Student CHMM

IHMM’s Student Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (ST/CHMM™) credential recognizes students who wish to demonstrate their development of knowledge and skills in hazardous materials management while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degree.

Benefits of a Student CHMM Credential

There are 1.5 million Bachelor’s degrees awarded by universities and colleges every year. The average student spends thousands of dollars to achieve something that 1.5 million other students also have. While undeniably valuable, you need more than a Bachelor’s degree to clearly distinguish yourself from everyone else in a highly competitive job market. That’s where professional certification becomes so valuable to you.

With IHMM and the Student CHMM credential, you enter a path to being in the top 1% of your professional community.

Student CHMMs Are Eligible for the IHMM Scholarship

In addition to the professional development benefits of a Student CHMM, the Student CHMM is also eligible for the IHMM Scholarship Program. Each year IHMM’s Scholarship Committee awards $16,000 to qualified Student CHMMs. Learn more about the IHMM Scholarship by navigating to this part of the IHMM website.

Eligibility Requirements

Your school needs to have been approved by the Student CHMM committee to participate in the Student CHMM program. You can find the list of approved schools here >  If your school is not on the approved list, then please contact your school about filing an application here > The student applicant is required to meet the following:



  1. You are in a course of study in the areas of environmental studies, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, or geology that may lead you, after graduation, to a professional position in which the fully accredited CHMM credential is available.
  2. You are a Junior or later in school with 30 credit hours of undergraduate education in the courses cited above -or- have achieved a minimum of 1,500 hours of associated work experience in the hazardous materials field and have returned to school for additional education.


College Transcript

Submit your class attendance and credited undergraduate course work grades and dates from your undergraduate school.


Relevant Experience

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

If you choose to report 1,500 hours of professional experience associated with the ST/CHMM blueprint, record your work experience. Record job titles, employers and work responsibilities individually. “Associated work experience” means work experience associated with the core hazardous materials principles of the ST/CHMM credential. Having work experience with environmental remediation, for example, would qualify as associated work experience while working in high school at Burger King would not.


Pay the Application Fee

Pay the application fee. See below under Apply or Pay a 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.

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

Student CHMM Blueprint

The Student CHMM examination is a testing instrument designed to provide the student candidate with a brief introduction to the general breadth of information one should be familiar with at this stage of their professional and academic development. The Student CHMM examination on which this blueprint is based is not the same type or scope of secure examination the candidate will need to take and pass to become a fully credentialed CHMM later in a career.

and Recognition

The Student CHMM credential is not accredited, as it is designed to provide an introduction to private, professional certifications while the student is still in school. The full professional credentials that come after the Student CHMM are fully accredited.

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 can create an account and then apply. If you need assistance in any way, please contact Kortney Tunstall at [email protected], Rosie Wilson at [email protected], or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected]. 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.

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

The Student CHMM does not have a recertification available as the credential is designed for students. This section is the same as a Student CHMM will see in other accredited credentials so that you will become familiar with that is ahead as you progress on to higher level credentials. 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!

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.

Step 3

Keep your employment status and professional information current in your MYIHMM account.

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 [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.