IHMM’s Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM®) credential recognizes knowledge of occupational safety and health plus a working knowledge of business and financial principles and assesses your understanding of hazard analysis, accident investigation, safety audits, workers comp, product safety, environmental laws, labor relations, and more.

My safety and health designation has been beneficial in allowing me to work with businesses in the development of their safety and health plans. Without this professional credential I would not have achieved the successes I enjoy today.

John Poole, CSHM, John M. Poole Company LLC.

Benefits of a CSHM® Credential

The CSHM is the ultimate recognition for EHS professionals with knowledge and experience in safety management and general business principles. The CSHM is ideal for those who seek Executive positions within their organizations. Possessing the CSHM® helps employers demonstrate to suppliers, customers, and enforcement agencies that they excel at regulatory compliance and the management of workplace safety.

Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must meet all eligibility requirements before scheduling and taking their exam. These include (1) file an application; (2) transcript (upload a copy of your transcript/diploma if applicable to the application) (3) third-party employment verification, and (4) pay the application fee. Then pass the exam and pay the annual fee to be issued the credential. The following are the prerequisites…


  1. Baccalaurate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university plus five years of qualified work experience or,
  2. ASHM designation plus two years of qualified work experience.
  3. Full-time professional safety and health management experience are acceptable. Requires position duties with 50% or greater safety and health management related activities.

College Transcript

Your official transcript or diploma must be uploaded to your application before it can be submitted. To find out whether a college in the U.S. is accredited, check with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Degrees from foreign colleges or universities are acceptable if they are documented as equivalent to a BS/BA degree issued in the U.S.. Candidates with degrees from foreign colleges and universities must upload a copy of their statement of equivalency from a recognized evaluating agency. For a list of recognized agencies, see www.naces.org/members.htm. See our FAQ section for more information.

Relevant Experience

Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Occupational safety and health regulations management and implementation in the workplace
  2. Conducting safety audits or product safety analysis
  3. Conducting hazard analysis and accident investigations
  4. Implementing and managing workplace safety programs, workers’ compensation risk mitigation, and working with labor laws
  5. Evidence of working knowledge of business and financial management principles

Pay the Application Fee

Pay the application fee. See below under Apply or Pay a Fee. There is also A fee for the test and, if you pass, an annual maintenance fee.


Examination Preparation

Candidates need to be familiar with relevant laws and regulations, relevant scientific principles and their application, and best management practices. Many candidates attend overview courses or use self-study materials to prepare for the examination. IHMM does not require any specific type of exam preparation or training and the exams are not based on any single reference.

Where to Take the Exam

IHMM credentialing programs and examinations are based on an Exam Specifications “blueprint.” The blueprints govern the competency requirements for each credential and provide the outline of topics for the examinations. Examination questions are developed from the blueprints and applicants base their examination study on the blueprint.

 Please see the Candidate Handbook for additional information

CSHM Blueprint
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Study Guide

CSHM Blueprint

The CSHM examination is a testing instrument designed to evaluate candidates seeking professional certification in the field of EHS management. This Specification Blueprint is intended to offer guidance to candidates by outlining reasonably expected duties and tasks based on surveys of what environment, health and safety managers do in practice.


and Recognition

The measure of the quality and strength of a certification program is to evaluate its accreditation status. Accreditation is a form of certification for the certifying organization, requiring conformance with strict standards of validity, reliability, and impartiality.

A key feature of IHMM credentialing programs, accreditation is essential because of the nature of work performed by IHMM certificants. The management of environment, health and safety issues in the workplace are governed by model regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as from safety industry best practices regulations.

Accredited credentials allow professionals to not only gain knowledge to use and implement these regulations but to be recognized for their competency to properly manage and perform the functions of the profession.

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 ktunstall@ihmm.org or Rosie rwilson@ihmm.org or Jim jdrosdak@ihmm.org  or Kaylene kcagle@ihmm.org and one of them will be glad to help you.

MyIHMM Login

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.


Policies and
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.

Considering everything you did to achieve certification, don’t let it go to waste by failing to recertify. Here is a chart of the different ways you may earn your needed minimum 100 CMPs over 5 years.

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!

Step 1

Be proactive and enter your CMPs as you earn them. CMPs must be claimed following the guidelines in the IHMM Recertification Handbook.

Step 2

In your MYIHMM account, start your recertification application now to track CMPs as you go. Go to MYIHMM > then MENU > then Recertification > then Create a New Recertification Application.

Step 3

Keep your employment status and professional information current in your MYIHMM account. Please make sure your annual fees are also up-to-date.

Step 4

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!

Step 5

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 jnguyen@ihmm.org or Jim Drosdak at jdrosdak@ihmm.org 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.