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Certification in Industrial Ergonomics & Human Factors Engineering

Certification Program

The certification committee has proposed the following criteria during the period of November 1995 through December 2003. The best measure of the qualifications and competence of professional persons in most technical fields is that obtained by the judgment of peers in that particular field and the quality of technical products produced by the professional. Given this and the need for evidence of qualification in Ergonomics/Human Factors, the Oxford Research Institute has established a process for certification based upon a controlled peer review process. This process was formally instituted in 1993 with the selection of a review committee appointed by the Institute. Oxford Research Institute is committed to performing this service on a "cost" basis with the use of a volunteer director.

  • Applicant must have a minimum of 6 years employment with a BS degree, 5 years of experience with a Masters Degree or 4 years with a Ph.D. degree and have been employed full-time as either a Human Factors Specialist, Ergonomist, Industrial Ergonomist, Engineering Psychologist, Industrial Engineer performing ergonomics or Human Factors Engineer as their primary job title during this time period.
  • Note: A Masters degree is required for the CIE and CHFEP credential. Some exceptions to these requirements may be made on a case by case basis. For example, if a person has over 25 years experience in this field but does not have an appropriate degree, special allowances for this situation will be made since Universities back in the 1950's and early 1960's did not offer degrees in Human Factors, Ergonomics, or Human Factors Engineering.

  • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from professional sponsors employed in the same technical field (Ergonomics or Human factors Engineering)along with their names and phone numbers. These professional peers must recommend the applicant for professional certification and personally know of the applicants capability, knowledge, and professional experience over the past five years. These sponsors should be either past or presently, certified, or fellows of the National Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or full members or a member of APA Division 21 or be certified by ORI. Letters of recommendations must be submitted from individuals who have been employed as either Ergonomist or Human factors Engineers for at least six years as their primary job.

  • Applicant must submit formal evidence of professional technical ergonomics applied knowledge or human factors engineering contributions in the form of applicant authored books, technical reports, formal publications, conference presentations, HFE / Ergonomics training course materials developed, or research reports authored for clients. Submitted materials must address some direct aspect of ergonomics or human factors engineering endeavors such as systems design or systems evaluation, with specific emphasis on the human component, injury or error reduction, or enhanced safety.

  • Applicant should send in all college transcripts and have at least a BS (see note above) but preferably a Masters degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Ergonomics, Industrial Ergonomics, Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, General Psychology, Sensory Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Cognitive Engineering, Bio Engineering, Industrial Psychology, Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Design, Anthropology, Physiology, or other degrees which the certification Review Board believes to be relevant and allied to the focus of certification. A Ph.D. degree has additional weight in the certification process, equal to one year of experience beyond the MS degree.

  • All applicants will be required to sit for a two to four hour examination.

  • Applicant must submit the certification fee of $475.00 in US currency, check, or money order along with the application. In the event that the applicant does not meet the criteria for certification, this fee will be refunded minus the cost of postage and administrative handling (not to exceed $200.00). For more information and an application package you may call Bill Banks at 301-865-4506 in New Market, Maryland.

  • Ergonomics as a discipline is considered by some professionals to be equivalent to, or a direct subset of Human Factors Engineering, focusing primarily on human injury and risk reduction through the design and configuration of equipment to be congruent with the anthropometrics of human body and articulating joints. Ergonomist focus on the design of equipment and the specific tasks performed by people to make certain that the task, equipment and body anthropometrics are all compatible in a focused attempt to decrease the probability of repetitive motion injury, carpel tunnel syndrome and a host of other job related injuries and illness

    Core competencies within the field of ergonomics include physiological psychology, physiology, sensory psychology, anthropometrics, statistics, engineering psychology, experimental design, human factors engineering, human reliability analysis, industrial safety , human behavior analysis, and other related disciplines. In particular all Ergonomists should know how to perform a detailed tasks analysis and apply MILSTD 1472-D and other relevant OSHA, ANSI, NIOSH as well as other guidelines and standards. Collateral disciplines such as Bio-mechanics, systems engineering, anatomy, physics, motion analysis, and kinesthethics all have a direct applicability to ergonomics.

    Some additional core competencies or areas of study might involve: Human Memory, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Cognition, Design for ease of Maintainability, Workload assessment , and Systems Safety. There is also the area of Macro-Ergonomics which includes Organizational Design and Behavior, Total Quality Management and the development of Safety Behavior and Culture.

    Proposed Core Competency Courses

    The following courses have been suggested as the type which may eventually be approved for the certification program.

    Physiological Psychology, 4 units* or equivalents listed:
    Neuro Physiology
    Neuro Psychology

    Sensory psychology, 3 units* or equivalent:
    Anthropometrics, 3 units*

    Dynamic Mechanical Systems
    Systems Engineering
    Mathematics/Statistics, 6 units*
    Engineering psychology, 3 units*
    Experimental design, 8 units*
    Physics, 4 units
    Human Factors Engineering, 3 units*

    Engineering Psychology or Ergonomics
    Human Learning /memory 3 units
    Research Design, 4 units
    Industrial Safety, 2 units
    Anatomy/Biology, 8 units*
    Human Behavior Analysis 3 units*
    Personnel Selection 3 units*
    Other related disciplines, such as
    Cognition, Cognitive Sciences
    Bio Mechanical Engineering,
    Industrial Engineering,
    Systems Engineering, Systems Safety
    Architectural Engineering, and
    Human Development - all contain elements related directly to Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics.

    Specialty Certification Areas In Ergonomics / Human Factors

    1. Sensory Performance &Evaluation

    1.1 Human Visual Performance Specialist
    1.2 Human Auditory Perfom. Specialist

    2. Bio Mechanical Modeling Specialist
    3. Industrial Organizations Evaluation Specialist

    3.1 Training Development & Evaluation Specialist
    3.2 Procedures Develop. & Evaluation Specialist
    3.3 Personnel Selection & ,Eval. Specialist

    4. Human Motor Performance Specialist

    4.1. Hand-eye coordination Specialist

    5. Functional Requirements Analyst
    6. Human Reliability Specialist
    7. Cumulative Trauma and Injury Prevention
    8. Movement Dysfunction Specialist
    9. Commercial Product Safety Design Specialist
    10. Probabilistic Risk Specialist
    11. Cognitive workload Specialist
    12. Physical Workload Specialist
    13. Ergonomic Equipment Design & Evaluation Specialist
    14. Human Machine Interface Design Specialist
    15. Ergonomics Training / Education
    16. Workplace Assessment Specialists

    Industry Applications Specialty

    1. Utilities & Nuclear Power Systems
    2. Commercial Aircraft Systems
    3. Military Systems
    4. Medical Systems
    5. Commercial Transportation Systems
    6. Industrial Manufacturing Systems
    7. Office Computing Systems
    8. Telecommunication Systems
    9. Agriculture & Mining Systems

    ORI is Recognized by the Following Organizations:


    Abbott Labs


    ALAMEDA County California

    AIG Insurance Company

    American Bureau of Shipping

    American Ergonomics Assn.

    Arthur D. Little

    Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company


    Barnes Jewish Hospital

    Bauer & Schultz Law Firm

    Beckton Dickinson

    Bronx VA Medical Center


    California State University, Hayward,

    Carlow International, Inc.

    Chrysler Motor Co., MI

    CIGNA Ins. Co

    CNA Ins. Co.

    Central Intelligence Agency

    The California State Insurance Fund


    Duke University


    Ergomatrix Inc.



    ESIS Insurance Company


    Federal Aviation Administration

    Firemans Fund Ins. Co.

    Florida Power and Light

    Ford Motor Co., MI


    General Motors



    Hewlett Packard

    Honda of North America, Inc.

    Human Tech Inc.



    Innovation Research of California, Inc.

    Integrated Systems Research, Inc

    International Business Machines

    International Paper

    Internal Revenue Service


    J&H Marsh & McLennan, Inc.

    Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


    Kemper Insurance Co.

    Krupp Crane/GWW


    Los Angles, City of


    MARSH Inc.

    Maryland, State of

    Mountain State University


    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

    Naval Health Research Center

    National Safety Council - Barbra Jean Dempski

    Naval Health Research Center

    Navistar International, Ft. Wayne, IN

    Navy Medical Research Institute


    New York University

    New York, State of

    Norfolk Naval Hospital

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    NY University Hospital OIC

    NY University Medical School

    NSC Industrial Ergonomics Coordinator

    NYU Dept. of Ergonomics & Biomechanics


    Ohio, State of

    Operations Research Incorporated

    Oregon, State of


    Parallax Corporation, VA

    Pennsylvania, State of





    Resonincs International


    Silicon Valley Ergonomics Institute

    The Standard Benefits Insurance Company


    Tennesee Valley Authority

    Travelers Ins. Co.



    Trinatas Hospital, Elizabeth, J



    United States Army - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

    US Army - APG

    US Department of Defense

    US Department of Interior

    US Marine Corps, Quantico, VA

    US Naval Shipyard - Portsmouth Virginia

    US Park Service - Washigton DC

    US Postal Service

    US Public Health Service

    US Treasury Dept.

    USF&G Ins. Co



    Veterans Administration Hospital

    Virginia, State of


    Wassau Insurance Company


    Willis International

    Worksite International

    Worksteps International