduction of fatality, injury, disease and ill-health”
  10. 10. Outputs of OHS Body of Knowledge project 1. Define OHS Body of Knowledge 2. Develop and implement accreditation criteria and process for OHS professional education programs 3. Develop a certification process for OHS professionals
  11. 11. History to date • Proposal put to HaSPA, 2011 • Literature review • Comparison with Australian and international OHS bodies • Comparison with other professions • Focus groups with employers of OHS professionals (3) • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17024 General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons • Further consultation with OHS professional bodies and planning for implementation , 2011, 12 • Limited pilot program, 2013 • Completion of development, 2014 • Implementation, 2014
  12. 12. OHS Professional Certification • Profession wide (not ‘owned’ by one professional body) • Oversighted by a representative body (AOHSPCB) • Criteria reflect capability • 4 categories
  13. 13. Australian OHS Professional Certification Board • Scope: • Certification of Generalist OHS Professionals and Practitioners • Functions • Approving process and procedures • Determining fees • Establishing protocols for the use of certification marks • Oversighting any outsourced activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures • Promote the benefits of certification • Maintaining links with like purpose national and international bodies
  14. 14. Australian OHS Professional Certification Board • Australian Council of Trade Unions • Australian Industry Group • OHS regulator (WorkSafe Victoria) • Safety Institute of Australia • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene • Human Factors and Ergonomic Society of Australia • Australian & New Zealand Society for Occupational Medicine • Australian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine • Senior OHS Professional (by invitation) • Safe Work Australia (by invitation)
  15. 15. OHS Professional Certification Four categories • Certified OHS Practitioner • Implementer, oversight and drive compliance • Effectively use a range of OHS tools and processes • Work under supervision (may be remote) • Certified Graduate OHS Professional • Certified Professional • Core of profession • Problem solvers based on conceptual and technical knowledge, analysis of evidence and critical thought mediated by experience • Likely to work solo or give direction to others • Chartered OHS Professional • Designer of strategy and influential with senior managers • High level specialist or strategic skills • Consider broader organisational and social context
  16. 16. The OHS Practitioner - A special note • Certification promotes a specified role for OHS practitioners (which is currently the situation is US and EU but not Australia) • OHS Practitioner role is an important role in its own right, not just a step on the way to OHS Professional • OHS Practitioner (implementer) role requires a different set of skills to that of OHS Professional • Certification will be accompanied by a communication strategy which will benefit all practitioners and professionals
  17. 17. Certification Criteria Certified OHS practitioner Certified OHS Professional Chartered OHS Prof’snl Membership Of a recognized OHS professional body (see 5 bodies) Qualifications VET Diploma/Adv Diploma OHS Degree, GD or masters OR Alternative Assessment PhD or masters in OHS related area OR Evidence of operating at high levels Experience 2 yrs practice 3 yrs or equiv incl 12 months post education 10 years org experience incl 5 yrs OHS Evidence of capable practice Portfolio report Referees Practice report Referees Reflective journal Referees Interview CPD CPD CPD Code of ethics Code of ethics Code of ethics
  18. 18. When will it start? • First meeting AOHSPCB 1st April 2014 in • Appointment of outsourced agency • Launch in June 2014 • Transition processes for current financial members of OHS professional associations • Set submission dates
  19. 19. Transition processes • Ensure integrity of certification • Open to financial members of OHS professional bodies • Limited period • Discounted cost • Graded members • Questionnaire • Outcome depends on qualifications • Ungraded members • Full application • Support for change of category
  20. 20. What will I have to do? • If you are a current members of an OHS professional body you will receive information • Graded - Complete questionnaire • Non graded • Complete application • Provide evidence of qualifications • Provide names of referees (for interview) • Complete practice or portfolio report • Complete reflective journal (for ChartOHSProf) • Complete ethics declaration • If not a current member of an OHS professional body you will need to join one
  21. 21. What does this mean for you?
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