Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.  Why did the number of Certification Maintenance Points (CMPs) CHMM®s must earn during their 5-year periods to qualify for recertification change from 17 to 200?
A. There is no net effect on amount of professional development that is required for recertification. The old standard required a minimum of 6.25 CMPs over the five-year period, which equals a total of 100 hours.  The new requirement is 100 CMPs over the five-year period which, at 1 CMP per hour, is also 100 hours.  The new standard also recognizes additional activities in the professional development category, such as service on standards committees and on LEPCs.
Also, the revised Certification Maintenance Point (CMP) schedule makes it much easier to report your credits, because most fractions will be eliminated. You will get 20 points (instead of 2) for each year of full-time employment, so if you had any partial years, they will most likely be reported in whole numbers.  And, for most professional development activities, you will earn 1 CMP per hour, which will be much easier to calculate than the old system of .0625 CMP per hour.
Q.  Which set of CMP standards will be used for someone whose 5-year period includes years under both the old and new standards?
A.  The activities that you completed for those recertification activities will be evaluated based on the standard that was in effect for the year in which they were earned. 
Q.  What should I do if I'm unemployed for part of my period?
A.  There are several possible answers, depending on your situation:
  1. If you have an extended period of unemployment (more than a couple of months), you can request to go on Inactive Status. While on Inactive Status, a CHMM®'s fees and recertification obligations are put on hold, and they resume when you reactivate. There's a limit of 3 years on Inactive Status, so you must reactivate within that period, or your credential will be terminated.
  2. You may be able to make up the lost employment credits through other activities. You'd need to accumulate more than the minimum required 100 hours of professional development during the period, so that the excess can be used to compensate for the lower credit for employment in your overall total.
  3. Every CHMM® has the option of taking the exam again in lieu of filing paperwork for recertification. When you choose this option, it doesn't matter whether you were employed throughout your period, or how many CMPs you earned in professional development. This option should be exercised during the final (fifth) year of your period.
Please contact the Recertification Team at IHMM recert@ihmm.org, or 301-984-8969, Ext. 18, if you need additional guidance.
Q.  How can I earn more CMPs in professional development?
A.  Consult the CHMM Recertification Handbook for the types of activities that qualify for points toward your Professional Development (PD) requirement. This category was expanded in 2009 and, in addition to the standard training and conference activities, the following now also qualify for PD credit:
Service on governmental or industry advisory committees--such as ASTM committees or LEPCs;
Earning a new credential in a related field--such as CSP, CIH, PMP--but, renewing a credential you already held does not count;
Volunteer service to the community--such activities such as science fairs, wetlands projects, stream cleanups, or waste collections;
Volunteer service to the profession--such as holding leadership positions in AHMP or related associations, as long as you can describe the position in terms of how it relates to the CHMM® blueprint.
One area that is usually overlooked is writing items for the CHMM® exam.  This activity is FREE and can be done any time, any place. Follow the guidelines on the IHMM Item Processing Sheet, and be sure to submit a copy of your reference material with the item to gain 1 CMP per item submitted.
Q.  How does the new audit process work?
A.  DO NOT SUBMIT supporting documentation with your CHMM® Application for Recertification form, as IHMM is implementing an audit program beginning in 2010. Those CHMM®s 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. CHMM®s that are not selected for an audit should maintain copies of all supporting documentation. IHMM reserves the right to request documentation from any certificant to verify claimed activities.
Q.  Can I claim all of my EHS training and attendance at conferences?
A.  Please be aware that some components of EHS training may not be eligible for CMP credit, such as: ergonomics, machine guarding, slip/trip/fall, forklift or crane operations, defensive driving, or CPR certification. Each module claimed must have some relation to hazardous materials. Courses which contain multiple modules, of which some are relevant and some are not, will receive partial credit (for example, 24 hours credit is generally awarded for a 30-hour Construction Safety course).
Credit for conferences is usually determined on the basis of the time spent in technical sessions. In general, eligible conferences that contain sufficient relevant content to the CHMM® Examination Blueprint will earn up to 5 CMPs per day, with a maximum of 20 CMPs per conference.
Q. Does teaching college level courses count as CMPs?
A. Yes. If the CHMM® is a member of the school's faculty (whether full- or part-time), the credit is claimed under Category I - Active Professional Practice. A non-faculty member who occasionally teaches courses should claim the credit as a "Part-time Instructor" under Category II - Professional Development Activities, earning 2 CMPs per hour of instruction time.
Q. I have a question in regards to the new criteria for obtaining CMP's. I work two jobs. One job is at an ammunition plant (industry) in the environmental department and the other is at an accredited college as an associate faculty member teaching in the environmental/HazMat department. How would this be reviewed by IHMM for my CMP's? How many points would I be awarded?
A. If both jobs are part-time, each should be pro-rated under Active Professional Practice. If your job at the ammunition plant is full-time, your teaching at the college could be claimed under Professional Development Activities, earning 2 CMPs per hour of instruction time.
Q. What role did the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), formerly the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM®), have in developing the recertification standards?
A. AHMP and IHMM are completely separate organizations. As such, AHMP is not involved with the development of IHMM certification standards, examinations, or recertification standards. However, the new recertification standards were reviewed by over 50 CHMM®s, many of which are also members of the AHMP.
Q. How many CMPs are earned at AHMP's National Conference?
A. You earn 5 CMPs per day with a maximum of 20 CMPs for attending the entire AHMP National Conference itself. You can also earn one (1) CMP for every one (1) hour for contact time* for attending the pre-conference and post-conference workshops, seminars, and training exercises.
*Contact time is based upon actual contact time spent in sessions, training, or on task. Breaks and meal times do not count toward contact hours.
Q. How should I document my CMP claims?
A. If you are being audited (required to submit documentation), submit a current resume or work history; submit copies of certificates of attendance for training classes, seminars and conferences; submit copies of programs, title pages, or letters of thanks for presentations made or books/papers published.