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Hear from one of IHMM’s Certificant Insiders on why they chose to pursue a credential through IHMM.

Q&A with IHMM Certificant Insider

Erika Winning, CHMM, CSHM
EHS Manager, Regional (Distribution)
Rust Oleum
Other Certifications: EIT, CSP, CET, CRMP

What or who motivated you to earn an IHMM credential?

Early in my career, two of my mentors Julie Larose and Kristi Linsmeier both held IHMM credentials (CHMM). I was really motivated to follow in that path to demonstrate environmental competence and mastery because it wasn’t necessarily evident I had it just based on my education alone (my degree is in industrial engineering).

I pursued my CSHM because I saw an opportunity for representation and using it as a mentoring opportunity for younger professionals coming behind me.

Are there any opportunities you’re looking forward to as a result of earning an IHMM credential?

I think I have been fortunate to find a lot of opportunities because of my willingness to pursue credentials. I think it shows others you’re committed to continuous professional development.

Recently, I spoke at the FET Conference in Waukesha, WI, in 2023, and it was really rewarding. I also have the opportunity to speak at ASSP Safety 2024. I think those speaking engagements are directly related to being a credential holder.

One of the opportunities that I’m most proud of is my credentials allowed me to successfully run for and win a seat to serve on the IHMM board. Serving in my first term on the IHMM board has been a profound honor so far.

What would you say to someone who is considering earning an IHMM credential?

To go for it. Not to spend a lot of time worrying about if you will pass. Every attempt is an opportunity to learn. I think people psych themselves out into not thinking they have the background knowledge to be successful when they definitely do.

I recently had the opportunity to welcome a few current and former coworkers to the IHMM family, and it’s been very rewarding. Also, reach out to other credential holders. It’s a really awesome community to belong to, and there are a lot of unique perspectives and expertise.

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