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Are Hazmat Certifications Worth It?

Posted on 4/20/2018 by Roger Marks


Like professionals in many industries, dangerous goods pros can earn industry-specific certifications that demonstrate subject matter expertise and commitment to hazardous materials safety. While these certifications are not required to ship, manage, or transport hazardous materials, professionals earn and maintain them for many reasons. 

Hazmat certifications—like the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certifications administered by IHMM—can require a major time commitment on your part to earn and maintain. So, are they worth it?

Here are some reasons for why professionals make the commitment to earn the title Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP):

Boost your earning potential 

A hazmat industry salary survey showed that annual base pay for professionals who hold an IHMM credential is 20% higher than for those who don’t—or about $100,000.  

For professionals with five or more years of experience, the difference is even more pronounced.

Showcase your DG expertise and experience

Not just anyone can earn the CDGP certification—only professionals with at least five years of dangerous goods experience may apply. A CDGP certification shows that you’ve got the global dangerous goods skills you need and the experience to back it up.

Earn respect and recognition

The right certification shows that you are still learning and growing as a hazardous materials professional, keeping your skills and knowledge sharp. Holding the title Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) means staying up-to-date with the latest international dangeorus goods transport standards. Your mastery of dangerous goods shipping keeps your organization competitive and in compliance. 

Gain a competitive edge in the job market

Companies want compliance managers who can hit the ground running on day one—mistakes are simply too costly. A CDGP certification shows that you are ready to step up and make a difference right away.

When you decide to take on a new challenge, your CDGP certification will bolster your resume and put you in the driver’s seat of your next career move.
For employers, a hazmat certification is valuable because of what it represents: That you have reliable expertise in the field, that you’re still growing and learning as a professional, and that you can use your knowledge and skills to benefit the organization. 

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