As certification in hyperbaric technology (CHT) is an additional, rather than entry level, qualification, a qualifying pathway is required. The seven options are noted within the Resource Manual on the Board’s web site. For those wishing to become a CHT from outside the medical field the two most accessible options are EMT or LPN.
A question frequently raised relates to maintenance of the qualifying pathway. The majority of pathways are routinely maintained as they frequently represent the primary professional designation and source of primary employment. Respiratory therapists and registered nurses are examples. Where a qualifying pathway has been achieved purely as a basis of CHT eligibility, concurrent employment as an EMT or LPN is uncommon. It is the Board’s present position that maintenance of certification is not required for the CHT recertification.
The Board leaves any decision regarding maintenance of qualifying pathway to the employer and the CHT in question.
Dick Clarke, President
National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology
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Updated February 16, 2018