AAHP President Scott Schwahn
CHP Corner, March 2021
I have just one subject in this edition of the CHP Corner... get connected, stay visible. The more visible we are, the better for everyone. We want the world to know that they can come to us for advice, direction, and yes - for work! And as much as many of us tend to be introverts, we need to connect, especially as we're still trudging through the pandemic. So, first, I'm asking you to connect. Go to our Facebook page and/or our LinkedIn page, and follow them. If you're a CHP, you can also request to join the CHP LinkedIn page for conversation with other CHPs.
Regarding visibility, check out the video produced by your 2020 Title Protection/Professional Recognition Committee! I include it in my signature block as a clickable image, and encourage you to do it also for the benefit of us all. I've copied my signature block as an image in this CHP Corner; there are various resources available online to show you how to do it, as it varies by email type.
I hope to see you all popping up all over the place!
CHP Corner, February 2021
My first draft ran long and you have enough to occupy your time, so just to get to the point... here's what I'm going to talk about this month: I'm going to tell you how to maintain your CHP into retirement, how you can use the title when you've only passed one part (hint: you can't), and about the use of the title CHP when you've not earned it or maintained it. And then I'm not going to summarize... so much for literary approach.
In my first month as President of the Academy, I have been surprised to hear from several fellow CHPs who either planned to retire or who were retired and were lamenting that they would have to give up their hard-earned CHP title. The problem is... that is not true! You can become an Emeritus CHP for the low, low maintenance fee of $25 per year and no longer have to keep up with continuing education credits (CECs). You can still use the title of CHP or DABHP (Diplomate of the American Board of Health Physics) after your name. The process is simple... apply using this form: https://www.aahp-abhp.org/media/716 and send it in to the Secretariat <email@example.com>. The Secretariat will pass it on to the ABHP Vice-Chair for review and approval. Even if you've been retired for a couple years and let your CHP status lapse as a result, you might be able to just pay your past-due maintenance fees to catch up. As an Emeritus CHP, you will have all of the rights and privileges of any other CHP... you're a full member of the Academy!
On occasion, we run into folks "kind of" using the title of CHP in a very subtle, but inappropriate manner. An example that I recall was: "CHP (Part I)". Any implication that a person is certified by the ABHP when they have not passed both parts of the exam within the allotted seven years of each other and have been officially told that they are a CHP is inappropriate. A person who has passed one part of the exam is invited to become an Associate Member of the Academy.
And... the last part is the uncomfortable one. Sometimes a person uses the title of CHP when they are not an active CHP. Here's the short version, since this article is still running long... please don't do it; it's an ethics issue, and no one likes to get or make that phone call or email to confront the problem. More often than not, it's just a matter of not getting your 4-year renewal CECs in on time, or not paying your maintenance fees annually. Please contact the Secretariat if you run into problems with those issues, and we'll do what we can to help. We're all stressed out to some extent, especially due to the impact of the pandemic. You worked hard on that title and we want you to keep it!