Tim McDaniel, CIH, CSP, CHMM, QEP

Tim McDaniel, CIH, CSP, CHMM, QEP

"After graduating from college with an environmental science degree I worked for an air pollution control agency and then and environmental engineering firm. I quickly realized that the advancement opportunities for engineers far exceeded those for other science degrees in the environmental consulting community. I decided that as a non-engineer I needed to distinguish myself from the field and that one way to do this was to obtain a recognized credential. This was at a time when many new environmental credential organizations were being established, many which didn’t require much more than a membership fee to get “certified.” I researched the various credentials and quickly realized that the Certified Industrial Hygienist was among the top in the field and that it included air pollution as core competency. I enrolled in some college classes to broaden my base in industrial hygiene and then passed the exams. Just preparing for the CIH resulted in an immediate lucrative job opportunity. After three years as an environmental manager, my responsibilities were increased to include health, safety, ergonomics and loss prevention. These opportunities would not have presented themselves if I had not earned the CIH designation. I have been with my employer for 23 years now and I have a three more credentials included on my business card, but CIH has always and continues to be listed first."