Ergonomics Course & Certifcation
There are many ergonomics courses available just for personal knowledge or if you're looking to implement ergonomics at work.
Some of you may be considering to become an ergonomics consultant.
A course in ergonomics entails studying how different skills, methods and tools are used to continually achieve maximum compatibility between the worker and the workplace.
Most reputable institutions of higher learning offer the ergonomics course, either in a traditional class setting or online.
To qualify as a professional ergonomics specialist, you will be required to sit for the Certified Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist (CEES) exam. You need to pass this exam to obtain an ergonomics certification.
The best ergonomic courses are hands-on and practical.Students learn risk assessment tools for all tasks that require whole body endurance, upper body dexterity and strength. They are also equipped with knowledge and skills to access basic ergonomic designs and layout of work situations. They learn to make safety judgments in a way that aims to prevent injuries before they occur, using the best and most reliable research and science as a base. Overall, they will learn how to make every approach towards safety simple, precise and easy to apply.
Where Can I Obtain Ergonomics Certification?
Recommended institutions that offer the ergonomics course include the Loughborough University, where you can choose between a 3-year and a 4-yr Bachelors Degree in Ergonomics course.Alternatively, one can study the course at a Masters Degree level.Those with undergraduate degrees in courses such as human biology, psychology, physiotherapy, design and engineering will find it easy to combine that with an ergonomics course.
Cornell University too offers a detailed course focusing on enhancing the performance, health and comfort of workers.Others are North Carolina State University, The University of Queensland, University of Michigan, Harvard University, University of Washington and Rochester Institute of Technology. Lulea University of Technology in Sweden and Bolton Institute of Higher Education in the U.K are among institutions that offer the course on a distance-learning basis.
Can I Just Do a Short Course?
Most of these institutions also offer shorter certificate courses in ergonomics. See also Ergonomics Certification for more info.
Regardless of level of study, ergonomics courses are tailored on different disciplines.There are courses focused on Industrial Ergonomics, Occupational Ergonomics or Office Ergonomics. It is advisable to specialize in a specific type that will narrow down your career to a niche. Whatever course you choose to study, you will eventually need to sit for the CEES exam, which is the top certification in ergonomics. It is an independent assessment that you need to apply on completion of your course. Getting this certification will boost your credentials and get your career started on the right footing.
It is important to enrich your knowledge in the discipline by attending as many ergonomics conferences, conventions and expos as you possibly can, even as a student.Through these events, you will gain additional expertise that will help you perform better as an ergonomics specialist. They are also a great way to form a network for ergonomics. Most countries and states have at least one national ergonomics related convention annually. It is also advisable to find a practicing ergonomics professional who can be your mentor throughout your studies. Such a person will orient you into the job market and help define your career steps.
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