Obtaining the CHMM Credential

Obtaining the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credential is an excellent way to achieve recognition and demonstrate your knowledge and competence in managing hazardous materials. The CHMM credential is administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and is accredited for issuing professional certifications. In addition to the CHMM credential, IHMM offers certification for the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP®), the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), and the Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer (CDGT).

There are more than 16,000 environmental professionals who have achieved status as a CHMM. The State of Wisconsin just included CHMM as one of those certifications officially recognized

Becoming a CHMM entails meeting eligibility requirements, completing an application documenting your education and experience, achieving a passing score on the CHMM examination, agreeing to uphold and abide by the CHMM Code of Ethics, and paying applicable fees. Eligibility requirements for a CHMM include:

  • a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in hazardous materials management or a related field.
  • the names of two references, and
  • four years of relevant experience.

The IHMM website (https://www.ihmm.org/applicants/general-information) includes information on the CHMM credential and a Candidate Handbook, which describes the steps required to become a CHMM (https://www.ihmm.org/sites/default/files/IHMM_Candidate_Handbook_Revised-120117.pdf). 

If you are considering becoming a CHMM, the Wisconsin CHMM Chapter sponsors an annual review course in preparation for the exam.  Unofficial records indicate that over 80% of the individuals that have attended this review course have become CHMMs. The course is normally offered during the summer. Pay attention to future Environotes for more information on the 2018 course.

Please contact Melissa Bitter (melissa.bitter@jci.com), Troy Stucke (troy_stucke@bradycorp.com), or Dan Brady (bradyengr@gmail.com) if you have questions or need additional information regarding CHMMs.