As a Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP), your job encompasses more than just environmental protection, waste management, dangerous goods transportation, safety, or materials handling. By working in an area that involves hazardous or potentially hazardous materials, you serve all of these areas and more. Corporations, universities, and government agencies depend on the certification to identify distinguished individuals.

The CHMP credential has been developed as a standard of proficiency for front-line hazardous materials workers. Acquiring the CHMP credential for yourself and/or recommending it to your colleagues will provide added assurance to both you and your employer of the secure and proper handling and management of hazardous materials in the workplace. The CHMP is intended to enhance regulatory compliance, safety, and overall credibility of operations, and provide recognition to individuals who meet its rigorous requirements.

The complete, most recent version of the CHMP blueprint may be read here.


Eligible candidates will have

  • 5 years of relevant experience with responsibilities directly related to the handling of hazardous materials and/or waste in the workplace


  • 3 years of relevant experience with responsibilities directly related to the handling of hazardous materials and/or waste in the workplace
  • an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from an accredited college or university in hazardous materials management or related field
Education Requirements

    Degrees acquired through foreign colleges or universities are acceptable if they are documented as equivalent to an AAS or BS/BA degree issued in the United States. Candidates with degrees from colleges and universities outside the U.S. must provide a copy of their statement of equivalency from a recognized evaluating agency. For a list of recognized agencies, see See our FAQ's section for more information. If the applicant holds an additional degree in a relevant field from an accredited U.S. college or university, only the U.S. college transcript needs to be submitted, and a degree equivalency report will not be required.

    To find out whether a college in the U.S. is accredited, check with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    Relevant Experience

    Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Hazardous materials identification and handling in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
    2. Planning and preparing for and responding to hazmat emergencies and incidents.
    3. Sampling and analysis (of air, water, soil, waste) for potential contaminants.
    4. Site investigation and remediation.
    5. Hazmat program or project management.

      All applications require a non-refundable $175 application fee and third-party employment verification. If applicable, you must uploaded a copy of your official college transcript or diploma. Applications to take IHMM examinations expire 12 months from the date your application is approved.

      Please view or download the Candidate Handbook for additional information.


      There is a $360 examination fee payable at the time you are ready to take the exam. Should you not pass on your first attempt, the exam retake fee is $150.

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      The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) requires that the CHMP certification be renewed every five (5) years to ensure that certificants retain their currency with the advancements in technology and changes in compliance requirements that occur frequently in hazardous materials management and related fields. To be an effective CHMP, you need to stay current on developments in the industry, and remain competent in the knowledge, skills and abilities you demonstrated by earning the CHMP certification. Maintaining the highest professional standards by continuing to uphold and abide by the Code of Ethics is also a requirement for recertification.

      Preparing for Recertification

      To qualify for recertification, each CHMP is responsible for:

      • Seeking out activities that are relevant to the competency requirements of the CHMP Examination Blueprint
      • Maintaining appropriate documentation of their participation in those activities;
      • Submitting supporting documentation for claimed activities IF the application is selected for audit (see below), or when additional information is requested;
      • Earning sufficient CMPs to meet the minimum 200 CMP requirement Recertification Claims; and
      • Earning sufficient CMPs to recertify Recertification Handbook.

      IHMM does not evaluate activities or pre-approve activities for CMP credit.

      Fees: All certificants must be up to date in their annual certification maintenance fees at the time of their application for recertification.  There's no fee for recertification.  Pay a Fee Online

      Audit: Only a percentage of the submissions will require full documentation of the CMP credit claimed on the CHMP Application for Recertification. All IHMM Board and Committee members will be required to submit full documentation. 

      CHMPs that are selected for audit will be notified after receipt of their application and will be required to submit full documentation for all claimed activities. CHMPs that are not selected for an audit will not be required to submit full documentation, but should maintain copies of all supporting documentation for a period of five (5) years after the submission of their application for recertification. IHMM reserves the right to request documentation form any applicant for recertification.

      CHMP Recertification Requirements

      CHMPs must earn at least 200 Certification Maintenance Points (CMPs) during a 5-year period to qualify for recertification. Certification Maintenance Points (CMPs) must be claimed in accordance with:


      For all inquiries related to recertification, contact

      Recertification Audits