How To Become A CHMM
Once you have learned a little about us
and the benefits
of being a chapter member, you are probably wondering "how do
I obtain the CHMM credential".
All candidates for CHMM certification must have a baccalaureate degree
(or higher) from an accredited college or university and pass a
professional multiple-choice examination developed and administered by
IHMM. Eligibility to sit for the exam, and the level of
certification, are determined by the candidate’s education and
Candidates for certification must have achieved a significant level of
education and experience and then demonstrate that knowledge and skill
by passing a rigorous examination which tests for:
- An understanding of the basic principles involved in
the science and technologies pertaining to hazardous materials
management, including: chemistry, physics, biology, geology/hydrology,
toxicology, and engineering;
- Knowledge of the Federal regulatory framework
relating to hazardous materials management;
- Competence and maturity of judgment in managing
environmental programs and resources.
Once candidates have successfully completed these
requirements, they must pledge to maintain the highest standards of
integrity through the CHMM Code of Ethics and must demonstrate
continued competence by undergoing recertification every five years.
Levels of Certification
Master Level: Attainment of a degree (as
described above) in a field related to hazardous materials management/
engineering plus seven years of experience in hazardous materials
management or a related field, including responsibility for developing,
implementing, directing and/or evaluating one or more related program
Senior Level: Attainment of a degree
(as described above) plus three years of appropriate experience in
hazardous materials management or a related field.
The CHMM exam is available at various locations throughout the year. A schedule of
dates and locations is posted on the IHMM web site.
Candidates must apply to IHMM at least six weeks in advance and be
found eligible to sit for the exam. Application forms are also
available on the IHMM web site.
The CHMM examination encompasses knowledge of science and technology,
regulations, and maturity of judgment regarding management of programs
and resources. It is a closed-book test, consisting of 160
multiple-choice questions to be answered in a three-hour period.
For a list of exam topics and more information download
Program Overview Brochure. The ACHMM also offers a National
Overview Course to help you prepare to take the CHMM
Examination. Be sure to check out the course
calendar for locations and dates.
If you have any questions about becoming a CHMM, feel
free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.