National Credential
Credential: Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)
Credentialing Agency: International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM)

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM), Certified Hazard Control Manager - Security (CHCM-SEC) certification focuses on the importance of using leadership and management principles to control hazards, prevent accidents, and improve organizational performance. The CHCM-SEC certification is for candidates that work in private security positions with safety and hazard control responsibilities. Candidates can qualify for the CHCM-SEC certification on a professional or an associate level. Professional level candidates must have eight (8) years of education and experience combined with at least three (3) years of relevant experience; or the candidate must hold a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline and provide documentation for at least two (2) years of relevant experience. Associate level candidates must document four years of education and experience combined with at least one year of relevant experience. Candidates are required to take and pass a written examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS other          
Enlisted 13F Joint Fire Support Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 19D Cavalry Scout MOS other          
Enlisted 19K M1 Armor Crewman MOS other          
Enlisted 6Q Additional Duty Safety NCO ASI some          
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 88M Motor Transport Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88U Railway Operations Crewmember (RC) MOS some          
Enlisted 89D Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI other          
Warrant Officer 740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM)
173 Tucker Road
Suite 101
Helena, AL  35080
Phone: (205) 664-8412
Fax: (205) 663-9541
Email: Iinfo@ibfcsm.org

Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)

Professional Level:

  • Candidates must have any combination of relevant experience and college education to equal eight (8) years. Candidate must document at least three (3) years of relevant experience. Each 30 semester hours of college credit earned can be substituted for one year of experience for a maximum of three years.

                                 OR

  • Candidate must have a  Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline and provide documentation for at least two (2) years of relevant experience.

Associate Level:

  • Candidates must have at least four (4) years of relevant experience and education combined with at least one (1) year of verifiable experience unless candidate has a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline.


Note: Associate level members may upgrade to the professional level when meeting published requirements. Associate level members are not required to re-take the examination to upgrade. Those desiring to upgrade must send written request to the Board and pay the current upgrade fee.

Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)

  • Management/Leadership Concepts (30%)
    • Accident prevention
    • Accident prevention models
    • Accidents & human errors
    • Analyzing complex systems
    • Communication & coordination
    • Emergency procedures
    • Employee safety challenges
    • Human factors
    • Individual safety involvement
    • Information security
    • Investing in safety
    • Operational safety issues
    • Operational safety management
    • Organizational change
    • Organizational culture & climate
    • Organizational safety involvement
    • Organizational structures
    • Performance improvement
    • Policies & procedures
    • Proactive safety
    • Product hazard evaluations
    • Risk management
    • Safety decisions
    • Safety design
    • Safety duties
    • Safety education
    • Safety hazard priorities
    • Safety inspections
    • Safety leadership
    • Safety priorities
    • Safety management skills
    • Safety policies, procedures, and directives
    • Safety related costs & benefits
    • Safety responsibilities
    • Safety training
    • Supervising safety
    • System safety methodologies
    • Training & educational methods
    • Understanding accidents
  • Hazard Control Principles (39%)
    • Accident factors
    • Accident analysis
    • Accident analysis and evaluation
    • Accident causal factor analysis
    • Accident causes
    • Accident prevention principles
    • Accident prevention priorities
    • Chemical hazards
    • Controlling hazards
    • Crime risks
    • Critical process safety
    • Design safety
    • Executive security
    • Facility risks
    • Facility safety
    • Fire risks
    • Fire safety
    • Hazard analysis
    • Hazard analysis tools
    • Hazard control concepts
    • Hazard control effectiveness
    • Hazard control management
    • Hazard control methods
    • Hazard control responsibilities
    • Hazard control situations
    • Hazard analysis
    • Hazard evaluation
    • Hazard identification
    • Hazardous materials safety
    • Human factors safety
    • Identifying hazards & unsafe actions
    • Improving safe job performance
    • Improving safety functions
    • Indoor contaminants
    • Intelligence security
    • Job safety analysis
    • Occupational safety hazard
    • Safety & emergency management
    • Operational hazard analysis
    • Operational security
    • Private security
    • Product safety management
    • Protecting organizational assets
    • Reducing workplace hazardous exposures
    • Safety challenges
    • Safety effectiveness
    • Safety evaluation
    • Safety management
    • Safety warnings, signs, & tags
    • Security concepts & principles
    • Security legislation
    • Security management
    • Security officers
    • Security risks
    • System safety
    • Transportation safety
  • Compliance/Standards (31%)
    • Building & fire codes
    • Codes & standards
    • Compliance standards
    • Controlling known hazards
    • Disaster management
    • Emergency response
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Evaluating hazard severity
    • Facility hazards
    • Federal agencies
    • Federal agency requirements
    • Federal agency responsibilities
    • Fire & chemical safety
    • Fire and life safety issues
    • Fire safety prevention
    • Fire safety control
    • Fire safety codes & standards
    • Fire safety evaluations
    • Fire safety standards
    • Hazard controls
    • Hazard evaluation standards
    • Hazard identification & communication
    • Hazard substance standards
    • Hazardous materials
    • Hazardous substance evaluation
    • Hazardous waste standards
    • Ionizing & non-ionizing radiation
    • OSHA compliance
    • Major OSHA standard
    • Medical emergencies
    • Occupational injuries & illnesses
    • Occupational physical hazards
    • Occupational safety
    • OSHA standard compliance
    • Personal protective clothing
    • Safe storage practices
    • Safety warnings
    • Transportation safety risks
    • Voluntary safety standards
    • Consensus standards
    • Voluntary standards
    • Standard issuing organizations
    • Workplace physical

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by TesTrac. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the TesTrac website:

For more information on the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHCM-SEC certification is renewable every five years requiring completion and documentation of a total of 50 CEUs or 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually. Certification holders must also submit evidence of 1,500 hours of professional practice in the scope or field of certification annually, or 7,500 hours every five years. A recertification fee must also be paid. 

    Additional information on CHCM-SEC recertification may be found on the agency website.