Know these facts on certification exams

Here are some facts to consider before taking the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) certification examinations, from Ann M. Lachat, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, executive director:

Applications can be completed online at the ABOHN web site (www.abohn.org). The application charge is $125.00. In January 2008, the board of directors changed the eligibility requirements for each of the core examinations. "Now eligibility no longer includes requirements for continued education," says Lachat.

The handbooks for the exams give important information about the blueprint and core content on all exams. There is no charge for the handbook. It can be downloaded from www.abohn.org/SafetyManagementHandbookPearson%2005-10-07.pdf.

Individuals can take the safety exam Monday through Saturday. They choose the date to take the exam. There are more than 150 sites through out the United States to sit for the exam. The examination fee is $275.

The examinations are composed of 150 multiple-choice questions based on ABOHN's most recent practice analysis.

Scores are immediately given to the candidate at the completion of the exam. Scores are immediately given to the candidate at the completion of the exam. A passing score is approximately 65% of scored items.