Bellingham, WA – May 20, 2008 – The BCPE® (Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics) will end Certification by Portfolio Review on July 30, 2008. Certification by Portfolio Review is available to accomplished professionals with at least fifteen (15) years of ergonomics/human factors/usability work experience.
BCPE originally targeted April 30, 2008 as the closure date for the portfolio review process. However, a larger than expected number of applications and some uncertainty among eligible candidates as to when and how the process will terminate prompted the Board to briefly extend the application deadline. The portfolio option is being discontinued as BCPE positions itself for accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body for the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).
Qualified candidates are invited to apply and can download a free application form from the bcpe.org web site at http://bcpe.org/store/detail.asp?RecordID=51. Once submitted, portfolio applications are evaluated in accordance with BCPE’s stringent blind review process. Portfolio Review applications submitted after July 30, 2008 will not be accepted.
BCPE incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1990, and issued its first certificate in 1992 to the late Dr. Alphonse Chapanis. In 2001, BCPE had the distinction of being the first organization to receive endorsement by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) as an accredited certifying body, and is considered the premier certification organization for individuals whose education and experience indicate broad expertise in this field of practice.
BCPE offers the following professional designations: CPE (Certified Professional Ergonomist), CHFP (Certified Human Factors Professional), and CEA (Certified Ergonomics Associate). Qualified young professionals are eligible for AEP (Associate Ergonomics Professional) or AHFP (Associate Human Factors Professional).
For more information about BCPE and its certification programs, visit the BCPE web site at http://www.bcpe.org.