IHMM’s Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM®) credential recognizes professionals who are recent Bachelor’s degree graduates with a focus in health and safety-related fields. This credential puts the holder on the fast-track to the CSHM credential.
During my service in the US Navy, I was stationed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and was assigned to work with/for the president’s audiologist (Earl J. Brown, MA CCC ASP). Mr. Brown always said that he thought it important to have initials after one’s name and instilled in me the desire to do just that. When I completed my Master’s degree and obtained my ASHM and then CSHM… certification….it gives me the credibility when handing over my business card.
Benefits of an ASHM® Credential
Professionals can put their careers in EHS Management on fast-track by earning the ASHM credential. There’s no exam required to earn this credential. The ASHM credential is an important stepping stone to the accredited CSHM® certification. Students earning a Bachelor’s Degree from an approved institution only have to demonstrate two years of experience, instead of four, to sit for the CSHM exam.
With ASHM on your resume, you tell employers you’re serious about a career in EHS Management.
A candidate must meet all eligibility requirements before receiving the ASHM. These include (1) file an application; (2) transcript (upload a copy of your diploma; (3) pay the application fee and annual maintenance fee, as well as meet the following requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university that is on the IHMM ABET schools list, or has been approved by IHMM as an ASHM participating institution.
- Apply for the ASHM within six months after graduating from an approved college or university with a major in a health or safety-related discipline and the application fee is waived, or apply after six months of graduation and pay the application fee.
Your degree will need to have been earned from an IHMM-approved or ABET-approved college or university. You will be asked to upload your college completion transcript from one of these two categories of schools in the application process.
You may review the current approved schools list here.
Start an Application, Pay the Application Fee
Start your application and pay the application fee. See below under Let’s Start Your Application. If you need assistance with the application contact Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] or call 928-247-6458
The ASHM credential is not accredited, as it is designed to provide an introduction to private, professional credentials for recent undergraduate school graduates. The full professional credentials that come after the ASHM are fully accredited. This credential sets the holder on a path to the CSHM.
Apply or Pay a Fee
If you are a first-time user and want to make an application to take an exam, or if you are an existing certificant wanting to pay a fee, everything is done through our online Portal MYIHMM.
Existing certificants use their username/password to log in. New users set-up an account and then make an application from the menu. If you need assistance in any way contact Kortney [email protected] or Rosie [email protected] or Jim [email protected] or Kaylene [email protected] and one of them will be glad to help you.
When you have your user/pass and can enter MYIHMM, Click on MENU and you will see this display. Select what You want to do from the menu and proceed…
A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health and safety communities of practice. IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.
Code of Ethics
Per the guidance of our accreditation authorities and our internal leadership, IHMM has a variety of policies that bear on our impartiality, our Code of Ethics, our regard for the privacy of your information and data, nondiscrimination, and additional federal guidelines for access to our tests and facilities. Everyone needs to be familiar with these policies as every applicant will be asked to affirm having read, understood, and agrees to be bound by all of these policies in the application process.
Recertification of Your Credential
Congratulations. After hard work and dedication, you earned your professional credential. Now, every 5 years you will need to recertify your valuable credential. Over 5 years you need to earn 200 certification maintenance points or CMPs. You receive 100 CMPs for the job you perform, and then need to earn a minimum of another 100 CMPs in a variety of ways demonstrating your commitment to continuous improvement and remaining current with the demands of your profession and our communities of practice. As there is no recertification for the Student CHMM or the ASHM, this section does not apply to the Student CHMM or the ASHM credentials.
Considering everything you did to achieve certification, don’t let it go to waste by failing to recertify.
IHMM will remind you, fairly often, about your impending recertification deadline. If you follow the steps outlined below you will find this process fairly easy to accomplish. Start with the advice in Step #1!
Be proactive and enter your CMPs as you earn them. CMPs must be claimed following the guidelines in the IHMM Recertification Handbook.
Keep your employment status and professional information current in your MYIHMM account. Please make sure your annual fees are also up-to-date.
In your 5th year, make sure all information is correct, confirm your minimum of 200 CMPs, and submit application. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you along the way, too!
Audits. Keep records of employment and CMPs requested. We may check in from time to time to assure accuracy.
Following these simple steps will make your recertification simple and easy to complete. Go to your online MYIHMM account, using your unique username and password.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected] or Jim Drosdak at [email protected] and someone will assist you.
An individual who previously held an IHMM certification that has not been decertified on ethical grounds may apply to have his or her certification reinstated if their annual fees have been expired for less than five (5) years and/or their decertified certification has been expired for less than five (5) years.
If either condition is not met, the individual must go through the full certification process to become certified again.
Reinstatement is not a reversal of decertification. All time in service is lost at the time of decertification. For more information regarding the reversal of decertification, please refer to IHMM’s Decertification Appeal Policy.
Evidence of knowing continued use of a decertified certification after having been provided notice of decertification by IHMM is a violation of your certification agreement and is unethical, and will render the individual ineligible for reinstatement.