How to Get Your Rehs Certification

How to Get Your Rehs Certification
As an REHS (or, Residential Health and Safety) certified professional, you have a responsibility to ensure that your clients receive the highest quality in health and safety services, and that you are able to provide them with that standard of care. A lack of certification can mean a difference of thousands of dollars in costs and a lack of job opportunities. With the explosion of onsite wastewater treatment in recent decades, it has become even more critical for REHS certified professionals to ensure their clients have the latest in training and onsite equipment and facilities to safely treat any contaminants in the water or onsite properties. The best way to do this is through the process of re-certification.

This process begins by receiving a re-test from a third party testing company. This third party company will perform an independent, scientific exam of your test site, to verify your certificate. You will be given the opportunity to challenge their findings, providing additional data that will support your case. Once the third party test has been validated, your certificate will be updated. If there are questions about the validity of the certification, a formal hearing will be scheduled before the REHS Board of Certification to determine the validity of your certification. Once again, your best bet is to find a good, reputable testing company to handle this process.

Once your certificate is granted, you will be required to take a series of continuing education classes, as required by your state. Many states require employers to offer these classes, as employers often times do not request this type of training and are wary of it. These continuing education classes should be taken at local technical schools or through the Internet. You will want to make sure that the level of education is comparable to what would be offered in a typical workplace, if possible. Continuing education classes are administered every two years, so knowing when you will need to take the class next is important.

When you renew your REHS certification, you will be given an exam. You will need to pass this exam, and then complete any continuing education courses that have been contracted for by your state. If you choose to take these courses online, make sure that you do it properly. Some courses can be very challenging, and if you are not careful, they can cause you to fail the exam.

Continuing education is required every two years, so if you do not wish to enroll in this mandatory requirement, check with your state’s department of labor. They will be able to tell you how many hours you need to complete these courses and how much in training fee is required. If you choose to pay someone else to take the required courses for you, make sure to take the time to get it done right. Paying someone else to take your certification exam is a waste of money in most cases, and can cause you problems later on.

There are a variety of different online sources that can help you attain your certification. Online training seminars are a great option, but you should also look for a guidebook that gives you step-by-step instructions on what you need to do to prepare for the exam. The information in these guides can save you a lot of money that you would have spent on retraining. Many of the guidebooks available come with a CD or DVD. The information you find in the books can help you learn everything you need to know before taking your Rehs certification exam.

Most of the people who want to obtain their Rehs certification will take the exam in their state, but if you live outside that is fine too. You should get a list of all the places where you can take the test before you do anything. Some of the training courses can be expensive, so you should also consider the cost of the certification. Some of the courses cost very little. However, the cost of getting this certification is well worth it, because you will have a piece of paper that states that you have completed the course.

If you move from one state to another, you will have to get a new Rehs certification card. You can do this online, and you should find that it is not difficult at all. You will have the opportunity to get more training if needed.