Founded in 2003, Bowen EHS is a premier provider of continuing education training for health and safety professionals. Russell B. Bowen, CIH, CSP, our founder and president, started our company to meet the needs of health and safety professionals looking for a comprehensive yet flexible review course to help them prepare for their certification exam.
In 1997, Russ sat for the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam—and failed the first time out. "I hadn't taken any prep courses," he remembers. "I was relying on my work experience to pass." After taking a review course and hitting the books again, Russ achieved his CIH certification in 1999.
"The course was helpful, but I think you get better results when you can study the fundamentals over time. No one was delivering this kind of training online, so I decided to start Bowen EHS. The technology was just starting to emerge so the timing was perfect."
Working out of his home, Russ created comprehensive review courses for the CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) and the CSP (Certified Safety Professional) certification exams. He designed the courses so that anyone around the world could participate in an interactive class from the comfort of their home or workplace. "I think our first CIH class had six participants, and our CSP had four," Russ remembers. "Now we have more than 100 clients per course. We've come a long way."
As our client base has grown, so has Bowen EHS. Russ hired his first employee in 2007. Soon we opened our main office, which is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and currently staffed by seven team members. Our popular exam practice workbooks led to the opening of our online bookstore in 2009. In 2009, we also started offering exam prep workshops at varying locations across the U.S. and Middle East. In 2010, we started the Bowen EHS® Member Center, formally known as the Resource Center. 2012 brought an additional online review course for the CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager) certification exam. Today, we are proud to say that we have partnered with The University of Iowa and its Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety to offer CEUs for most of our courses. We have also added another full-time instructor and two contract instructors.
The core belief that binds us together is this: "clients first and foremost". Everything we do is designed to help our clients succeed. We know we could not have come this far without satisfied clients. We continually refine our training and products based on their feedback and suggestions. Our whole organization is thrilled when we hear a client has passed an exam or has been promoted because of a new certification. The best compliment we receive is when our clients refer their friends and colleagues to our training. We can't help yelling "Woo Hoo!"
As Bowen EHS continues to grow, we plan to offer additional online reviews, workshops, short courses, instructional videos and podcasts along with new publications in our bookstore and resources in our member center. We hope that one day Bowen EHS is the establishment all health and safety professionals turn to for continuing education and development.
Your success is our goal!