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Recertification Helpful Tips

Greeting Certificants!  Here we are again at newsletter time with some helpful tips on the importance of filling out your Recertification Application completely and how to group activities.

Why fill out the Recertification Application completely?

The key to making sure any activity claim gets all CMP credit is to make sure you have all the information for each claim listed on the application form.  IHMM requires all of the information in an activity claim is complete and correct to be able to award CMP credit.

Example:  A conference, “Principles of Hazardous Waste Remediation” you attended that ran from 11/4/2013 – 11/08/2013, for which you are claiming 20 CMPs.

To receive 20 CMPs of credit ensure you provide IHMM the following key information:

  • How many days of the conference you attended or hours per day - IHMM does not know if you were present for one-day or attended only a portion of the one-day conference, or attended all five-days of the conference.

To give credit for a claim, IHMM needs to know if you attended all 5 days of the conference for 6-hours per day.  That way IHMM can review the claim and verify that yes, 5 x 6 = 30 (5 CMP/day, and 20 CMP maximum/per conference), so 20 CMPs is a correct claim for the activity.

One item to remember is, not everyone performs the same activity the same way.  So IHMM needs more than just the name and year of activity to award credit.

For example; some folks may take their “8-hour Bob Smith safety course” in four 2-hour chunks, others online in eight 1-hour sessions, and still others in one 8-hour classroom setting. 

Without YOU telling IHMM, we’ll never know…and we want to know, we NEED to know, for EVERY claim, to make sure you get ALL the CMPs you’ve earned!

  • If the application does not contain the 200 minimum CMPs without that incomplete/ineligible claim, IHMM is required to reject the application.
  • All rejected applications are required to complete a separate (Application for Recertification RESUBMISSION) form to provide all the clarified/additional information needed to complete review of that claim and your application package.

This is why we at IHMM work with you to obtain the information essential to award CMP credit, and why it is so important to provide IHMM all the required information.

How to group similar activities

The most important place to “show your work” is in a grouped item activity claim.

When grouping your identical recurring activities (which are the ONLY claim types eligible for grouping in one block), make sure to include a breakout of each course's information in the “Description of the Activity” block.

Without all of the requested information being provided on the application form, IHMM cannot:

  • Determine if the course was taken during your 5-year cycle;
  • Determine if the course was the same number of hours/CMPs you claimed; and
  • Determine how much CMP credit is appropriate for the claim.

Make sure to enter all required information and to receive the credit you earned.

Keeping that in mind, let’s look at an example on how to group a common claim, the HAZWOPER refresher.

EXAMPLE- The information layout for EACH grouped activity claimed block should look something like this (but with your relevant information): 

of the degree received, course/class taken, conference attended, leadership position, or award received.
HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher

Provider/Sponsor Name AND Location:
(city, state/province)
WCA Compound, c/o Dr. Henry Pym, Ph.D.
1800 Palos Verdes Drive
Los Palos Verde, CA 90006

Activity Start Date:

Activity End Date:

Description of the Activity
Include the relevance to the CHMM Examination Blueprint.

Training in The HAZWOPER standard covers 5 specific areas of operations, including:

  • Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether Federal, state local or other involving hazardous substances that is conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
  • Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq);
  • Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S EPA to implement RCRA regulations; and
  • Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
2007- HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher  10/06/2007 10/06/2007 8 hours
2008- HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher  10/07/2008 10/07/2008 8 hours
2009- HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher  10/08/2009 10/08/2009 8 hours
2010- HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher     10/09/2010  10/09/2010  8 hours
2011- HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher   10/10/2011 10/10/2011 8 hours

Relevant Area(s)
of the CHMM Examination Blueprint related to this activity.
(Select ALL that apply)

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CMPs Claimed for this Activity