CJCP® May Be Relatively New, but Its Value Is Clear
Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP®) is the only professional certification developed and endorsed by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR). It is a relatively new certification, first launched in 2013, and yet it represents the highest level of accreditation knowledge and achievement in related patient safety and quality issues.
We spoke with two Joint Commission Resources consultants and the Associate Director of Continuous Service Readiness at JCR, all of whom earned their CJCPs in 2013 and will soon need to renew their certifications. In light of this upcoming renewal decision, we asked them to reflect on their experiences as CJCP® professionals.
1: Why did you decide to pursue CJCP® certification?
Jill Hiers, JCR consultant, NEA-BC, CJCP: As a continuous service readiness (CSR) consultant, I felt it was very important that I set an example for other accreditation professionals. The exam is rigorous and those who pass earn respect from other health care professionals. I also wanted to display the expertise that I bring in my role to the hospitals I consult.
Dr. Steven Chinn, JCR consultant, DPM, CJCP, FASHE, CPHQ, CPHRM: CJCP is a great endorsement of my comprehensive knowledge of the Joint Commission accreditation process.
Julia Napper, Associate Director of Continuous Service Readiness, CPHQ, CJCP: Certifications are seen as a measure of competency in many health care organizations. I thought the CJCP® credential was important in my work as a CSR consultant as it demonstrates my level of knowledge and understanding of Joint Commission standards.
2: CJCPs must accrue 30 CJCP credit hours over the course of three years in order to be eligible for recertification. How have you maintained your CJCP credit hours?
JH: There is quite a long comprehensive listing of education events that offer CJCP credit hours. This includes JCR live education, webinars, JCRQSN events, and even non-JCR events. Personally, I attend live workshops every year and I complete education webinars and modules through online learning opportunities.
SC: There are a lot of opportunities to maintain continuing education credits, including conferences, webinars, and teleconferences. Luckily, there are no shortage of opportunities for CJCPs to earn their credits.
JN: I also maintain my continuing education credits through attendance at CSR workshops.
3: What are some benefits you’ve experienced after earning your CJCP?
JH: I’ve had many opportunities to educate health care professionals on the process of taking the exam, and have even lead a presentation on CJCP preparation. I enjoy the opportunity to encourage others to pursue this certification. As a fairly new credential, I think it is a personal validation of knowledge but has not yet garnered a high level of respect. Most of the CJCPs that I’ve spoken with are paying for the test fee out of their own pocket without assistance from their organizations.
SC: CJCPs have access to Joint Commission and JCR tools that help them manage a vast amount of information that would otherwise be kept manually. The networking opportunities are also outstanding. Many CJCPs can get solutions from expert colleagues without having to experiment or make mistakes on their own.
JN: Having the CJCP certification pin on my JCR badge at conferences has given me the opportunity to introduce the topic of certification into conversation. I enjoy having an opening to discuss the certification process and encouraging others to become CJCP certified.
4: Will you pursue recertification?
JH: Absolutely! I will not allow my credential to expire. I value this credential and feel it will always validate my expertise in the accreditation field.
SC: Without a doubt. This is a new, but very significant certification because it provides clear evidence of my expertise in Joint Commission standards.
JN: Yes, I will pursue recertification. My CJCP certification demonstrates my competency in Joint Commission safety standards.
For more information on recertification or to learn how to earn your CJCP visit the CJCP section of our website.