Issues of Certification Program of Professional Ergonomist in Japan and a Challenge of Collaboration Among Asian Countries

  • Kazuo AokiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 821)


The certification program for professional ergonomists of Japan Ergonomics Society (CPE-J) started in 2003, and 126 certified professional ergonomists (CPEs) were certified in the first year. We have now 204 CPEs, 95 certified associate ergonomics professionals (CAEPs) and 12 certified ergonomics assistants (CEAs). In 2007, the program of CPE-J received IEA accreditation, and with this endorsement the program has become an international program. Applying for IEA endorsement was a very complicated process, requiring submission of a lot of English documents.

There are three certification program of different level, CPE, CAEP and CEA in Japan. The CAEP program is not satisfied the criteria of IEA endorsement but many young ergonomists have got CAEP and will try to get CPE in the near future. CEA program is for the ergonomist who did not have a Bachelor degree and could not try to get CPE in the future. I hope there will be a new rout for CEA to get CPE.

The examination for certification can be conducted not only in the Japanese language but also in the English language. So, Non-Japanese ergonomists can apply for the certification examination of CPE-J in English but there has been no candidate from Asian countries. It is supposed that the problem of the language as the reason of it. The collaboration of Ergonomics Societies in Asia, the first Asian Conference of Ergonomics Design (ACED) has held in 2014 in Korea with participants from 10 Asian countries. The second conference was held in 2017 in Japan and a discussion was started on the collaboration of CPE program among Asian countries.


Certified ergonomics professional Asian countries Collaboration 


  1. 1.
    Japan Ergonomics Society the JES Certification Program for Professional Ergonomists. Accessed 24 May 201
  2. 2.
    The 2nd Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design. Accessed 24 May 2018
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    IEA. Accessed 24 May 2018

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Science and TechnologyNihon UniversityChiyoda-kuJapan

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