Earn your degree
Six Canadian schools offer degree programs approved by the Board of Certification (BOC):
Contact your school of choice for the most current information.
Complete 12 weeks of practical experience
All candidates intending to obtain the CPHI(C) designation must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience with a public health unit. The practicum provides candidates with exposure to various inspection programs and is supervised by an individual at the health unit who holds a CPHI(C) and is involved in a supervisory position. Students may contact public health units directly in order to apply for a student practicum position, although certain health units may advertise positions directly through Ryerson University or participate in a university job fair for the purpose of collecting student applications.
Earn your certification
The Certificate in Public Health Inspection, or CPHI(C), is granted by Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors and is recognized throughout Canada by boards of health and other local, provincial and federal agencies. It demonstrates that an individual in possession of this certification has received proper education and training in the field of environmental public health.
Qualified candidates apply to sit the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors Board of Certification (BOC) exam, which consists of an oral exam in addition to two written reports based on their 12 weeks practicum. Oral examinations take place on the third Tuesday of April and October each year.
In order to assist candidates in preparing for certification, many health units will run mock oral examinations, at which students will be asked a series of questions and be provided with constructive feedback on how they may continue to prepare and improve for the BOC oral exam.
Review these helpful resources prior to applying:
Ontario Public Health Legislation
Download the full set of certification documents that you need to submit to the BOC, in order to apply for certification:
Or download the individual documents:
Candidate Information & Instructions
All documentation must be received by the secretary of the Board of Certification at least 60 days before the examination date. Send all information to:
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How To Become An Environmental Public Health Professional (EPHP)