Last week, we looked at the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) designation and what an individual must do to achieve and retain it. This week, we'll review another program offered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management: the Hazardous Materials Manager-in-Training Program (HMMT).
What is an HMMT?
The HMMT program is not a certified level, but an in-training designation aimed at introducing professionals to the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). Valid for five years, the HMMT gives applicants the opportunity to take the science and technology portion of the CHMM exam. It also gives them opportunities to network with other professionals.
The HMMT candidate must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in hazardous materials management or a related discipline. Undergraduate students may sit for the exam during the final semester of their senior year; however, the designation will not be awarded until the baccalaureate degree is received and verified by official transcript;
- Have less than three years of qualifying experience; and
- Pass an examination focusing on the scientific principles involved in hazardous materials management.
How Much It Costs
The application fee for the HMMT is $50. Once the application has been approved the examination costs $120. The windows for testing are during the last two weeks of odd-numbered months.
Maintaining the Designation
Once they earn the designation, HMMTs must pay an annual certification fee of $25 to maintain it. During the five years that an HMMT designation is valid, the HMMT is expected to become qualified for the CHMM certification.
The HMMT is a stepping stone to CHMM certification. Next week, we'll conclude the series with a look at a new program offered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management: the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner.
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
Checking Your Disaster Supply Kit
By Fedoska Mamchur
How long has it been since you put your family's disaster supply kit together? When was the last time you checked the kit? Use the following checklist to maintain your kit and don't forget to check the kit in your car as well.
- Do you have enough? Allow for a three day supply for each person in your household. At the least, store one gallon per person per day.
- Replace your bottled water every 6 months.
- Inspect for spoilage.
- Check expiration dates.
- Place new items at the back of the kit. Move older items to the front.
- Mark any replacement items with the date. This way you will know when they were placed in the kit.
First aid kit
- Make sure everything is still there. Replace any items that were used over the year.
Tools and other items
- Check the expiration date on the following items and replace any that are out of date:
- Fire extinguisher,
- Light sticks,
- Get an updated map of your area.
- Check the change of clothing; will they still fit your family members? If not, replace them.
- Make sure family documents are current.