J. Darrel Hicks, BA, Master REH, CHESP, Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention (for Environmental Services Professionals), C0-Founder and Contributor infectioncontrol.tips. He began his career in the management of hospital housekeeping services in 1981 and has retired from his role as the Director of Environmental services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States. As the current Director of Environmental Services at GCI-Green Clean Institute, Hicks directs the EVS Technician education and certification program. At the successful completion of this internet-based, 6-module, self-paced educational program the participant will receive a certificate validating their knowledge. They will have become a Certified Environmental Services Tech (CEST). Darrel is accredited as an official ISSA Cleaning Industry Standard Certification Trainer and Certified as an EXPERT TRAINER. As the owner/principal of Darrel Hicks, LLC, Hicks specializes in B2B consulting, webinar presentations, seminars and facility consulting services related to providing hygienically clean surfaces. Hicks was President of the IEHA-Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide during the term 2006-2008 and holds the title of MASTER Registered Executive Housekeeper (MREH). He is an active member of both the AHE (Association for the Healthcare Environment) where he holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional) and CMIP (Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention), and APIC (the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) professional groups. Hicks is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in infection prevention and control as it relates to cleaning. He has written and published numerous articles in professional and healthcare-related journals as part of his commitment to providing a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment. In 2010, Hicks authored “Infection Prevention for Dummies”, a 43-page, pocket-size book. Over 30,000 professionals from around the globe have this handy reference for educating and training cleaning professionals and Infection Preventionists in proper cleaning and disinfection.