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Hyperbaric Medicine International (HMI)  |  PO Box 450 Westtown, PA 19395-0450  |  484-639-9006

© Copyright 2019 Hyperbaric Medicine International, all rights reserved. HMI is a 501(c)(4) Information provided by Hyperbaric Medicine International does not constitute medical recommendations, and is intended for informational purposes only.

International Clinical Hyperbaric Technologist

ICHT CERTIFICATIONS

The spectrum of hyperbaric medicine, including in-patient critical care, stable outpatient clinics, veterinarian medicine, and mild hyperbaric therapy is broad and diverse. As a result, their needs to be a tiered level of training standards to address the variety of treatment types that hyperbaric technicians administer.

The International Clinical Hyperbaric Technologist (ICHT) certifications provide three certification tiers, which build upon hyperbaric technologists' current certifications and training, and are primarily defined by the levels of pressure they will be qualified to administer.

CHT to ICHT

CHTs who are currently certified and in good standing may apply to become

Tier 2 ICHTs without additional training requirements until September 1st, 2019.

Contact HMI at: 484-639-9006

 

ICHT ACCREDIATION STANDARD

ICHT Tier 1

Up to 1.4 ATA

Clinic based Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (MHBT)

ICHT ACCREDIATION STANDARD

ICHT Tier 2 

Up to 3.0 ATA

Mono-place and multi-place units, non-hospital based free standing clinics, and hospital based ambulatory clinics

ICHT ACCREDIATION STANDARD

ICHT Tier 3

Up to 6 ATA

Critical care hyperbaric medicine, In-patient ICU and ER
Tier 3 certifications are not available at this time.

IHCT accreditation is not an entry-level qualification, but an additional certification beyond the applicant's qualifying profession. ICHT certifications are not replacements for a CHT accreditation, but an additional credential that technologists can benefit from. Prior to ICHT certification training, healthcare experience is required.

Typical qualifying pathways include, but are not limited to: existing Clinical Hyperbaric Technicians (CHTs), Respiratory Therapist, Physician Assistant, Active Duty Military Corpsman, ​EMT/Paramedic, Registered Nurse or LPN, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Chiropractic Physician, Veterinarian Physician, Veterinarian Technologist, Military diving personnel, Diving Medical Technician, Biomedical Technologist, Naturopathic Physician, Commercial Diving Personnel and diving supervisors, Biomedical Technologist, and Naturopathic Physician.

The ICHT certifications provide hyperbaric technologists with greater scope in providing therapy for patient care, and enable them to treat any and all diagnoses with hyperbaric medicine, as directed by their supervising medical practitioner. 

 

ICHT technicians are certified to work at Hyperbaric Medicine International affiliated centers, which include standalone clinics. The ICHT certifications are valid in the United States. Other affiliated countries, such as Australia, Canada, Mexico or the United Kingdom may require additional training requirements and some countries are less restrictive with the application of pressures and use of enriched O2 than the U.S. The ICHT standards allow technicians across the globe to work within their regulatory guidelines and scope of practice.

ICHT Certificate

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The process for International Clinical Hyperbaric Technician (ICHT) certification:

ICHT Tier 1

ICHT Tier 1 certification (Mild Hyperbaric Therapy up to 1.4 ATA) may be accomplished with the candidates successful completion of an approved training course; the submission of a qualifying vocation license or certificate; the passing of a final exam and background check; the signing of a code of conduct; and the remittance of an application fee.*

Tier 1 training is comprised of 16 hours of classroom theory, followed by 8 to 12 hours of hands-on practice, and then a final exam.

Upon successful completion of these requirements, ICHT Tier 1 certification will remain valid for a 2-year period. Click here to learn about ICHT ongoing certification requirements

ICHT Tier 2

ICHT Tier 2 certification (for mono-place units, multi-place units, non-hospital based treatment, free-standing clinics, and hospital-based ambulatory clinics up to 3.0 ATA) may be accomplished with the candidates successful completion of an approved training course; 480 hours of clinical work experience in hyperbaric medicine, of which 40 hours is a clinical internship; the submission of a qualifying vocation license or certificate; the passing of a final exam and background check; the signing of a code of conduct; and the remittance of an application fee.*

Tier 2 training is comprised of 16 hours of classroom theory, followed by 8 to 12 hours of hands-on practice, and then a final exam.

The 40-hour internship is a supervised and physically present internship. Prior to the commencement of the internship, the HMI Council for Accreditation must be notified in writing of the name of the preceptor, who must be an ICHT or a CHT with a minimum of two years of clinical experience. 

 

The clinical Internship is divided into the following categories:

  • Chamber Equipment Compressed Gas Supply and Storage 

  • Chamber Operations

  • Patient Assessment

  • Patient Care

Upon successful completion of these requirements, ICHT Tier 2 certification will remain valid for a 2-year period. Click here to learn about ICHT ongoing certification requirements.

ICHT Tier 3

Tier 3 ICHT certifications are not available at this time.

ICHT Tier 3 certification (for critical care hyperbaric medicine, in-patient ICU, and emergency room hyperbaric treatments up to 6.0 ATA), may be accomplished with the candidates successful completion of an ICHT approved Special Critical Care Introductory Course; 480 hours of clinical work experience in hyperbaric medicine or aviation medical technology, of which 40 hours is a clinical internship; the submission of a qualifying vocation license or certificate; the passing of a final exam and background check; the signing of a code of conduct; and the remittance of an application fee.*

The 40-hour internship is a supervised and physically present internship. Prior to the commencement of the internship, the HMI Council for Accreditation must be notified in writing of the name of the preceptor, who must be an ICHT or a CHT with a minimum of two years of clinical experience. 

 

The clinical Internship is divided into the following categories:

  • Chamber Equipment Compressed Gas Supply and Storage 

  • Chamber

  • Chamber Operations

  • Patient Assessment

  • Patient Care

Upon successful completion of these requirements, Tier ICHT Tier 3 certification will remain valid for a 2-year period. Click here to learn about ICHT ongoing certification requirements.

 

*All ICHT applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

 

Training is coordinated with an HMI approved training provider, and is based on the specific needs of each hyperbaric chamber.

ICHT training courses must be completed within three years of the ICHT certification application date.

 

The ICHT final exams are proctored by the HMI Council for Accreditation. A score of at least 70% correct is required to pass the exam. Scores of 90% or greater are graded “With Distinction”. A "With Distinction" grade is only achievable on the first examination attempt. A test bank of several hundred questions is used to develop each applicant’s examination. The test bank is monitored regularly and updated as indicated.

Hyperbaric Medicine International (HMI), and the Council for Accreditation, neither recommends or prohibits the use of oxygen therapy in a pressured environment, leaving that decision to the applicable regulatory guidelines for each country, chamber design, approval, and the medical, clinical license, and scope of practice of the practitioner. 

The information provided by Hyperbaric Medicine International  (HMI), and the Council for Accreditation, does not constitute medical recommendations, and is intended for informational purposes only.

 

ICHT Certification Application

To complete your ICHT certification, please contact us at 484-639-9006

 
 

ICHT Recertification

Tier 1 ICHTs need to demonstrate a minimum of 12 continuing education credits every two years, and a letter on a letterhead from their place of employment, confirming accumulation of at least 100 operational hours of experience that are specific to clinical hyperbaric medicine every two years, and the submission of a copy of the technician's ICHT's certification card.

Training requirements are based upon the specific needs of each particular chamber and will be coordinated with an HMI approved training provider.

Tiers 2 and 3 ICHTs need to demonstrate a minimum of 24 continuing education credits (minimum of 12 Category “A”) every two years, and a letter on a letterhead from their place of employment, confirming accumulation of at least 100 operational hours of experience that are specific to clinical hyperbaric medicine every two years. Of the 12 continuing education credits, at least 9 (75%) must relate to "core competency", namely technical, operational and safety aspects of the hyperbaric/hypobaric delivery systems.

ICHT recertification is awarded by HMI's Council for Accreditation, upon verification of the required continuing education credits and continued workplace experience; successful completion of a background check, and confirmation of an existing valid ICHT certification.

 

ICHT recertification also requires the remittance of a $100.00 recertification fee, and a $25.00 background-check fee. To complete your ICHT recertification, please contact us at 484-639-9006, info@hyperbaricmedicineinternational.org.

 

To review the Council of Accreditation's Guidelines for Accreditation, click here.