CHMM®GENERAL RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) requires that the CHMM 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 CHMM, you need to stay current on developments in the industry, and remain competent in the knowledge, skills and abilities you demonstrated by earning the CHMM designation. 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 CHMM is responsible for:
- Seeking out activities that are relevant to the competency requirements of the CHMM 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; and,
- Earning sufficient CMPs to recertify CHMM Recertification Handbook
IHMM does not evaluate activities or pre-approve activities for CMP credit.
When do I need to Recertify? Read about recertification schedules
Fees: All certificants must be up to date in their annual certification maintenance fees at the time of their application for recertification. Recertification by form is free. Pay a Fee Online
Audit: Only a percentage of the submissions will require full documentation of the CMP credit claimed on the CHMM Application for Recertification. All IHMM Board and Committee members will be required to submit full documentation. CHMMs selected for audit will be notified prior to their submission due date. IHMM Reserves the right to request documentation from any certificant.
CHMMs 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. CHMMs 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.
CHMM® Recertification Requirements
- CHMMs 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:
Online CHMM® Recertification Application
The Application for Recertification consists of three (3) sections that MUST BE COMPLETED. Your application will not be processed if any of these sections are left blank.
- Section I - Active Professional Practice (Employment)
Section II - Professional Development Activities (Continuing Education)
Section III – total CMPs claimed
After completing and submitting this application, you will be directed to a payment form so you can submit the non-refundable $175 recertification fee.
How to access the form and guidelines on how to recertify on-line:
To find out your Username and Passwork, please call IHMM, Recertification Department, (301)984-8969, ext. 17 or 18.
- Log into your account using the username and password. (Click on "Forgot your password?" if you have any trouble logging in.)
- After logging in, you will then see a screen displaying the demographic data currently in your record.
If you are logging in for the first time, you will need to update and verify your contact information.
- Click on “Update Personal Info” from the menu under "Home" on the left side of the screen, and update your contact information.
- Some personal information fields, indicated by an *, are required to be completed. One of these required fields is "*Birth date”, which is only visible to IHMM staff, and is only used as a unique identifier to allow us to differentiate between individuals with similar names.
- To indicate which information you would like to have displayed as part of the “IHMM Online Directory”, simply check the box next to “Visible in the Public Registry:”
- Once your data is completed and accurate, scroll to the bottom and click on the box to verify and accept user license terms.
To Apply for Recertification:
- Click on "Complete a Form" from the menu under "Forms" on the left side of the screen.
- Select "CHMM Application for Recertification - 2010v3" from the list of forms.
Please note when filling out the CHMM Application for Recertification:
- BE SURE TO CLICK ON "SAVE" PERIODICALLY as you fill out the form. Otherwise your work will be lost if you leave the form prior to finishing it.
- There is no running tally of the CMPs claimed.
Recertification application status definitions:
Approve: If the application demonstrates sufficient points to meet the standard, based on acceptable claims, if all fees have been paid, and if there are no reasons to withhold or delay recertification, the application shall be approved for recertification. Upon approval of the application, the CHMM will receive a letter of approval, and a new certificate, which shows the certification date, ID number, and new expiration date.
Reject: If an application is submitted with less than the required number of CMPs, or if claims listed in the application were found to be inappropriate for recertification purposes and therefore resulted in a total less than the required number of CMPs, the CHMM is notified by email with a request that additional information be added to his online submission (“Edit” the form) within a 2-3 week period. Once the additional information is added, the Recertification Manager would re-evaluate the form and a final review would be made.
Denial: If there are insufficient points demonstrated, the CHMM shall be contacted with an explanation of the deficiencies, and shall have 30 days to respond. If the CHMM remains unqualified for recertification, he or she shall be so notified in writing by certified mail. The notice shall include the reason for denial, the procedures for appeal, and information about retaking the certification examination.
Audit: CHMMs who are selected for audit will be notified after receipt of their application and will be required to submit full documentation for all claimed activities. CHMMs 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.
Re-taking the CHMM exam in lieu of submission: A CHMM who cannot (or chooses not to) meet the recertification requirements through submission of documentation may recertify by passing the CHMM examination. Payment of the examination fee is required. Please contact us if you wish to pursue this alternative.
Certificants who are unable to meet the recertification requirements may elect to take the CHMM examination recertify. The $360 examination fee must be submitted to the IHMM office by your submission deadline date.
Appeals: The CHMM may appeal a negative decision to the Executive Director of the Institute. The appeal must be submitted within 60 days after the date on which the revocation notification.
Inactive Status: Upon written request to the IHMM Certification Director, a certificant who is unable to remain active in the profession due to circumstances beyond his or her control (e.g., medical disability, military assignment, etc.) may be granted inactive status for up to three years, during which time all payment and recertification requirements shall be waived. During the period of inactivity, the individual shall not use the "CHMM" or "CHMP" designation, which implies active status, but may use "CHMM/CHMP (Inactive)."
Upon reactivation, the individual's status picks up at the point where it left off. If an inactive certificant is unable to return to active status after this three-year period, the credential will be deemed revoked. An individual whose credential has been revoked under this rule shall be required to apply for and take the certification examination anew in order to regain his or her credential.
Retiree Status: The IHMM Board of Directors established the CHMM (Ret.) category with the intent of providing a mechanism for continued identification of CHMMs once they have retired from professional hazardous materials management practice, with the understanding that those so designated will not use the CHMM (Ret.) designation for any professional practice or work for compensation that implies current competency in hazardous materials management.
A CHMM who is no longer active in the field of hazardous materials management may apply for designation as a CHMM (Ret.). In order to qualify, the CHMM must be in good standing and must have been recertified at least once before applying for CHMM (Ret.) status. The CHMM (Ret.) designation may be used on personal stationery and personal cards, but not on business cards or stationery and not for commercial purposes. It shall be considered unethical conduct for a retired certificant to use the designation "CHMM" after acquiring Retired status, or to use the "CHMM (Ret.)" designation while continuing to practice. Any violation of these restrictions would make the individual's CHMM (Ret.) designation subject to revocation.