Companies value HAZMAT professionals who proactively seek opportunities to develop their skills and expertise. One of the best ways for individuals to demonstrate their commitment to career growth is by pursuing industry-recognized certifications. Is it worth it? The eligibility requirements are tough. Preparation can be a lot of work. The examination can be hard. Everyone has a different reason for pursuing a voluntary certification, e.g., peer recognition, personal satisfaction, job placement or advancement, market value,higher salaries. For some, the rewards are immediate and outward; for others, the rewards are intrinsic.
Salary Increases with Certification
Earning IHMM Credentials – CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP - can provide numerous benefits, including improved career prospects and enhanced earning power. According to a 2015 salary survey, the results indicate that the median annual base salary of individuals holding a credential from IHMM – CHMM, CHMP or CDGP - is $100,000, about 20 percent greater than the median annual base salary of survey respondents who held no certification; $83,000. Further,when years of experience are taken into account, salaries are approximately10 percent higher for IHMM certificate holders with 5 to 14 years experience than a professional with the same experience not holding a credential.
Reasons for Pursuing Certification
When salary survey respondents were asked why they pursued certification, 56 percent said it was part of their career plan.
Results from the survey clearly indicate a growing recognition of the value of credentials for hazardous material professionals, and the reward that comes from proving your value with an accredited hazardous materials certification.
The salary survey was a collaboration project between: the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and IHMM. Further information about the salary survey can be found at the 2015 SH&E Industry Salary Calculator.