Eligibility Requirements - CHMP

Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner [CHMP®]

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.



Your education and/or experience will determine your eligibility to sit for the exam. There are two ways to qualify:

  1. You must have at least 5 years of relevant experience with responsibilities directly related to the handling of hazardous materials and/or waste in the workplace;


  2. You You must have an Associate Level degree in an applied science or related field from an accredited college or university such as in hazardous materials management, environmental science, environmental management, physical or life science or environmental technology, plus 3 years of relevant experience as described above.  A copy of your transcript or diploma must be submitted.

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. 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.

Please view or download the Candidate Handbook for additional information.


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.


A copy of your official transcript or diploma must be uploaded to your application before you can register for an examination. To find out whether a college in the U.S. is accredited, check with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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.

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