Many of you many not know I’m in the process of becoming a Professional Home Economist aka PHEc in the province of Manitoba with the Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE). Before you can become a PHEc, you must meet certain criteria as well as complete a mentoring program, of which I’ve almost completed! While you’re working your way through these tasks you are an Interim Professional Home Economist or IPHE.
Today we’re going to chat about what a PHEc is, how you can become a PHEc, and why you should become a PHEc.
What is a PHEc?
The PHEc title is regulated under provincial law in the province of Manitoba as well as in several other provinces (not sure about the states). These individuals are self-regulated and adhere to an established code of professional conduct. PHEc’s can practice in a number of different areas in both private and public sectors and in the fields of nutrition, family social sciences, and textiles. Our main goal is to help better the health of families in community.
How do I become a PHEc?
To become a PHEc in Manitoba you have to have graduated from a university program that falls under one of the realms of Home Economics/Human Ecology (textiles, family social science, or nutrition). As of last year, this included anyone graduating from the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba, but as of current it means anyone in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, the general Human Ecology program, the Department of Family Social Sciences, or the Textiles Program*.
If you meet this criteria you can begin the IPHE and connect with a mentor through MAHE.
*The Faculty of Human Ecology is currently being dismantled at the University of Manitoba, which makes things a little more complicated.
Why should I become a PHEc?
Not only is the price right (many other professional organizations have much higher membership fees) but there are many more of fantastic reasons to become a PHEc:
1. To be a member of a professional organization and regulated under law. This gives you credibility out in the real world as well you’ll be a part of a group of like-minded individuals with similar educational training as you.
2. Volunteering and job opportunities. The professional association does a great job of keeping members up to date with both volunteer and job opportunities that come up locally, nationally, as well as internationally.
3. Networking events. MAHE puts on a number of events throughout the year that gives it’s members a chance to meet, learn, and talk to one another.
4. To make yourself stand out. – Many qualified individuals choose to become a PHEc on top of their current designations (RD’s, MSc’s, ect). Becoming a PHEc will set you apart in a flooded job market.
If you’re interested in learning more feel free to contact me and I can try to answer some of your questions, or check out the websites for some of the other PHEc professional organizations from across the country.
Disclaimer: I was not sponsored in anyway to write this post. I am a member of MAHE, and I see my membership as having a huge amount of value so I wanted to share the information with all of you!