Career in Public Health

History
In 1935, The Canadian Public Health Association established qualification for inspectors relating to post-secondary school education and technical training, and conducted examinations for Certification, awarding a Certificate in Sanitary Inspection. In 1963, there was a change in designation from Sanitary Inspector to Public Health Inspector. In the discharge of its responsibilities, the Canadian Public Health Association appointed a national committee, the committee on the Certification of Sanitary Inspectors (now the Board of Certification of Public Health Inspectors) with representatives of Federal, Provincial, and local Health Authorities and the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada)
The Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada), CPHI(C), is granted by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors to those candidates who fulfill the requirements set forth in the Regulations Respecting the Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada) and Governing the Board of Certification of Public Health Inspectors.

The CPHI(C) is recognized and respected internationally by the departments of health and other government and private agencies as evidence of standardized training and professional qualification. In the establishment and conduct of certification, the Association has the co-operation and assistance of Federal, Provincial, and local Health Authorities, and the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

This certificate of qualification is intended to meet the needs of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial and municipal government, and other employers of qualified public health inspectors.

Education
The following educational institutions in Canada currently provide programs of instruction that have been approved by the Board of Certification:

Practical Experience
In order to be eligible to sit the Examination to obtain the CPHI(C), every candidate must satisfactorily complete a twelve (12) week minimum practicum in the basic inspection programs. This practicum must be coordinated by a qualified person who holds a CPHI(C) at the supervisory level of the agency where the practicum is to take place.

Similar field training requirements apply to Canadian Forces qualified candidates. Foreign candidates must apply to the Board of Certification in advance and the academic transcripts reviewed for equivalencies. If full equivalency is granted by the BOC, 26 weeks of field training are required. If courses are lacking they must be obtained (usually from a BOC approved institution) and then 26 weeks of field training would follow.

Job opportunities may be found on the CIPHI Position Place, or on the BC Health Authorities Websites, and other locations such as through Human Resources Canada.

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