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About the BCPE

Professional Ergonomics Certification


This page provides BCPE background information.  We are not the BCPE.

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Kris Rightmire
Executive Administrator
Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
P.O. Box 2811
Bellingham, WA 98227-2811

Phone:  (888) 856-4685 and (360) 671-7601
Fax:       (866) 266-8003 and (360) 671-7681
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The Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) is the only certifying body for human factors / ergonomics practitioners that is recognized / endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association / IEA.

The BCPE was established in 1990 as an independent nonprofit organization is a non-profit service corporation chartered on 23 July 1990 under the laws of Washington state.   Corporate policies and procedures and professional-certification criteria are governed by non-employee Directors who are nominated by a Standing Nominations Committee and elected by the Board to three-year terms.

Please note:

  • Designations of CPEs / Certified Professional Ergonomists are equivalent to CHFPs / Certified Human Factors Professionals.
  • Because the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and other Ergonomics Societies are Federated members of the IEA, these implicitly recognize the BCPE’s processes for certifying Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs).
  • The BCPE Certification info.
  • While certificants form a "community of professionals", no formal ties to the BCPE exist; there is no membership status.

The BCPE differentiates between three levels of certification:

  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE):

A career problem solver who applies and develops methodologies for analyzing, designing, testing, and evaluating systems. The professional practitioner addresses complex problems and advances ergonomics technologies and methods.

  • Certified Ergonomics Associate (CEA):

An interventionist who applies a general breadth of knowledge to analysis and evaluation. The associate practitioner reacts to performance, safety, health, and/or quality issues in currently operating work systems.

While the scope of practice for the professional practitioner covers the entire breadth and depth of ergonomics knowledge, the scope of practice for the associate practitioner is limited to the use of commonly accepted tools and techniques for the analysis and enhancement of human performance in existing systems.

  • Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP)

This interim designation may be granted to individuals who meet the educational, but not the work experience, criteria for CPE/CHFP certification. An individual with the AEP/AHFP designation is considered to be an "ergonomist in training" who has five years to complete four years of full-time practice and transition to the higher CPE/CHFP designation.

BCPE’s ergonomics certifications.


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