Progression from the Intermediate level to the Advanced level can be achieved via academic or professional routes
OHTA does not offer its own qualifications at these levels as they are available from various academic institutions and national associations
Studying at the Advanced level
Occupational hygiene study programmes from universities are available at Undergraduate and Masters degree level.
OHTA is developing specialist modules in a number of areas (see Community pages) and these may be incorporated into academic programmes. For example, the Universities of Wollongong in Australia and Antofagasta in Chile have developed Masters degree courses based on the OHTA modules.
Academic qualifications may be the basis for obtaining recognised professional qualifications as an occupational hygienist. Professional qualifications are generally issued by national associations. Requirements vary from country to country, but the International Occupational Hygiene Association has developed a National Accreditation Recognition programme. Participating countries recognise each other's professional qualifications.
What should I do next?
Entry requirements for advanced courses will depend on the regulations of the institution concerned.
At Advanced level, you must support your knowledge of occupational hygiene with a variety of non-technical skills. The University of Wollongong identifies a set of knowledge and skills that can be defined as tertiary literacy:
- Information literacy - the capacity to recognise when information is needed and the capacity to locate, evaluate, and effectively use required information
- Computer literacy - the ability to effectively use computer devices and associated peripherals and generic software to find, store, retrieve and manipulate data
- Statistical literacy - the ability to think statistically and to effectively use formal statistical reasoning. Three modules are available on-line to help students acquire core statistical literacy skills
- Professional practices - the transfer and application of knowledge, values, attitudes and skills gained from university study to work and life settings including the management of a professional career with the transition from study to work
You should consider how you will acquire these additional skills. Often you can develop them through experience at work but you may need to consider taking supplementary courses.
Professional hygienists are expected to continue their development throughout their working life. Many national associations set requirements for Continuing Professional Education which you are expected to meet if you practice as a professional.