IHMM Announces New CSMP Test Specification (Blueprint)
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) conducts a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to validate all certification examinations every five years, or more often if circumstances warrant. The job analysis identifies the performance areas and associated knowledge, tasks, skills, and abilities relating to the credential. The analysis ensures adequate and accurate coverage of all content as defined by the overall scope of the test. During the JTA process, a new blueprint is created that reflects the consensus of the profession validated by survey participants. The blueprint provides the areas of competency that a minimally qualified candidate must have to be deemed competent.
The IHMM CSMP Scheme Committee has conducted its first comprehensive Job Task Analysis (JTA) based on psychometric principles during a yearlong series of one-and-a-half-hour workshop meetings and has finalized the JTA and the blueprint for the CSMP examination. The job task analysis includes the test definition documents, the purpose of the exam, description of the intended audience, the definition of the minimally-competent candidate, domains, and testing objectives The committee worked on evaluating testing objectives using the cognitive levels of:
- Declarative – which requires a candidate to recall and retain knowledge
- Application – which requires a candidate to apply the knowledge to a scenario.
IHMM would like to extend a very special thank you to the CSMP Scheme Committee members. The success of this project can be largely attributed to the passionate subject matter experts in their field who were fully engaged in the process, and committed to the mission of IHMM and the CSMP credential. Thank you for volunteering your time, your expertise, and your passion to define the CSMP credential!!
Seven subject matter experts (SMEs) serve on the CSMP Scheme Committee, working under the guidance of Jim Brinton, a trained psychometrician from Certification Management Services (CMS), and other facilitators, Kirk Rains, Chair, and Trina of the CSMP Scheme Committee and M. Patricia Buley, IHMM’s Director of Certification and Accreditation.
Pictured above: Patricia Buley, Matt Rehlander, Mark Richards, Jim Brinton, Trina Cameron, Kirk Rains, and Lisa Price. Not pictured Conrad DeVeau and Jason Teliszczak.
|Subject Matter Expert||Sector|
| Kirk Rains, Chair|| National security, defense, healthcare, engineering|
| Trina Cameron, Vice-Chair||Construction, Environmental Protection, Oil and Gas Extraction, Remediation Services & Utilities|
| Conrad DeVeau||Manufacturing|
| Lisa Price||Health Care/Manufacturing|
| Matt Rehlander||Construction|
| Mark Richards|| Government/Environmental Health and Safety Officer|
| Jason Teliszczak||Consultant|
The eligibility requirements for the CSMP examination are as follows:
Candidate education and experience must be validated through the application process before taking the CSMP examination. Individuals who meet the criteria outlined in the table may be eligible to sit for the CSMP examination.
|Degree or Designation||Qualifying Experience Requirement|
|Bachelor’s degree in Any Field||2 years|
|Associate degree in Safety-Related Field||2 years|
|High school diploma/GED||3 years|
Summary of Requirements
- Full-time professional safety and health management experience are acceptable. Requires position duties with 50% or greater safety and health management-related activities.
- Two years of part-time experience with 50% or greater safety and health management activities may be substituted for one full-time year.
The new CHMM examination blueprint is expected to be effective by the fourth quarter of 2022. You can find the blueprint here: https://ihmm.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2022-IHMM-CSMP-Blueprint.pdf
For more information about the Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) certification program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, see the CSMP section of the IHMM website here. If you have questions about the CSMP Blueprint, please contact M. Patricia Buley at [email protected].