The CCPE (Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist) designation is the only certification in Canada that requires applicants to:
- meet standard competencies in both education and practice
- have a degree in a related field
- have a minimum of 4 years of full-time practice
- devote the majority of their work time to the application, practice and/or teaching of ergonomics
- maintain their certification through a continuance of certification process
All members are held to a code of ethics.
Those who have attained the educational competencies may apply for the AE (Associate Ergonomist) designation while working towards attaining the years of practice and required professional experience competencies for the CCPE designation.
In the past decade, there has been a growing recognition of the field of ergonomics and human factors. With this recognition has come increased demand for ergonomic services. These services are currently offered by individuals with a wide range of training in ergonomics. Certification, with its requirement to meet a set of standards in training and experience, is important both for ergonomists and for the users of ergonomic services. Certification is required to:
- protect users of ergonomics services
- protect the reputation of ergonomics
- improve quality of practice
Since 1968, ACE has recognized the need for certification. In 1998, ACE established the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists.
A list of current CCPEs can be found at www.cccpe.ca
Consultants with the CCPE designation can be found through our Directory of Consultants.
For more information on the CCPE certification and how to apply, please go to www.cccpe.ca
International Certifying Bodies
A number of countries have developed a certification process to certify practitioners of ergonomics that adheres to the minimum standards of competency set by the International Ergonomics Association. This helps users of ergonomics services to identify those who have an identified level of training and experience and improves the quality of practice among ergonomists.
- Canada: CCCPE - Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (www.cccpe.ca)
- United States of America: BCPE - Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists (www.bcpe.org)
- Europe: CREE - Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (www.eurerg.eu)
- Australia: Register of Certified Professional Ergonomists (www.ergonomics.org.au)
- New Zealand: BCNZE - Board for Certification of New Zealand Ergonomists (www.ergonomics.org.nz)
Visit the CCCPE web site for more information on certification in Canada, criteria and application forms.