Waikwong Kan, CIH

Waikwong Kan, CIH

"In 1996, I interviewed for a United States Air Force (USAF) Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer position with Colonel Chandler (a CIH). During the interview, he explained to me the significance of getting board certified in industrial hygiene. Ever since the interview, I wanted to become a CIH because I think it was one of the best ways to make my credential stronger. Having the CIH designation after my name was like having a “PhD. “ In 2008, after I got back from a deployment to Iraq, I studied for 1 month, took and passed the CIH exam. The CIH credential helped me stand out during both my military and civilian career. In 2008, I was named the USAF Industrial Hygienist of the Year…the same year I got my CIH credential… I believed it was not a coincident.

My CIH credential helped me greatly in transitioning from my military career back to my civilian career. During my job hunt, I received five job offers. In fact, the CIH credential was one of the selection criteria for my current position. The CIH designation helped open up more doors. In my case, I had five jobs to choose from.

My experiences are testimonies of the CIH factor. The CIH designation lets employers and customers know you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile. I highly recommend anyone who chooses industrial hygiene as his or her career to become a CIH."