The CHT is a designation available for allied health professionals engaged in the technical, operational and safety aspects of hyperbaric and hypobaric delivery systems. Intuitively, ongoing skills maintenance and knowledge growth should center around these key practice aspects, and form the basis for awarding CEU credits. CHT recertification requires a minimum of 12 hours of Category A credits, namely those which relate directly to the above skills and knowledge. There is an additional requirement to accrue a minimum of 12 hours of Category B credits, defined as those programs and courses that provide more generalized health care information, if not all of an applicant’s CEU’s qualify as Category A. B credit examples include BLS and ACLS certification/recertification, clinical practice and compliance updates, emerging technologies, and potential new uses.
In the past the board has awarded Category A credits for materials that, while certainly hyperbaric related, did not always address CHT ‘core competency’. This has resulted in CHT’s achieving the necessary recertification credits with little or no technical, operational and safety exposure. Going forward, then, the Board will be more specific as it responds to requests or continuing education credits, in terms of A or B awards. The Board will also require that at least nine (75%) of Category A credits relate directly to technical, operations and safety.
Dick Clarke, President
National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology
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Updated April 21, 2017