IHMM Announces New CSHM® Test Specification (Blueprint)
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Manager (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 CSHM 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 CSHM 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 CSHM 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 CSHM credential. Thank you for volunteering your time, your expertise, and your passion to define the CSHM credential!!
Nine subject matter experts (SMEs) serve on the CSHM Scheme Committee, working under the guidance of Jim Brinton, a trained psychometrician from Certification Management Services (CMS), and other facilitators, Steven Guillory, Chair, and Tom Slavin, Vice-Chair of the CSHM Scheme Committee and M. Patricia Buley, IHMM’s Director of Certification and Accreditation.
Pictured: Patricia Buley, Jim Brinton, Tom Slavin, David Onchagwa, Don Hermey, Dr. William Goetz, Steven Guillory, Amanda Davies. Not pictured: Fred Pearson and Jan Brown, Jr.
|Subject Matter Expert||Sector|
|Steven Guillory, Chair||Government/Environmental Safety and Risk|
|Tom Slavin, Vice-Chair||Consultant / Safety, Health, Environment & Quality|
|Jan Brown, Jr.||Consultant / Safety, Health, Environment & Quality|
|Amanda Davies||Public/ Environmental, Health, and Safety|
|William Goetz||Consultant /Health and Safety|
|Donald Hermey||Government/Environmental Health and Safety Officer|
|Kurt Kehl||Public/Environmental, Health, and Safety|
|David Onchagwa||Education/Environment, Health, and Safety|
|Fred Pearson||Public, Environment, and Safety Compliance|
The eligibility requirements for the CSHM examination are as follows:
Candidate education and experience must be validated through the application process before taking the CSHM examination. Individuals who meet the criteria outlined in the table may be eligible to sit for the CSHM examination.
|Degree or Designation||Qualifying Experience Requirement|
|Bachelor’s OR an advanced degree in a Safety-Related Field, OR ASHM designation||4 years|
|Bachelor’s OR an advanced degree in any field||5 years|
|Associate degree in Safety-Related Field||6 years|