Through proper care and maintenance of the health care environment, health care environmental services technicians play an essential role in patients’ experience of care, as well as ensuring patient safety and satisfaction. Today’s health care environmental services teams strive to go beyond cleaning, disinfecting, and caring for the environment. They seek to create clean and quiet healing spaces that lead to improved clinical outcomes.
The CHEST training and certification program certifies knowledge in seven content domains: environmental sanitation, textiles, regulatory compliance, waste management, financial stewardship, administration, planning, design and construction. The program offers streamlined training through a train-the-trainer model intended to save organizations’ resources.
The CSCT certification program sets a standard for technicians responsible for cleaning and disinfecting operating rooms — an intense, fast-paced, high-stakes environment. The program is designed to set a level of expertise for preventing infections and practicing evidence-based cleaning and disinfection techniques specific to the operating room and other surgical areas and procedure rooms.
Training emphasizes the importance of on-the-job performance and deepened self-awareness of working in the complex surgical environment. It includes surgical suite infection prevention; cleaning and disinfecting; problem solving; communication; and the impacts on patient and financial outcomes.
Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional
CHESP status provides both internal and external rewards. CHESPs enjoy the pride of recognition of being among the elite in a critical field of healthcare. And CHESP is a premier credential based on a sound assessment that provides distinction in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Strategic Leadership Series: Value-based Product Evaluation and Implementation
AHE’s Strategic Leadership Series’ Value-based Product Evaluation and Implementation is a certificate of mastery program that sets a new standard of excellence with respect to procurement and change management. This two-day course pinpoints and highlights ways leaders can transform from a more tactical approach to purchasing and product/process/technology implementation to a highly-focused strategic one. After completing this program, leaders are better equipped to deliver value to their organizations by impacting clinical and financial outcomes.
CMIP is a robust 30-hour certificate program that provides environmental services leaders and other professionals with the requisite knowledge to meet the CMS requirements for a “trained” professional in infection prevention and control specific to the clinical environment of care. This program delves deeply into the most important topics in infection prevention:
Microbiology and epidemiology
Patient and health care worker safety
Surveillance, risk assessment, outbreaks
Evidence-based cleaning practices and environmental monitoring
Preventing infection during construction and mass casualty events.
The Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention (CMIP) requires online pre-work and an in-person training session, along with a post-session capstone project/assessment.
Through proper care and maintenance of the healthcare environment, healthcare environmental services technicians play an essential role in patients’ experience of care, as well as, ensuring patient safety and satisfaction. Today’s healthcare environmental services teams strive to go beyond cleaning, disinfecting, and caring for the environment. They seek to create clean and quiet healing atmospheres that lead to improved outcomes. But in order to achieve these quality outcomes, healthcare environmental services technicians must be well-trained and demonstrate competence in a number of key areas.
Healthcare environmental services technicians are a vital part of the healthcare team, and their work impacts many components of the daily operations of a facility including infection prevention, patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, and reimbursement. With so much at stake for healthcare facilities, training and certifying environmental services technicians in critical areas of competency must become an essential aspect of the facility’s training program.
A Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Certification Program would raise the national standard and level of practice with respect to how healthcare environmental services technicians are trained, and elevate their critical role in infection prevention and environmental hygiene.