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MEET A CHESP
An Interview with Sue Minnar, CHESP
Sue Minnar, CHESP, has been CHESP-certified for more than a decade, but her passion and enthusiasm for the program would suggest
that she was certified yesterday. Minnar is Director of Environmental Services and Laundry Services, and Facility Emergency Response
Coordinator at HCR-Manor Care in Palm Harbor, Florida. With 25 years of experience in the industry, she's accomplished a lot along the way.
I have been a proud member of AHE
since 2003. That's the same year I was
certified as a CHESP; I took the test at the
annual AHE conference in Philadelphia. It
was tough to have to wait weeks to get
I was overjoyed and very proud of what I
had accomplished. I was honored at my facility, which made me feel great that they were
also appreciative of my accomplishments.
How long have you been a
member of AHE, and when did
you become CHESP-certified?
What prompted or interested
you in pursuing certification?
My supervisor at the time told me about
this great organization that he wanted to
be part of, and then received a save the
date card in the mail for the conference in
Philadelphia. I decided that day I wanted
to attend the conference, and after doing
research I also decided that I needed to
How did you prepare for
certification? What was the
hardest aspect in preparing to take
I ordered the study guide from AHE
and took the sample tests. I also signed
up for a class that was offered at the conference prior to the test, which helped me
tremendously. In 2003 we did not have the
resources that are available today.
What was your experience like
in taking the exam?
Sitting for a test was never one of my
strong suits, so it was very nerve-racking.
The late Jim Connors was the administrator of the testing that day, and he tried to
make everyone feel at ease. It was a tough
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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 is very important
to me. This is something that I achieved, and
I make sure that I keep it no matter what. My
certification has allowed me to grow with
this industry. My administrator and corporate environmental services director were
impressed that I had this certification prior
to being hired.
How has CHESP certification
affected your career and longterm career goals and path?
The CHESP certification has helped
me gain employment after moving from
Pennsylvania to Florida - it was a requirement for the first position that I got after
moving. I feel the CHESP will help me achieve
my long-term goals with distinguishing me
from others who are not certified.
What would you tell others
who are considering pursuing
certification? How should they
GET CERTIFIED - you will never regret it!
It is the greatest feeling when you get that
notification that you have passed and you
receive the certificate and pin! And STUDY,
STUDY, STUDY. AHE has provided the tools to
"People often ask,
'What does CHESP
mean?' I am very happy
to tell them about the
CHESP program and
AHE, how important
AHE is to environmental
and how it, as an
organization, has given
us the tools we need to
succeed in our jobs."
help everyone become certified, so we need
to use them. If you are a member of AHE, you
need to get certified - you will not regret it.
What's the very best thing about
being a certified CHESP?
Being PROUD to have accomplished this
certification and being honored to display
my pin on my badge on a daily basis. People
often ask, "What does CHESP mean?" I am
very happy to tell them about the CHESP
program and AHE, how important AHE is to
environmental services departments, and
how it, as an organization, has given us the
tools we need to succeed in our jobs. And
if you're proud of your accomplishments at
work, then that flows over to your personal
life as well.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Summer 2015
Message from the President
Creating Leaders on the Frontline
Workloading in Environmental Services
Meet a CHESP
EXPLORE - Summer 2015