Taking Certification to Another Level


The ASPHP is pleased to announce a new Certification http://www.asphp.org/certification/ in safe patient handling and mobility.  The Certified Safe Patient Handling Clinician (CSPHC) designation will provide recognition for licensed caregivers coordinating or supporting SPHM practices “at the bedside” for their organization.  Licensed professionals such as RNs, OTs, PTs, PAs and others seeking distinction for their SPHM expertise may be interested in pursuing this credential.

Achieving the CSPHC credentialing is a two-step process:  first, acceptance of an application portfolio documenting the required experience and education; second, completion of an examination with a passing score.  Further assistance with questions and/or in-depth guidance is available through the Certification mentorship program.

The first 15 applicants meeting the application requirements for the Certified Safe Patient Handling Clinician credential will be granted “grandfather” status and will be awarded the CSPHC credential provided they participate in the CSPHC examination validation process.   The validation process entails that the first 15 awarded CSPHC to complete the examination process.   Regardless of the examination outcome, the first 15 awarded CSPHC applicants will remain credentialed, provided they continue meeting the maintenance & renewal requirements of the credential.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017.  Please review the certification requirements,  application, mentorship program, and associated fees on the Certification webpage of the ASPHP. Questions or requests for a mentor can be may be directed to Patti Wawzyniecki at pwawzyniecki@hovermatt.com.

There is recognized value for both the certificant and the organization in SPHM certification. According to the 2016 AON WC Barometer, the average cost of claims for systems where more than 25 percent of staff are certified is significantly lower ($4,200 vs. $7,300). 1

This is the only SPHM certification currently available. It is recognized by Magnet and the VA and known to OSHA as evidence of “experience and credential of the person(s) responsible for administering the system” that OSHA is required to evaluate.

1) The 2016 Aon Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer, 3rd Edition, Aon plc.

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