IHMM’s Certified School Safety Manager® [CSSM®] credential certifies the school safety professional who is responsible for overseeing and supporting key operational and safety functions in educational facilities. This position may provide direct supervision or advise operations and academic programs in order to provide an environment free of recognized hazards.
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 a CSSM® Credential
Professionals can certify their careers in school safety management and the tremendous responsibilities that go with making our campuses and educational facilities safe for students, instructors, and visitors alike. Given the constant threats focused on K-12 and institutions of higher learning, having a certified school safety manager as part of the safety regime of any educational institution is more important than ever. Constantly improving skills for the CSSM is critically important, as the threats posed to our educational institutions are constantly changing, making recertification of this credential a key element to ensuring that the CSSM is the highest level school safety management professional.
A candidate must meet all eligibility requirements before applying to take the CSSM examination. These include (1) Meet the prerequisite criteria; (2) Upload a transcript (upload a copy of your diploma) where required; (3) submit third party employment verification for relevant experience; (4) submit an application and pay the application fee, as well as meet the following requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, with a preference for disciplines in applied science or related fields: Occupational Safety & Health, Emergency Management, Industrial Hygiene. Environmental Management, Criminal Justice, Security Management, Fire Science Human Resources – AND – a minimum of three  years of relevant experience [See Step 3 for Relevant Experience]. – OR – Possess a Certified School Safety
Specialist certification, and an Associate degree from an accredited college or university, with a preference for disciplines in applied science or related fields: Occupational Safety & Health, Emergency Management, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Management, Criminal Justice, Security Management, Fire Science, Human Resources.
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 colleges or universities outside of the U.S. are acceptable if they are documented as equivalent to a BS/BA degree issued in the U.S. Candidates with degrees from colleges and universities outside of the U.S. must upload a copy of their statement of equivalency from a recognized evaluating agency. For a list of recognized agencies, see https://www.naces.org/members. Once there, select an entity under CURRENT MEMBERS, and then do your research on your degree.
- Relevant experience includes experience within academic institutions that meets at least two (2) subject areas within the following eight (8) examples:
● Evidence of occupational
safety and health regulations
● Evidence of security program
management and crime
● Evidence of emergency
management and continuity of
● Evidence of risk management
and necessary insurance
● Evidence of environmental
regulations management and
● Evidence of training program
regulatory requirements and
● Evidence of personnel
management and associated
● Evidence of chemical hygiene
and laboratory management
Start Your 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
Move on to Schedule and Take the Examination
Having submitted your application, paid your application fee, and been approved, then you move on to purchase your examination. Move down to the next section of this site for information about taking the exam. For assistance with the examination contact Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] or call 928-247-6458
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.
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
Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam
Preparing for your CSSM examination is important as the CSSM examination is challenging. Your CSSM examination is derived from the CSSM blueprint, so downloading the CSSM blueprint and understanding the domains and their contents is a good first start. If you seek a course to take in which to prepare for the CSSM examination, you will find a course in our companion foundation, the Hazardous Materials Society.
The CSSM credential is not yet accredited by a third party accreditation agency.
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.