Finger Lakes Chapter of the ACHMM – FLACHMM

FLACHMM offers educational opportunities to hazardous materials managers, engineers, and government agencies, throughout the Greater Rochester Area in New York.


CHMM / CHMP Exam Preparation Course

While anyone who would like to increase their knowledge in hazardous materials management is welcome to attend, the course is primarily to prepare those who intend to take the CHMM or CHMP Exam. Your education and/or experience will determine your eligibility to sit for the exam.

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 rely on self-study materials to prepare for taking the examination. IHMM does not require any specific type of exam preparation or training and the exams are not based on any single reference. Qualification requirements are identified at the IHMM website under Applicants.   For additional information and requirements, please consult the IHMM website.

Over 15,000 professionals have been certified by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMMs) and Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioners (CHMPs) work in environmental protection, public health, homeland security, transportation, safety, and related fields. Corporations, universities, and government agencies depend on the CHMM and CHMP certifications to identify individuals qualified to properly identify and handle hazardous and/or potentially hazardous materials.

The body of knowledge needed to successfully pass rigorous CHMM & CHMP examinations will be covered in this 3-day overview course. The first two days will emphasize CHMM / CHMP “Practitioner” topics and the third day will emphasize CHMM “Manager” topics. Applicants for the CHMM credential should attend all three days.  Each student will receive a Student Workbook (containing practice exam and study guide worksheets). Course instructors will lead students through each section of the student workbook. Course will cover laws & regulations, science & technology, management principals and practical applications pertaining to body of knowledge required to practice as a hazardous materials professional.

Significant portions of the course include case histories and review of basic science skills.

Day 1 – CHMP / CHMM “Practitioner / Manager” Topics

  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials Management
  • Basic Hazardous Materials Science
  • Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
  • Sampling & Analysis of Hazardous Materials
  • Identification & Handling of Hazardous Materials
  • Shipment of Hazardous Materials
  • Management of Emergencies & Incident
  • Site Investigation/Groundwater Hydrology

Day 2 – CHMP / CHMM “Practitioner / Manager” Topics

  • Environmental Remediation & Treatment Technology Selection Guidelines
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Overview of Environmental Laws & Regulations
  • HazMat Program & Project Management
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Day 3 – CHMM “Manager” Topics

  • Recognize, Identify & Characterize Hazards of Materials
  • Assess Risks Related to Hazardous Materials
  • Mitigate and/or Eliminate Hazards of Materials
  • Manage Impacts of Hazardous Materials on the Environment
  • Manage Impacts of Hazardous Materials on Human Health

General Management of Hazardous Materials & Business Skills

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Enrollment Options

The CHMM examination is offered during the last two weeks of odd-numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, and November), and the CHMP examination is offered during the last two weeks of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) via computer-based testing (CBT) at almost 300 locations throughout the US and Canada. Information on registration for the exam is provided when a candidate's eligibility has been approved.


For more information on the Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Overview Course, please don’t hesitate to contact FLACHMM today.

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PO Box 93174, Rochester NY 14692