Professional Development CMPs
For the last several years, CHMMs have been required to
document at least 20 hours (= 1.25 CMPs) of professional
development/continuing education activities
annually, in order to meet the
requirements of our accreditation by the Council of Engineering and
Specialty Boards (CESB).
As a result of recent discussions with CESB, we are
able to change the way CMP credit is counted for these activities:
1) The Professional
requirement of 20 hours per year may be averaged over the 5-year cycle.
That is, a CHMM may earn a minimum of 6.25 CMPs (100
hours) over the 5 years, rather than having to show a minimum of 1.25 CMP
(20 hours) each year. For example, the following
would be an acceptable claim:
Year 1 64 hours = 4 CMPs
Year 2 16 hours = 1 CMP
Year 3 16 hours = 1 CMP
Year 4 16 hours = 1 CMP
Year 5 0 hours = 0 CMP
Total 112 hours = 7 CMPs
Additional activities may be counted
Professional Development requirement.
Previous guidelines specified that you should count the
following activities as professional development: college
courses and degrees; attendance at conferences,
seminars; vocational/refresher courses; and part-time instructor activity.
Now you may also count presentations, publications and papers. Some
providers participate in a program to pre-authorize their courses for CMP
credit (see related article, below). If you are ever unsure about whether an
activity qualifies, you may call the Institute office for advice.
A new Recertification Assessment Form is being
developed that will make it easier for CHMMs to report these activities.
Meanwhile, you may apply the new criteria above instead
of the "annual requirement" (i.e., 1.25 CMP
that appears on forms currently in
reviewers have been
alerted and are applying these new criteria to
submissions that have already been filed.