Centralized Intern Training (CIT) is the first step in becoming authorized to perform environmental health inspections for the state. No one can move on to specific authorization training who hasn’t completed CIT. See the Policy and Procedure Manual (PDF, 93 KB) for more information.
There is a General CIT Module and there are two Tracks, Food Protection and Facilities and On-Site Wastewater. All interns are required to complete the General CIT Module and one of the training tracks. The curriculum for each track includes distance learning and classroom components. Each curriculum is listed on the Distance Learning page with links to required distance learning materials.
Both tracks have pre and post-tests with minimum scoring requirements. The pre-tests are based on the distance learning materials you are required to review before attending class. You must score at least 70 percent on the pre-test to continue with classroom training and 80 percent on the post-test to continue with specific authorization area training. Both tests are closed-book/closed-note.
Reminder: After you register and before you attend class, you must review the distance learning materials for the track you will be attending. There is an on-line pre-test on the materials before the first day of training.
The mission of Centralized Intern Training (CIT) is to support the goals of the Environmental Health Section, to protect the health of the public, and to preserve the environment by providing:
- Training based on scientific knowledge of public and environmental health principles and regulations.
- Competency-based instruction leading to authorization to serve as an agent of the state.
- Training to promote consistent rule interpretation and enforcement.
- Skills for improving public education and communication.
- Orientation to people and program resources to improve camaraderie and professionalism.
The Authorization Manual (PDF, 1004 KB) will answer most of your questions, but some key points are provided below for quick reference.
- Which CIT courses must I take as an intern? ALL interns MUST complete ALL (100%) of CIT regardless of the authorization area in which they will eventually work.
- When do I branch to a specific area of authorization? You branch AFTER successful completion of CIT.
- How long do classes last on a given day? Generally, classes last from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM the first Monday and 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM all other days except Fridays, when dismissal occurs at 1:00 PM.
- How long does each track last? OSWP lasts two weeks, FPF lasts one week, and the General Module lasts one week.
- What should I bring to prepare for class? This is detailed in the manual with specific equipment for each track.
- Will I be tested on the materials? Yes, you are required to pass two exams during the training for each track. There are pre and post-CIT exams for each track. Both are open-book/open-note.
- What does the pre-CIT exam cover? The pre-CIT exam is administered on-line with the link provided one week before the first day before training for the track begins. The pre-CIT exam covers the distance learning materials for the track that you are required to review before arriving in class. You must score at least a 70 on the pre-CIT exam. If you do not score 70 or above on the first attempt you will have one more opportunity. If you do not score 70 or above on either attempt you cannot participate in CIT for the track.
- When is the post CIT exam given and what does it cover? The post-CIT exam is administered on the last day of each track. It is open book covering all/any of the materials presented in class and you must score at least 80 percent. If not, there will be one opportunity to retake at a time agreed upon by the intern's supervisor. If another non-passing grade is received the intern must re-take the entire track.