Updates to CET Training Certification

Changes to the Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer (CET)

Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer's (CET) requirements have changed and its name will be updated.

Beginning May 23, 2019, the CET requires:

  • 135 hours of teaching, training, or development in any SH&E specialty.
  • Passing the CET examination.

Removing the qualified credential requirement eliminates a barrier that is preventing many qualified candidates from attempting the exam. The 135-hour SH&E training requirement ensures candidates have the requisite competence.

A CET Beta Exam was offered on June 6, 2019, and those who purchased it are now supporting BCSP's work revalidating the exam.

The CET Beta Exam has 132 items (questions) and candidates have three (3) hours to complete the exam. Reducing the number of items on the examination allows the content to be fully assessed while avoiding redundancy between items and content. A survey was sent to all current CET certificants to evaluate the effect of reducing the number of exams items, finding:

  • Sixty-three percent indicated that the examination length could be reduced with no effect on the value of the certification. 
  • Respondents indicated that classroom experience/time better defined the abilities of a CET than the results of a single examination. 
  • Many respondents indicated that the quality of the items is more important than the quantity.

After the results of the CET Beta Exam are analyzed and released, the CET's name will be changed to Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), which more clearly reflects the exam's focus on adult education principles and instructional design. All CET credential holders, including retired, will from that point hold the CIT.

The beta versions of the CET blueprint, reference list, and self-assessment are available. The final versions will become available under the new CIT name on August 30, 2019.