Overview of the program
The Certification Program for Professional Ergonomists was established in August 2003 after approval at the general meeting of the Japan Ergonomics Society (JES) held in June of that year. The mission of the program is to certify ergonomics practitioners who have sufficient ergonomics knowledge, skill and professional competence relating to the solution of ergonomic problems to contribute to the advancement and promotion of ergonomics.
The program is operated by Japan Ergonomics Society(JES) Committee on Certification of
Professional Ergonomists. The governing body of the Committee consists of the chair, vice chair and other executive members selected from CPE members who operate the examination, general meeting, seminar and other events.
The program was awarded an endorsement by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) in May 2007, and became an internationally recognized certifying bodies, alongside the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) in US, and the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE) in Europe, and others.
After June 2007, two new certification programs targeting young practitioners were established. The certifications involve the Certified Associate Ergonomics Professional (CAEP), and the Certified Ergonomics Assistant (CEA), designations. More than 130 people have been certified in these programs as of 2014.
* IEA is a non-profit organization registered in Switzerland, and an international federation of Ergonomics Societies from around the world. The mission of the IEA is to advance ergonomics science and practice, and to expand the scope of application of ergonomics and its contribution to society and the improvement of quality of life. IEA also evaluates the quality of the Certification Programs of Professional Ergonomist in member countries/regions, and endorses those programs when they satisfies IEA’s criteria. This process is called IEA Endorsement.
On My Appointment as Chair of the Committee
My name is Shin’ichi Fukuzumi, and from this term, I will be the chair of this committee.
Up until the present, our committee has been led by a succession of outstanding heads of section and chairs such as Mr. Fujita (currently chair of the IEA), my predecessor Dr. Aoki (The former chair of Japan Ergonomics Society), and my predecessor Dr. Yoshitake (The former board member of Japan Ergonomics Society). I must admit that succeeding such eminent leaders is a daunting task. Even though I may be unprepared, please bear with me as I do my best to follow in their footsteps.
Twelve years have passed since the foundation of our committee, and during that time, numerous people have given dedicated service as Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs), associate specialists, and assistants. However, I have always felt the necessity of a forum wherein CPEs can perform an even more active role. Considering this, since the management of the committee has been stabilized owing to the efforts of the executives and other related personnel in the preceding term, I intend to take measures (such as working on our PR and links with other groups) to develop a forum for activity, as well as to increase the number of specialists.
Specifically, in addition to the PR achieved through our cooperation in awarding of the Ergonomics Good Practice Award, symposium in our national conferences and our externally oriented PR that uses media such as our website, I intend to proceed systematically by coordinating with overseas committees that have been functioning since 2014, by participating in the IEA Professional Standards and Education Standing Committee, and by coordinating with the other related professional authorization committee on this year’s national conference. While the specialist symposia have been held only by our Kanto branch until now, apart from the national conference, I now intend to see each branch providing a summary of the activities it is engaged in. As mentioned above, the management of the committee has been stabilized; however, I do feel that not enough youngsters are participating in our committee. Looking forward to the next ten or twenty years, I expect the younger members to take center stage by participating in our committee’s activities so that the succession proceeds smoothly. It is certain that nothing will go well if we attempt to do everything at once; thus, I intend to proceed step by step. The specialists are the main pillar of the CPE committee. Going forward, let us consider the best way of creating a forum in which all of us can be active and have our activities recognized.
Shin’ichi Fukuzumi (NEC Corporation)
The 7th Committee Chair