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MEET A CHESP
BOB PAINE, CHESP
Director of Operations, Acuity Concepts, Inc.
By Heather Williams
ith nearly 20 years
in the industry, Bob
Paine, CHESP, began
his career as an inhouse EVS manager/director, not
knowing at the time that he'd end up working as a specialty consultant in the industry.
Paine knew quickly after joining AHE
that he wanted to become CHESP certified.
After joining in 2003 and becoming CHESP
certified just a year later, he wanted to set
himself apart from the crowd and establish
true value in his position. "There are precious
few in the country who have this distinction," Paine said. "Based on the numbers of
professionals in the field and how many of
those are certified, CHESP certification puts
you in a special position to really be at the
top of the pack," he said.
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After having a rough go at the practice test,
Paine questioned whether he was ready to
take the actual exam. "Taking the pretest
was a great way to get over the anxieties
of test-taking and better prepare myself for
the actual exam," Paine said.
Speaking to those of us who have yet to
take the exam: "If you're a seasoned, skilled
professional, you should be ready now, so
get past the anxiety of test taking if that's
what's holding you back," he said.
Paine attributes certification to higher
career satisfaction, confidence sitting 'at
the table' with colleagues, and knowing
that he's truly a part of a small elite group of
professionals. "The initial goal was to make
myself more valuable in terms of potential earnings with my salary," Paine said. "It
seemed like a great investment - to spend a
couple hundred dollars to get certified then
turn that around to eventually earn more."
Certification definitely pays off.
According to a 2012 salary survey conducted
by Health Facilities Management magazine,
certification contributes upwards of $14,000
in annual salary earnings.
"Increasing my salary was the primary
goal at the time, but it became very evident
when I went out on my own doing consulting work that obtaining certification had
some less tangible benefits," Paine said. "It
put me in front of those whom I otherwise
may have not had the chance to get in
In a field filled with credential after credential, Paine knew certification would lead
to greater confidence when sitting down
with colleagues. "Realistically when you're
sitting at the table with infection control,
practitioners, physicians and all those who
have the credentials, it levels the playing
field a bit."
Regarding the future of certification
for the EVS profession, Paine would like a
second-tier option offered. "What I would
like to see beyond CHESP is another level
or step in terms of demonstrating expertise - I think the next logical step would
be a fellow program to further elevate
our position and credibility in the field,"
Having mentored and actively promoted certification for many years, Paine
has worked with nearly 200-300 potential certificants, so he's heard a lot about
roadblocks from taking the leap towards
becoming certified. "Realistically, if you're
in the director's position and you can't sit
for the exam tomorrow, you may need to
rethink your training and your career path,"
he said. "That's truly how I feel. If you're in
a manager's position and you can't pass
the test, maybe it's time to back up a little
bit to get certified to justify what you do
in your day-to-day existence," he added.
Paine's question to answer if you're on
the fence about pursuing CHESP certification: "What are you waiting for?"
Based on the numbers of professionals in the field and how
many of those are certified, CHESP certification puts you in a
special position to really be at the top of the pack.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Summer 2014
Message From the Board
A Comprehensive Approach to Surface Disinfection
A Soft-Surface Intervention
Leverage and Maximize
Meet a Chesp
Ahe News & Updates
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