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Accreditation and Credential Management Activities

The past six months saw announcements from IHMM with improvements and advances to its accreditation and credentials management processes.

IHMM announced a new blueprint for the CHMM credential examination that will take effect on 1 July 2013.  All CHMM examinations starting on 1 July 2013 will be based on this new blueprint.  This new CHMM Blueprint is the outcome of the “Job Analysis Report for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager” which documents the review of the competency requirements for the CHMM and then reports on a survey of the certificant population to verify these competencies.  The Job Analysis Report (JTA) documents and analyzes over 3000 certificant responses. The report is available from IHMM upon request.  The CHMM Examination Committee is now working to develop new CHMM test forms, beginning with the reclassification of exam items in the CHMM item bank to match the new exam blueprint.

Additional changes are being made to the CHMM eligibility requirements. As part of the JTA, the IHMM survey included several demographic questions to gather data on the number of years of work experience applicants have prior to applying for the CHMM exam.  These survey results show that over 90 percent of respondents indicated over 4 years work experience at the time of application. Based on this information, IHMM will be changing the relevant work experience requirement for CHMM applicants to:  Minimum of four years of relevant experience in the field of hazardous materials management or a related field.  This eligibility requirement change will also take effect on 1 July 2013.

IHMM applied for and was subsequently awarded accreditation from the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) to gain further recognition from the engineering profession for the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP) credential.  The CHMP joins the CHMM credential as being accredited by both CESB and the American National Standards Institute.  CESB sets guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs for engineers, technologists, technicians, and related scientific professionals and serves as an accrediting body for organizations that certify individuals within the engineering profession.

Finally, IHMM announced that certificants will gain certification maintenance points (CMPs) for mentoring a colleague.  This policy was developed by the CHMM Recertification Committee and was subsequently approved by the IHMM Board of Directors.  Mentoring provides a great opportunity for certificants to advance their professional and personal development through interpersonal relationships.   The policy allows professionals holding either a CHMM or CHMP to gain a maximum of 10 CMPs per year for mentoring a colleague on a subject associated with an IHMM credential blueprint.  CMPs are awarded according to a scale of mentoring hours.  Certificants can start to submit recertification claims for mentoring starting 1 July 2013.