Board of Certification

Board of Certification Members

Name Role Phone
Tony Thepsouvanh, CPHI(C) Chair 780-495-7290 (O)
Vacant Vice-Chair
Garth Gosselin, CPHI(C) Past Chair 403-356-6390 (O)
A.L. (Gus) Skinner NB Branch 506-851-6681 (O)
Janice Gammie, CPHI(C) NS/PEI Branch 902-424-1176 (O)
Keara Shaw, CPHI(C) Alberta Branch 780-735-1804 (O)
Gary Tam, CPHI(C) BC Branch 604-675-3845
Stephen Hancock, CPHI(C) Manitoba Branch 204-822-2849 (O)
Norine Schofield, CPHI(C) Ontario Branch 416-338-7506 (O)
Ian Harrison, CPHI(C) Saskatchewan Branch 306-766-7714 (O)
Joanne Sibbald, CPHI(C) Canadian Armed Forces Representative 613-945-6364 (O)
Vacant Non-Practicing PHI
Deserae Kataro
Juli-Anna McGovern
BOC Secretary 604-739-8180 (O)
604-738-4080 (F)
Email: office@ciphi.ca
Vacant Member
Vacant Quebec Branch
Vacant Newfoundland/Labrador Branch

Examination Coordinators

Name Province Phone
Kuljeet Chattha, CPHI(C) British Columbia 604-675-3831 (O)
Kelly Bauer, CPHI(C) Alberta 403-559-2152 (O)
Michael McCann, CPHI(C) Saskatchewan  306-766-7754 (O)
Stephen Hancock, CPHI(C) Manitoba  204-822-2849 (O)
Norine Schofield, CPHI(C) Ontario 416-338-7506 (O)
Renee Bourque, CPHI(C) New Brunswick  506-856-5588 (O)
Heidi Darling, CPHI(C) Nova Scotia/PEI 902-499-9530 (O)
Sharon Williams, CPHI(C) Newfoundland/Labrador 709-729-0248 (O)

In 1935 the Canadian Public Health Association established qualifications 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. The Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada) is recognized by the departments of health and other agencies in Canada as evidence of satisfactory training. In the establishment and conduct of certification, the Association had the co-operation and assistance of Federal, Provincial and local Health Authorities and the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

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. On July 1st, 1979 the operation and administration of the Board of Certification was accepted by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors from the Canadian Public Health Association.

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.

This Certificate is a certificate of qualification and is intended to meet the needs of the provinces, municipalities, federal government, and other employers of qualified Public Health Inspectors.

The Certification Process

Education

Candidates must hold a degree in a program of instruction approved by the Board of Certification. The following institutions provide programs which are currently approved:

* If you are an international applicant with questions about working in Canada, please see “FAQs for International Applicants”. Also, for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, please contact the BOC Canadian Armed Forces Representative.

Practical Experience

In order to be eligible to sit the Examination to obtain the Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada), 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 the 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.

Certification Documents

All of the documents required to apply for certification are now here on-line. This will be more convenient for applicants, and will save on printing and mailing costs for the Institute and the Board of Certification. This is the most recent edition of the certification package, updated and released in June 2012. You need to obtain and print out all of the documents to have the complete certification information package. The files are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Either click on each file’s name, or download the whole package in one zip file. For more info on how to view and print Adobe PDF files, see below.

  • BOC price chart – bocpriceschart.pdf
  • Candidate Information & Instructions (revised February 2017) – candinf17.pdf
  • Examination Application Form (revised February 2017) – forma.docx
  • Report on Practicum (revised July 2015) – formc.pdf
  • Certification of Practicum (revised July 2015) – formd.pdf
  • Documentation of Written Inspection Reports (revised July 2015) – forme.pdf
  • Evaluation Form (revised August 2015) – formf.pdf
  • Guide for Completion of the Trainee Evaluation Form (revised August 2015) – formfguide.pdf
  • Practicum Training Commencement Form (revised July 2015) – formg.pdf
  • Instructional Objectives and Guidelines for the Interpretation of Form C (revised 2011) – guidelin.pdf
  • Payment Method Form – form-payment.pdf
  • BOC Practicum Guideline (revised June 2016) – bocpracticumguide.pdf
    OR
  • Complete certification package in one ZIP file – certify.zip

You will need a program such as 7-Zip to unpack this file. All the above forms are included in this package.

Please note that “Form B – Release of Marks” is no longer included in the document package. Candidates must now submit their own official transcripts to the BOC. Please see the Candidate Information & Instructions document for further details.

Applicants Repeating the Certification Exam

  • Information for candidates repeating both the oral & written portions of the exam – bocrepeatboth.pdf
  • Information for candidates repeating only the oral portion of the exam – bocrepeatoral.pdf
  • Information for candidates repeating only the written portion of the exam – bocrepeatwritten.pdf

Examination Dates

April 26, 2017 October 25, 2017
April 25, 2018 October 24, 2018

Every application for examination shall include proof of current student membership in the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (effective January 1, 2016).

Exam results will be sent electronically to the candidate’s email address within 6 to 8 weeks after the exam date.
Successful candidates will receive their CIPHI certificate by mail within 8 to 10 weeks after the exam date.

For further examination information please refer to the candidate information package.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Do I have to be a member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) to sit my Board of Certification (BOC) exams?

A. Yes, as of January 1, 2016, your application for examination must include proof of current student membership in the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.  Membership application forms can be found here.

Q. Are there different tax rates for different provinces and territories?

A. Yes. Effective November 2012, applicable provincial tax rates must be added to all BOC fees. A candidate’s mailing address is used to determine the applicable provincial/territorial tax rate. Please refer to the BOC price chart to determine your correct fee and tax amount.

Q: How do I become a Certified Public Health Inspector (Canada)?

A: There are three steps in this process.

  • You must satisfy the educational requirements set by the Board of Certification.
  • You must complete a 12 week practicum at an agency acceptable to the Board of Certification.
  • You must pass the BOC certification exam that consists of an oral exam and two written reports.

Further details on these requirements can be found in the Candidate Information Package.

Q. Is there a document that outlines what the 12-week long practicum is all about, detailing the roles and responsibilities of both the trainee and the training agency?

A. Yes, it’s called the BOC Practicum Guideline. It can be downloaded (in Adobe PDF format) by clicking on the title, and is essential reading for the anyone involved in the practicum process.

Q. Where can I go to get the education required to become a PHI?

A. There are 6 educational institutions in Canada accredited by the Board of Certification.

Q. My PHI/EHO education and/or qualifications were obtained outside of Canada. How do I become a Certified Public Health Inspector (Canada)?

A. Please follow this link to the “FAQs for International Applicants“.

Q. When are the upcoming exam dates?

A.  April 26, 2017 – October 25, 2017 – April 25, 2018 – October 24, 2018

Q. Why is there no Form B in the Candidate Information Package?

A. Form B was the “Release of Marks Form”. As of January 2009, the BOC is no longer accepting this form. Candidates must now submit their own transcripts to the BOC. Please see the Candidate Information & Instructions document for further details.

Q. Where can I obtain the complete regulations that govern the operation of the BOC?

A. Click here for a copy of the BOC regulations in Adobe PDF format.

Q. What is the BOC’s policy on refunds?

A. Please see Section 9.7 of the Candidate Information and Instructions document.

Q. Where can I find a sample of the question format used in the oral exam?

A. Samples can be found at http://www.ciphi.ca/pdf/bocsamplequestions.pdf.

Q. My employer is holding “mock orals” in an effort to help students better preprare for the exam. Is there any guidelines or assistance that the BOC can provide?

A. Guidelines for mock orals can be found here.

Q. When do I have to send in the certification documents? Where do I send them?

A. All documentation must be received by the Secretary of the Board of Certification at least 50 days before the examination date. Send all information to:

Board of Certification
c/o CIPHI
#720-999 West Broadway Ave
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1K5

Q. If I am still completing my practicum at the 50 day deadline for submission of my documents, can I submit them after I have completed the practicum?

A. Candidates who are still completing their minimum required weeks for practicum by the 50 day deadline must submit all documents and reports 50 days prior to the exam date with the exception of Forms C, D and F which must be submitted no later than 21 calendar days prior to the exam. The practicum must be completed 21 calendar days prior to the exam to be eligible to sit the exam.

Q: If I fail my written inspection report, can I resubmit a report based on the same inspection?

A: No, any submission of an inspection report following a failed mark must be based on a different inspection and cannot be a rewrite of a failed report.

Q: If I fail the oral and/ or the written exam, can I retake the exam?

A: Yes. If you fail on your first attempt you have up to 5 years from the date of the first notice of failure to complete the certification process. A candidate may retake the failed segment (oral and/or written report) during a regular time set for an examination up to a maximum of four times in that five year period. Should a candidate fail a fourth time the Board of Certification will determine whether the candidate will be permitted to sit further exams.

Q: If I fail my oral exam, do I have to repeat the practicum?

A: Candidates who fail the oral exam the first time do not have to repeat a practicum. Candidates who fail the oral exam a second time are required to complete another 12 week practicum. Candidates who fail the oral exam third time must complete a further 24 weeks of practicum. (These 24 weeks are in addition to the previous 12 weeks required). Any practicum experience that occured from the date of the last exam the candidate sat is counted toward the 12 or 24 weeks.

Q: If I fail my written reports do I have to repeat the practicum?

A: After three failures of the Field Report segment and any subsequent failures a candidate must complete further training as required by the BOC.

Q: What is plagiarism?

A. “Plagiarism is the copying or paraphrasing of other people’s work or ideas into your own work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Collusion is another form of plagiarism involving the unauthorised collaboration of students (or others) in a piece of work.” (Source: University of Oxford)

Q. How is plagiarism determined for written report assessments and what actions are taken to address it?

A. Formal reviews of examinations are part of the evaluation and quality improvement system used by the Board of Certification (BOC) to grant certification. These reviews of examinations identify and address significant irregularities in the conduct of the examination process, including the process of determining that a report has been plagiarized following detection by an electronic plagiarism assessment tool. This assessment tool is a web-based resource used to detect occurrences of plagiarism and searches 24 billion pages on the Internet, 120 million articles from journals, periodicals and books, and holds 250 million archived student papers, including CIPHI BOC report submissions.

Where reports are shown to match a total of 30% or greater to other sources, the BOC member responsible for the initial review, will conduct a thorough review to determine if the individual matches are significant and warrant further investigation. If the report has a match of 5% or greater with another source, particularly a previously submitted BOC report, it will be verified in detail.

Where the Board has found the report to be fraudulent or plagiarized the candidate will be notified in writing (at the same time as the exam results are sent out to candidates) of the following:

  • a. They were unsuccessful in their recent BOC examination (both reports and the oral exam will be failed);
  • b. The BOC has found strong evidence of plagiarism or fraudulence in their report (report name will be given);
  • c. They forfeit all portions of the exam and may only re-apply for certification in one year (must skip one examination period);
  • d. Should they wish to re-apply they must submit 2 new reports which cannot be rewrites of the previous reports submitted;
  • e. Where the Board has deemed a candidate to have submitted a fraudulent or plagiarized report for a subsequent examination period, they forfeit all portions of the exam and will not be allowed to sit the examination at any point in the future; and
  • f. Should they wish to appeal the decision of the Board, they may do so in writing within 30 days, and must pay the administration fee.

Guidelines for the appeal process can be found in the Candidate Information & Instructions document.

Q: May I share my previous practicum reports with students, or may I provide students with an electronic version of a written report?

A. You should not share your reports with anyone or allow the reports to leave your possession or sight for two reasons:

  • You may unintentionally jeopardize academic integrity. Plagiarism/collusion is a serious academic misconduct. No one can be 100% certain and all should be aware of such a possibility. The training agency should take reasonable measures to avoid such occurrences; and
  • You may deprive the students an opportunity to learn on their own.

Q: How much feedback should a mentor provide to the candidate in the report review process?

A. The BOC Practicum Guideline for Training Agencies and Trainees requires a mentor to review “written reports for accuracy, appropriateness, the presence of confidential information and to verify that the reports were based on inspections completed by the trainee.

However, changes or suggestions of all kinds other than removal of inappropriate and confidential information are prohibited including but not limited to spelling, grammar, punctuation, typographical errors, and formatting, inputting or deleting words.

“The end result should reflect the candidate’s report writing abilities and not that of the mentor.”

Q: How long do I have after completing my first practicum to sit the exam ?

A: Five years. An applicant who applies to sit the examination but has not completed their practicum within the past five years will be required to complete an additional practicum prior to being approved to sit the exam.

Q. Why is the passing rate set at 70%?

A. Please see the Exam Mark Discussion Paper Results document.

Q. Can you tell me how many people passed or failed the most recent exam?

A. Please see the BOC Examination Statistics document.

Q. Is there a marking scheme that I can refer to when I am writing my report?

A. Yes. The marking scheme is found in the Candidate Information Package and was revised in January 2010. This revision does not alter what has previously been expected in a report but it does provide a more detailed breakdown of where marks are assigned by the examiners.

Q. If I have any further questions, who can I contact?

A. Please contact the CIPHI office at 1-888-245-8180.

Supporting Documents

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