One way to measure the quality of a certification program is to evaluate its accreditation status. Accreditation is a form of certification for the certifying organization, requiring conformance with standards of validity, reliability and impartiality.
IHMM certification credentials have been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The CHMM and CHMP credentials were accredited in 2009 and CDGP was accredited in 2015. The ANSI accreditation program is based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. IHMM credentialing programs have been reaccredited each year via a vigorous ANSI annual surveillance process. ANSI accreditation is recognized both nationally and internationally and has become the hallmark of a quality certification program.
The IHMM CHMM and CHMP certification programs are accredited by The Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB is an independent, voluntary membership body for organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields. Accreditation is earned by demonstrating adherence with CESB Accreditation Guidelines, including a robust review program of compliance to those standards.
Accreditation is a key feature of IHMM credentialing programs and is essential because of the nature of work performed by IHMM certificants. The handling and management of hazardous materials and the transport of dangerous goods are governed by model regulations published by the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Transportation, committees of the United Nations as well as a network of state, national and international organizations. Professionals need the competency to use, interpret, and implement the regulations to properly handle, transport, and store the materials to ensure the safety of the public. Each individual professional at times in their careers are assessed on their knowledge of regulations though study, experience and training. Accredited credentials validate assessments of knowledge, skills, and abilities and provide the acknowledgment that an individual has the competency to perform the functions of the profession.