Prepare for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) exam with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® online review course. Our online classroom allows you to interact live in real time with your instructor and other participants as you prepare for the certification exam administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). Live lectures are presented twice a week for 8 weeks and can be attended from the comfort of your home or workplace. Lectures are also recorded for those who prefer to study at their own pace or want to review the material more than once.  

Access to course materials is provided for 1 year from the course start date through the Bowen EHS® Member Center.

Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

'Twas the night before the exam, and all through his home,
The only creature stirring was the IH reading his tome.
His TLV® book was spread open wide,
and he was bent over a calculator trying to decide...
"What was that equation for radiation activity decay?
I do hope they won't ask that question today!"

I recently attended my nephew's wedding and it started me thinking about disasters. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think getting married is a disaster for my nephew and his bride. It's a good thing and I'm sure they'll be very happy. Just thinking of the complexity of planning and executing the event, however, started the wheels of my crazy safety professional mind turning. There are striking similarities between planning for any major event, such as a wedding, and planning for a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incident response.

Think about it. The wedding planner acts as the incident commander, coordinating many different "agencies": the bride's family, groom's family, the caterer, guests with special diet needs (can you say gluten free?), the photographer, the spiritual leader, etc., each of whom have their own specific needs and concerns. Groomsmen need to rent tuxedos and bridesmaids have coordinated dresses made. The success of the ceremony and ensuing celebration rises or falls based on the organizational abilities and communications skills of the planner.

Similarly, hazardous materials incident commanders coordinate local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement, rescue personnel, emergency medical personnel and public health personnel, and the list continues depending on the size of the event. There is personal protective equipment to consider and mitigation of unexpected events. One key to successful mitigation of a hazardous materials incident is a clear line of authority and proper communication among all agencies. Pre-planning is vital to the successful mitigation of HAZMAT incidents, just as it is in a successful wedding celebration.

Weddings, of course, have two major advantages over HAZMAT incidents: 1 - the date and time of a wedding are determined in advance, and; 2 - the risk of serious injury or loss of property is almost negligible.  Both the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) exams have questions on dealing with the incident command system and dealing with hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incidents. There are two great resources to study when learning the basics of the HAZMAT Incident Command System (ICS). The first resource is the classic "Occupational Safety and Health Guidance Manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities", also known as the four agency manual as it was written by four agencies of the U.S. Government. You can download this manual from OSHA here:  While it was originally written in 1985, much of the information is relevant today. The only chapter that is clearly out of date is the chapter on air monitoring instrumentation. Significant progress has been made in air monitoring technology since 1985. The other great resource is the Incident Command Resource Center created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This website is located at

While I played a very minor role in the wedding, I truly enjoyed being part of the process. My role was clear and I did it well. It was a joy to see the happy couple start their new life together. After the bride and groom kissed at the end of the ceremony, we all had loads of fun dining and dancing at the celebration. There were no casualties or property damage and everyone went home happy. It was the perfect conclusion to a major event and the end result of effective planning.

Sometimes a potential client will ask, "so, what makes Bowen's training better than anyone else's? What's so different about you?"

Well, the answer is quite simply that we provide the greatest health and safety exam prep in the universe!


Now, of course, I am admittedly somewhat biased in my assessment.

However, here's the short List of why I believe we are the best.


  1. Our #1 Goal: to help our clients pass their certification exams. We only succeed if you do. This is no part-time job or volunteer outlet for us. This is our commitment to you.
  2. Our interactive member center is chock-full of resources to help you study. Clients receive a year-long membership that includes practice quizzes, study questions, podcasts, subject specific forums and the ability to prepare with over 500 health and safety professionals. What you may not know is that we hold frequent online hour-long study sessions, during which premium members can ask live instructors for help on the topic(s) of their choice. It's a little like the open office hours your professors held in college.
  3. Our guarantee is a real guarantee. In the event that you need to take your exam again, you can repeat the online review at no cost. (The exam must be taken within one year of your course start date (workshop or online review).
  4. We know learning at workshops can be a little like drinking from a fire hose. We get it. That's why our workshop participants have access to lecture recordings and homework for one year from the start of their course. We don't believe in sending you off on your own after the workshop is over.
  5. We're small but committed. We have five full time employees dedicated to giving you the tools you need to succeed. We take your success personally. We understand balance and the demands of a life outside of work. So while our offices aren't open 24/7, we do pride ourselves on responding quickly and efficiently during normal business hours, and checking our email at least once daily during non-business days.
  6. All of our instructors are certified. They have been in your shoes, sat in that uncomfortable chair for hours and sweated through the exams. Some passed the first time, some didn't. They know what it takes to be successful, and have designed our courses to give you the structure and the foundation you need to pass.
  7. Our instructors update the materials after each course to improve the educational experience. We always incorporate feedback from our clients to make sure we're on target. We are continually looking for ways to improve our training.
  8. Learning with us earns you college credit. Our courses are approved for CEUs through the University of Iowa Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
  9. We work just as hard to help our Premium Members as we do to support our course enrollees. Whether you've invested $99.95 or $1,595.00, you can be sure that we will be here to help you pass your exam.
  10. While we're probably not the smartest health and safety professionals in the universe, we do have a proven track record of successfully teaching health and safety professionals throughout the world (our clients have worked on all 7 continents), and we're looking for opportunities to help our Martian friends as well.

We have competitors that are able to meet a few of the items listed above, but there is no other organization providing the same high-quality package for exam prep as Bowen EHS, Inc. I guarantee it!

Some of our most popular and powerful exam resources are our Exam Logistics forums. In them, clients like yourselves post their impressions of the exams, including study tips and what to expect when you arrive at a test center. We encourage the use of these forums, because the shared contributions of all of us can help individuals who are studying by themselves feel less alone. We at Bowen strive to create a community of like-minded professionals seeking the same goals. However, even communities have rules, and one of ours is definitely non-negotiable: confidential exam details must not be posted. Here's why it's so important.

In order to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a candidate must complete the following steps:

  1. Meet a minimum number of years of professional experience
  2. Meet a minimum educational requirement
  3. Submit letters of recommendation written by people familiar with the person's work
  4. Pass a comprehensive exam

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to ensure the candidate possesses basic knowledge and skills in all topics related to the profession. It is not practical to fully evaluate the depth of knowledge in each topic, but it provides a sampling of fundamental comprehension and abilities.  It is absolutely essential that the exam content remains confidential. If people know exactly what is on the test, the test will no longer serve as an evaluation of basic knowledge. It will instead test the candidate's ability to memorize specific answers and study specific topics.

We at Bowen EHS, Inc. are committed to helping other professionals prepare for and pass their certification exam. However, we must be very careful and never forget the purpose of the exam. There are negative consequences if we allow our courses and our member center to become a conduit for our clientele to give away detailed exam information. The least negative consequence is that the certification boards will have to work harder to continually update their exam materials. The most negative consequence would be the overall lowering of the exam integrity and ultimately the degrading of the certification itself.

We, at Bowen EHS, Inc. have a responsibility to protect the integrity of the certification exams. One way we do so is by monitoring posts in our Member Center and avoid publicly publishing materials that give overly detailed information regarding the exam. I don't believe there is a definitive line between providing exam tips in the interest of helping others and giving away the exam. There is much fuzziness.

I encourage all of our members to help each other, but I also encourage members to remember the importance of protecting the integrity of the exams.

The price for all live online review courses will increase by $50.00 on July 1, 2013. To receive the current pricing, please register and pay before this date. 

For a list of all upcoming courses, see our calendar page. 

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Now Available! CHMM Exam Practice Problems Workbooks. We have put together two volumes of CHMM exam practice questions to help you prepare for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager certification exam. Both volumes are comprised of 50 questions originally emailed from our free study question program. Solutions to all questions are provided as well.  eWorkbooks will be available in the near future.  As always, we are committed to your success!

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Available now!  CHMM Exam Practice Problems Workbooks.  We have put together two volumes of CHMM exam practice questions to help you prepare for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager certification exam.  Both volumes are comprised of 50 questions originally emailed from our free study question program.  Solutions to all questions are provided as well.
Visit the Bowen Learning Network Bookstore.

This book pretty much covers the whole breadth of the hazardous materials business. Combine this with your practical experience and you'll have a handle on practically everything you need to know.  Published by The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984, has been protecting the environment and the public’s health, safety, and security through the administration of credentials recognizing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise, and excellence in the management of hazardous materials.

Over 15,000 homeland security, environmental protection, engineering, health sciences, transportation, and public safety professionals have earned IHMM’s accredited Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credential.


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All memberships to the Bowen EHS®Member Center are value packed with many resources and activities to help your studies or bolster your professional knowledge.

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