Credential Recognition

IHMM credentials are preferred by many companies, states, and the federal government. They identify professionals who are certified to deal with hazardous materials management, dangerous goods transportation, environmental protection, health, and safety. Corporate leaders know that their products and operations are safe, secure, and compliant when IHMM credentialed professionals are on their staff. Governments know that they have hired the very best professionals in the top 1% of their professions.

Accreditation Recognition

IHMM certification credentials have been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  The CHMM and CHMP credentials were accredited in 2009 and CDGP was accredited in 2015.  The ANSI accreditation program is based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.  IHMM credentialing programs have been reaccredited each year via a vigorous ANSI annual surveillance process. ANSI accreditation is recognized both nationally and internationally and has become the hallmark of a quality certification program.

The IHMM CHMM and CHMP certification programs are accredited by The Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB is an independent, voluntary membership body for organizations that recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields. Accreditation is earned by demonstrating adherence with CESB Accreditation Guidelines, including a robust review program of compliance to those standards.

State Recognition

CHMMs in Connecticut may supervise and sign off on wastewater permits/aquifer protection plans.  In the State of New York, CHMMs are recognized as Qualified Environmental Professionals to certify Institutional Controls/ Engineering Controls (ICs/ECs), for Environmental Restoration Projects, State Superfund Projects, Brownfields Cleanup Projects, and Voluntary Cleanup Program Projects. Also in New York see DER-10 / Technical Guidance for Site Investigation and Remediation. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the CDGT and CHMM and recognized as Accident and Illness Prevention Service Provider under 1001(a) and (b) of the act (77 P.S. Sec 1038.1 (a) and (b)). The State of Washington has provided limited recognition of the CHMM within the scope of existing law at the time [2013], in areas of the UST program, Petroleum Contaminated Soils guidance, and Voluntary Cleanup Program guidance. The State of Nebraska under 178 NAC Chapter 24 of the Department of Health and Human Services regulations recognizes the CHMM as eligible for remediation services. The State of Indiana authorizes CHMMs to do a wide variety of UST work including characterization plans, corrective action plans and serve as a Senior Project Manager under the Indiana Liability Trust Fund. The State of Colorado recognizes the CHMM as a Health & Safety Officer under Department of Transportation contracts, as well as for certifications under 40 CFR Part 261 Subparts C and D, and for compliance under CERCLA, Section 101 [14], as amended.

Federal Recognition

Federal agencies seeking qualified personnel to fulfill their needs are also turning to professionals with the CHMM certification. The US Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine recognizes the CHMM as a USACHPPM Professional Certification.  The Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, requires a CHMM for many of its hydroelectric dam construction and operational personnel. The US National Park Service requires supervision by a CHMM in many of their requests for proposal. Contracts that include the CHMM credential have also been issued by the US Air Force, the US EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the FDIC, and other Federal and state agencies.

Private Industry Recognition

Corporations throughout the country have recognized the significance of credentialing their environmental professionals, and their preference is the CHMM certification. Some of the companies encouraging their professionals to attain the CHMM credential include AstraZeneka AARCHER, ENSR, 3E, Teris, Tetra Tech, Shaw Group, URS, Terracon, Sara Lee, Public Service Electric and Gas (NJ), Boeing, Delphi, and General Motors Corp.

IHMM & AHMP Launch 45 in 5 – National Credential Recognition

In 2019 Mark Bruce from AHMP and Gene Guilford from IHMM worked on a project to get the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recognize the CHMM and CDGT credentials. With Mark’s work on the ground in  Pennsylvania, we succeeded. We have already succeeded in 6 states – New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California and Nebraska.

Since the launch, we have added Delaware, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Kansas, South Carolina, Missouri, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and West Virginia as the next states to work on.

  • The State of Colorado recognizes the CHMM as a Health & Safety Officer under Department of Transportation contracts, as well as for certifications under 40 CFR Part 261 Subparts C and D, and for compliance under CERCLA, Section 101 [14], as amended. Colorado is the 7th state government to have recognized the CHMM. This is a part of the IHMM-AHMP 45 in 5 Program to secure recognition by governments around the country.

Now Mark at AHMP and Gene at IHMM has launched 45 in 5, getting the other 45 states to recognize our credentials in 5 years. If we can find a volunteer like Mark in 45 other states we can work with those volunteers on crafting the right message to the right agencies in state governments across the country. If we find enough volunteers we can get this done in less than 5 years.

Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:

  • Take a template letter we write and send it to the right people at the right agencies of state governments
  • IHMM & AHMP will identify the agencies and the people to contact
  • Follow up after sending the letter
  • IHMM will engage all of our certificants and AHMP will engage all of its members in each state to communicate with the agencies in support of the recognition
Let’s get the rest of the country on board. Volunteer using this form: AHMP/IHMM 45 in 5 Project