About the Chicago Chapter

Argonne National Laboratory Tour October 2019


The Institute founded the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers in 1985 to foster networking and educational opportunities. Originally the Academy was a part of the Institute, a position which is unusual among professional membership organization and the certification programs they support. In 1995, the Academy incorporated as a separate organization although it remains closely affiliated with the Institute.

The Academy has developed and matured throughout the years. Although in existence since approximately 1985, the first elected president of the organization did not take office until 1989. Pete Cook, for whom our Founders Award is named, was the first elected president of the Academy. Initially a loosely organized group of professionals, the Academy has evolved through infancy, adolescence, and is well on its way to becoming a mature national organization with 56 state chapters and over 6000 members.

Academy Leadership Statements
Approved October, 1999

The Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers envisions a world where the natural environment is unburdened by pollution, workers are exposed only to healthy and safe conditions, and hazardous materials are used and transported safely and efficiently.

The Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers will foster the professional development of hazardous materials managers by offering opportunities for education, facilitating peer group interaction, and establishing the CHMM credential as the standard of excellence in the hazardous materials management profession.


Our mission will be achieved by working with Academy Chapters, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, and other professional organizations to link industry, government and academia, and achieve the Academy vision for the future

Chicago Chapter AHMP Mission Statement