Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does a CHMM do?
    A CHMM handles, manages, or advises others on hazardous materials or situations associated with or potentially including such items. A CHMM may perform management and/or compliance duties for a corporation, business, government, or some other organization in this capacity, or work in a related field associated with hazardous materials such as environmental protection, safety, hazmat transportation, or security. Any time hazardous materials are involved, a CHMM professional can advise on proper handling and management for ensuring safety and compliance.

  2. How many CHMMs are there?
    Over 12,000 have been certified and almost 9,000 remain currently active.

  3. What professional/ethical standards are CHMMs bound by?
    Every CHMM is bound by the CHMM Code of Ethics. Certification is granted only after the Institute receives a personally signed copy of the code from the candidate. Suspected violations of the Code are investigated by the Institute Board of Ethics.

  4. Why should I consider certification?
    The CHMM certification identifies individuals with the professional qualifications and expertise needed to handle, manage, and consult on matters relating to hazardous materials. The CHMM credential serves as an independent validation of your proficiency in this interdisciplinary field.

    Being certified can advance your career, improve your employment status, and improve your chances of landing a better job. Employers understand that mishandling or mismanagement of hazardous materials can quickly become a critical element in the success or failure of a business. They depend on proven credentials like the CHMM to help identify those who are best qualified for the job.

  5. I am already a PE/RPG/CSP/CIH, etc. Why would I want to add CHMM to my credentials?
    The CHMM is a multi-disciplinary credential. Management of hazardous materials intersects and cuts across the fields of engineering, geology, safety and industrial hygiene. It also encompasses facets of public health, transportation, homeland security, and other fields as well. The CHMM does not attempt to replace these other credentials. Rather, adding the CHMM to your list of accomplishments shows that you have the knowledge and skills to recognize and resolve hazardous materials issues wherever they occur.

  6. How and by whom is the CHMM Program administered?
    The CHMM Program is administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) located in Rockville, Maryland. Applications are completed by CHMM candidates and forwarded to the Institute Executive Office along with the necessary documentation. The Institute reviews the application materials for eligibility and completeness. Those meeting the eligibility requirements (experience and academic) are then scheduled to sit for the CHMM examination. A CHMM certificate is issued to those who pass, after all administrative requirements have been met. The Institute’s Executive Office is the office of record for all active CHMMs’ signature documents, eligibility information, examination results, and official correspondence, as well as contact and fiscal data.

  7. Is the CHMM Program accredited?
    Yes. The CHMM Program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) located in Annapolis, Maryland. CESB provides accreditation for certification programs in the United States in the areas of engineering and related scientific specialties

  8. What companies or government agencies recognize the CHMM credential?
    Federal and state governments and many private businesses across the country recognize the value of the CHMM certification and some require it in the performance of certain types of work. Included are: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Cleanup Star Program); State of Connecticut (Aquifer Protection Program); State of Indiana (Soil Remediation and Underground Storage Tank (UST) Closure Projects); State of Kentucky (Department of Environmental Protection); U.S. Air Force; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. National Park Service; FDIC; General Motors; Delphi; Teris; PSE&G; 3E; and MECX. In addition, the Veterans Administration recognizes the CHMM credential and will reimburse veterans and their eligible dependents for the cost of the CHMM exam.

  9. What benefits are there to joining the Queen City ACHMM chapter?
    If you are a CHMM, or working toward your CHMM credential, some benefits include:

    • Networking with fellow CHMMs
    • Professional development via our guest speakers
    • Earning certification maintenance points
    • Ability to take a leadership role as a chapter officer or chairperson

  10. Do you have to be a CHMM to join the Queen City Chapter?
    No you do not have to be a CHMM to join our chapter.  Please refer to the Membership link

  11. Why is recertification of my credential important?
    As stated by the IHMM, the recertification program ensures that CHMMs maintain the highest professional standards and enhance their continued competence. The recertification process is mandatory to maintain the CHMM certification.

  12. What's required to maintain my CHMM credential, i.e. recertification?
    The program requires that CHMMs participate in professional development activities and submit evidence of these activities every 5 years. Certification Maintenance Points, CMPs, can be earned through such things as:

    • Active professional practice
    • Attendance at more than 50% of local ACHMM chapter meetings
    • Service as an officer or chairperson in a local ACHMM chapter
    • Participation in relevant continuing education and refresher courses

    In addition, an average of at least 1.25 CMPs must also be earned annually in any combination of professional development activities including:

    • College and university credit courses
    • Professional development conferences and seminars
    • Continuing education and refresher courses

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