EHMM Course

Upcoming "EHMM Night School"

September 11 – November 20, 2024
Wednesdays from 6:00 - 9:00 PM EDT/EST

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The Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM) course was created for the specific educational needs of environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) professionals. The course helps those new to the profession quickly build a solid foundation for their career in EHS&S while serving more seasoned professionals as a comprehensive refresher course that can also bring them up to speed on new areas that may have been added to their job responsibilities.

The EHMM course is also a great tool to prepare for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager® (CHMM®) designation examination.


  1. The statutory and regulatory framework of environmental and hazardous materials management.
  2. Compliance standards and state-of-the-art work practices on: Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal, Hazardous materials storage, Radioactive material, Workplace safety, Packaging, Spills, Cleanup, Hazards assessment and communication
  3. Basic and applied hazardous materials management principles, controls, and concepts
  4. Science and technology of hazardous materials management
  5. Chemical and physical characteristics
  6. Sampling and analysis
  7. Biological effects of hazardous materials
  8. Toxicology
  9. Geology/hydrology


  1. Identification and management of hazardous materials
  2. Impact on and protection of human health and the environment
  3. Releases of hazardous materials to land, air, water, and groundwater
  4. Environmental restoration following contamination with hazardous materials
  5. Compliance with laws (environmental regulation for specific purposes)
  6. Multimedia application of environmental management that are central features of hazardous materials management topics covered in the certification examination


Participants taking the course will receive an extensive course manual and the AHMP Hazardous Materials Management Desk Reference, where specified. These materials will assist participants in preparing for the CHMM® national examination to help them perform their job duties and responsibilities.


Experienced individuals such as technicians, engineers, scientists, facility supervisors and managers, and or regulators, who have assigned duties or responsibilities related to management of hazardous materials and environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues.


While targeted for experienced professionals and technicians, there are no prerequisites for taking this training course.


IHMM applies these eligibility requirements (link is external) during its review of applicants who desire to take the examination: All candidates for CHMM certification must have a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, and pass a professional multiple-choice examination developed and administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Eligibility to sit for the exam, and the level of certification, are determined by the candidate's education and experience. All successful candidates must sign a Code of Ethics before certification.


The deadline for in-person course registration depends on the course sponsor. Contact the specific course sponsor for further information and to request the registration form.

Important: If a sufficient number of course registrations are not received by the application deadline, the course is subject to rescheduling or cancellation.

Details vary by location and sponsor. Interested parties should contact the overview course sponsor in their region or call the national AHMP office for further assistance. See the EHMM course schedule for a list of upcoming courses and sponsor contacts.

Please be advised that IHMM charges all individuals an annual certification maintenance fee upon successfully passing the examination.


The EHMM course meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Units (CEU). Contact the course sponsor for additional information regarding contact hours and CEUs. Continuing Education Credits—Some EHMM courses provide CEUs. (See the particular course sponsor for details.)


All candidates for the examination must file an application with IHMM. For full details on eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and fees, and to obtain an exam application form, please contact:

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
PO Box 6849, New Albany, IN 47151
Phone: (219) 258-3348

IHMM’s CHMM® program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Board (CESB), an independent, voluntary organization that recognizes, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields. This course provides instruction on laws and regulations as well as technologies and practices in an overview fashion that highlights and emphasizes what is important for a hazardous materials manager to know and provides essential information for the hazardous materials manager to better conduct his/her job.