May 27, 2020

Product Stewardship Society and Board for Global EHS Credentialing Launch New Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) Certification

Release No. SPR-20-05-12

Sue Marchese
AIHA Communications
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 27, 2019) —The Product Stewardship Society® and the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC) are pleased to announce the launch of the Certified Professional Product Steward™ (CPPS) certification.

The CPPS is the first credential of its kind and will provide product stewardship professionals with an opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations. The Product Stewardship Society supported the BGC in the creation of the new product stewardship credential.

The BGC chair, Cynthia Hanko, CIH, has said that “Both organizations have challenged ourselves to continually innovate, and have brought our unique resources and strengths to the table to create the CPPS. We are excited about the possibilities that the CPPS opens up for practitioners to demonstrate how they improve the product stewardship field and how it protects people and the environment.”

The pathway to the new CPPS credential consists of rigorous education and experience requirements and an exam. The first CPPS exam window will take place in September 2020. Applications for the September exam are due July 15, 2020; the application fee will be waived for the first two exams.

The Product Stewardship Society offers several resources to help candidates prepare for the exam, including frequently cited publications, like Professional Practices of Product Stewardship and Realizing the Full Business Value of Product Stewardship, and an upcoming online CPPS exam prep course debuting this summer. Additionally, the Society’s Stewardship on Demand learning library contains sessions covering all aspects of product stewardship and can serve as a supplemental resource.

“Launching the CPPS is a significant milestone for the product stewardship profession and the result of work by dozens of dedicated volunteer subject matter experts who helped develop this credential over the past several years,” said Lynn Bergeson, president of the Product Stewardship Society. “Their heroic efforts will help establish a common framework to define the practice of product stewardship for the future.”

Professionals who are interested in pursuing the CPPS credential are encouraged to download and review the CPPS Candidate Handbook. For more information on the requirements for application, please visit BGC’s website.


About the Product Stewardship Society

Founded in 2012, the Product Stewardship Society® is the professional organization exclusively for members of the field of product stewardship. We enable professionals to promote responsible design, development, and management of products throughout their life cycle. The Product Stewardship Society® is an affiliate of AIHA®. For more information, visit

About the Board for Global EHS Credentialing

Originally founded in 1960 as the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the BGC mission is to be the leader in offering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals practicing the science of evaluating, protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment. BGC’s credentialing divisions offer the Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential, Qualified Environmental Professional® credential, Environmental Professional In-Training® designation, and Certified Professional Product Steward™ credential.

Currently, more than 7,600 people around the world hold the CIH credential, QEP credential, or EPI designation. To learn more about a BGC credential or designation, please visit