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MEET A ChESP
A PrestigiOus chAllenge
An interview with Nazar Masry, CHESP
Nazar Masry, CHESP, is director of Health Care Operations at Job Options Inc., a non-for-profit organization based out of San Diego. Job
Options employs people with significant disabilities to provide a multitude of services, including environmental services, to the Federal
government under the Ability One Program. Masry has 20+ years of experience in the hospitality and the health care industries. His
passion for people and customer service have been his "secret recipe" for success throughout his career. Here we share more about his
experience in becoming CHESP certified.
I have been a member of AHE since
December of 2008 and I became CHESP certified in September of 2010. Not knowing that
the result was not immediately revealed, I
took the exam during the AHE conference.
It was brutal waiting six weeks for the results.
I felt very proud of the accomplishment
and was extremely eager to share the news
with everyone. I took a few days to bring me
back to Earth and to stop talking about it.
how long have you been a
member of AhE, and when did
you become ChESP certified?
What prompted or interested
you in pursuing certification?
First, it was the best way for me to validate
my knowledge after being in the industry for
six "long" years. Secondly, and after being
with a new organization for nine months,
I wanted to assure my employer that they
hired the right person for the job. And last
but not least, it is a prestigious challenge.
how did you prepare for
certification? What was the
hardest aspect in preparing to take
I took advantage of the tools that AHE has
to offer such as the study guide, the online
study group, and the self-assessment quizzes
and sample tests. The hardest part was the
fear of taking a timed exam after not doing
so for at least 10 years.
What was your experience like
in taking the exam?
First, I was nervous like a student taking
the SAT exam, but after looking around me
and seeing that was the norm in the room,
I relaxed a little. It almost felt like being
afraid to ride a rollercoaster, but then realizing that it was not as scary as you thought
it would be.
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how did you feel after passing
the exam and learning about
your newly acquired certification?
how has ChESP certification
positively affected you and your
role in your organization?
Being CHESP certified automatically
boosted my confidence, and equally as
important, the confidence of my organization. It was the green light to expand
my role and aggressively pursue more
how has ChESP certification
affected your career and longterm career goals and path?
Being a government contractor, the
CHESP certification has increased our chances
of winning contracts, and most importantly,
it was a solid contributing factor in nearly
doubling the revenue of my division in less
than five years.
What would you tell others
who are considering pursuing
certification? how should they
Besides asking why it is taking them so
long to get certified, I would strongly urge
others to seriously consider getting certified as soon as feasible. It may take some
time and effort, but the return on investment
By being in the industry, they are halfway
there, so I would advise them to take advantage
"I see being certified
as being essential to
their success and a key
to open many doors-
particularly with all
of the changes to our
industry and the way
we do business."
of all of the assistance and resources available
to them through AHE and not to be afraid of
failure. I would strongly recommend taking
the Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) and practice
completing it within the allotted timeframe.
Finally, go with your first instinct.
What do you see in the future
regarding certification for
environmental services leaders?
I see being certified as being essential to
their success and a key to open many doors-
particularly with all of the changes to our
industry and the way we do business. I would
not be surprised if it becomes a widespread
requirement of employment, as it currently
is with numerous health care organizations.
What's the very best thing about
being a certified ChESP?
Besides bragging rights, it is a great feeling
to know that you are one of the elite professionals in our industry. We are no longer
"housekeepers in a tie" as one of my ex-bosses
use to refer to himself, but rather an integral
part of every health care operation.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Spring 2015
Message from the President
Engaging and Propelling Environmental Services
Empowering Frontline Staff
Learning is Continuous
Leadership in Education
Five Creative Ways to Keep Training Engaging
Meet a CHESP
AHE News & Updates
EXPLORE - Spring 2015