The ASPHP is proud to be a standard- bearer of the SPHM profession. The ASPHP Certification Program offers the opportunity to become recognized for having the specialized skills, knowledge and experience needed to make safe patient handling and mobility programs successful. In all environments of care, administrators and managers will look to Certified professionals to lead facility efforts to keep their employees safe; promoting improved patient and resident outcomes, as well. Be the one who they know they can count on to make a difference!
Take this important step in your career! Below you will find the necessary instructions, documents and process information to help make your certification effort successful. We suggest that you first read the two articles and view the webinar below for a perspective on the benefits and requirements of becoming certified.
For complete information on the Certification process, including information regarding preparing for and taking the CSPHP exam, please read the Certification Handbook below.
1. What are the requirements for both levels of Certification?
2. What are the costs associated with the Certification?
3. What are considered contact hours and how do I earn them?
“Contact Hours are defined as educational activities intended to expand the knowledge and skills of Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Professionals and Associates in the core competency areas outlined in the ASPHP handbook. This continuing education includes attending or presenting at conferences, workshops and seminars focused on SPHM and closely related healthcare issues and disciplines, engaging in independent-study, teaching at in-service training sessions, writing journal articles, participating in ASPHP committees, and pursuing other activities that advance SPHM and closely related healthcare disciplines.”
READY TO APPLY? WISH YOU HAD ASSISTANCE?
A Mentor Program is available to help you as you apply for certification. You can have questions answered and get advice about the process and requirements from certified ASPHP members. These are “veterans” who are very familiar with what you need to do in order to submit a complete application.
It’s easy to get started. Just contact Patti Wawzyniecki at email@example.com. Patti will put you in touch with a mentor for the certification level you are seeking, A or P. While this is no guarantee that you will be approved – it is a great way to insure your application is as thorough and accurate as possible.
Applying For Your Certification
1. After reviewing the Certification Guidelines, determine which certification you will be applying for. (Your Mentor will help you to make this decision if you are unsure) Complete the entire application worksheet as indicated.
2. After thoroughly completing the application, review the check-list to assure that you have included every requirement. Please submit the entire application, including the completed worksheet, by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org – be sure that these files are NOT encrypted as we will be unable to open them. Write a check for the required fees to ASPHP, and mail to: ASPHP Certification Program, 125 Warrendale Bayne Road, Suite 375, Warrendale, PA 15086. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, but will be returned for requisite information. Fees are not refundable.
NOTE: Applications that are not submitted on the forms above will not be accepted.
The Evaluation and Renewal Committee of the Certification Program evaluates the CSPHP applications in teams of three persons, each conducting their evaluation independently of their colleagues. After all evaluations are completed, if consensus among the team members is not reached regarding the applicant’s approval, they meet to discuss the matter. Often additional information is requested from the applicant to answer questions that the review team may have. When the applicant is approved by the evaluating team, a confirmation review is also conducted by the Chair of the Certification Program. If the CSPHA applicant meets portfolio requirements, they are awarded the designation. If the CSPHP applicant meets the portfolio requirements, they are invited to take the exam. (If the any applicant is not approved, the application can remain open for the remainder of the 12-month period directly following receipt of the application and fee so that the applicant has the oppotunity to meet outstanding requirements.) If they pass the exam, the CSPHP award is then made.
The CSPHP Exam
What is the CSPHP exam like? The exam is based upon the nine core competencies that have been identified by the ASPHP. (Find above under What You Need To Know) It is given in electronic format so that you can take it wherever you are and whenever it is convenient for you. Take the brief practice exam found here to help you prepare.
The CSPHP Exam is available to eligible persons on a rolling basis.
When the portfolio of the CSPHP applicant has been approved by the Certification Evaluation team, the candidate will be informed via an email and will also receive User Name and Password information through which they will be able to access the Exam information and the Exam. Applicants will have 30 days from receipt of this information to take the exam. Persons who require an additional 30 day extension will receive a new user name and password following submission of a required fee. Once logged in, and the Exam accessed under the Exam Module tab, the candidate will have 120 minutes to complete the exam. This exam cannot be “parked” to return to at a later time. Once the Exam is opened, the clock begins running and the person taking the exam will be “locked-out” when 120 minutes expires.
Exam-takers will receive notification of their Pass/Fail status immediately following exam completion.
Persons who do not have a passing score may apply to take the exam again following a 45-day waiting period. A new user name and password will be issued to take the exam the second time following submission of required fee. Persons who do not have a passing score after taking the exam a second time may submit the required fee to take the exam one more time following another 45-day waiting period. If the candidate does not have a passing score after taking the test the third time they will be eligible to reapply for the entire CSPHP process following the passage of one-year after the initial application date.
CSPHP and CSPHA certifications are subject to annual maintenance (fee required) and a renewal (same fee required of the annual maintenance) every three years. Documentation of newly acquired contact hours is the only requirement of renewal: for CSPHA, 15 contact hours are required in renewal years and 36 contact hours are required of CSPHP certificants.
Please track your required contact hours as you earn them so that you are aware of how many you might need for your renewal when it is due. Below is a handy excel spreadsheet for your use. Note that there are drop-down boxes to help you with Contact Hrs Type, Skill Code and Hours earned.