Educational Sessions & Professional Advancement
At least twice a year the Committee and Board members organize an educational workshop to raise awareness about current environmental problems or issues within the profession. Speakers from all over the state, and sometimes the nation, are brought in to present on items such as their current research, outbreaks, food safety, emerging infectious diseases, new septic system designs, soil and water quality research, emergency response, and many other topics. In addition to the educational conference, VEHA sponsors opportunities for professional advancement by offering the REHS and CP-FS certification exams. See below for upcoming conference and professional advancement opportunities.
Environmental Education Opportunities
- NEHA’s 2017 Annual Education Conference – Save the date: July 10-13, 2017 (Grand Rapids, Michigan). For more information visit the NEHA 2017 AEC website.
- VEHA’s 2017 Fall Educational Conference – October 23, 2017: To be held at the Henrico Training Center located at 7701 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA. Agenda will be posted here soon!
- Onsite Field Day – Information will be posted here. Please keep checking back.
A goal of VEHA is to promote high standards of qualifications and professional ethics within the field of environmental health. Members are encouraged to obtain professional certifications, such as, the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/ Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS), and Authorized Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE). VEHA strives to offer credentialing opportunities by sponsoring REHS and CP-FS exam proctors. Contact VEHA’s VP of Professional Advancement for more information.
REHS Credential Information & Study Suggestions
- REHS Candidate Brochure
- Environmental Public Health Online Courses – This is the link for information on the EPHOC courses. There are 15 courses designed to help EH Professionals prepare for the REHS Exam. Enrollment is required but free.
- NEHA has a study guide (written), online practice exam, and other resources for purchase.
- This site has a written study guide/work book for purchase.
CP-FS Credential Information & Study Suggestions
- CP-FS Candidate Brochure
- This is a link to a free course from the CDC on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks.
- NEHA has both an online course and written study guide for purchase.
- Exam Edge is a website that has online practice exams for purchase.
Virginia Department of Health’s Environmental Health Occupational Career Plan
- On September 1, 2014, VDH implemented the EH Occupational Career Plan that includes initial credential bonuses as well as renewal bonuses for qualified employees. For more information on the VDH EH Occupational Career Plan or the FAQ associated with the plan, click on the links.
Past Educational Session Agendas
- 2017 Spring Educational Conference
- 2016 Spring Educational Conference; Spring Onsite Field Day; Fall Onsite Field Day; Fall Educational Conference
- 2015 Spring Educational Conference; Onsite Field Day; Fall Educational Conference
- Spring 2014 educational session , onsite field day-agenda, onsite designer training class agenda; Fall 2014 educational session, select power points Common Issues with AOSS Design, Waterborne Hazards, and Total Nitrogen Removal.
- Fall 2013 educational session; onsite field-day; Spring 2013—Food safety, Onsite, Onsite Field Day
- Fall 2012—Onsite Field Day, Educational Session; Spring 2012; Fall 2011; Spring 2011; Fall 2010; Spring 2010
- A new website A Common Wealth of Public Health and Primary Care Information, found online at www.vapublichealthinfo.org has been launched to provide information for public health and environmental health practitioners across the state. Designed to serve public health care and community health center physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, nutritionists, health educators, health administrators, environmental health specialists, epidemiologists and more! The site is a partnership between Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and two of Virginia’s eight Area Health Education Center (AHEC) programs, the Capital and the Rappahannock AHEC programs. The project partners developed the new website with insight provided by an advisory committee consisting of public health and primary care professionals, and VCU public health faculty members. This website provides much needed access to free evidence-based information in the form of journal articles, books, reports and links to other information databases specific for Virginia. I encourage you to check out this amazing resource and share it freely with our partners.