National Credential
Credential: Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM)

The Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) is a certification that recognizes individuals who demonstrate knowledge of health and safety management skills and techniques through examination and experience. In addition to technical knowledge of occupational safety and health, a successful safety and health manager must possess working knowledge of a broad range of business and financial principles and an understanding of related issues such as hazard analyses, accident investigations, safety audits and surveys, workers' compensation, product safety, environmental laws, quality, and labor relations. The Certified Safety and Health Manager program is designed to provide recognition of those who can apply a broad range of safety and health management tools. Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree plus five qualifying years of work experience. Graduates of Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) approved safety and health degree programs must have a minimum of two years qualifying experience.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)

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 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI some          

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)

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: 5 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM)
4841 E County #14 St.
Yuma, AZ  85365
Phone: (877) 201-4053
Email: manager@ishm.org

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)

Option 1: Candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in any field plus five qualifying years of work experience.

Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree in a Safety Related Field are required to have 4 years of qualifying experience.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree from an ISHM approved institution or an ABET-accredited EHS program are required to have two years of qualifying experience.

Option 2: Candidates must hold current ASHM designation and have two years of qualifying experience.

Option 3: Candidate must hold a current CIH, CHMM, CRSP, CPEA, or CPSA credential.

Option 4: Candidate must hold a current GSP or ASP from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals plus 3 years of qualifying experience.

A full list of education and experience criteria can be found on the ISHM website.

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)

  • General and Business Management (20%)
  • Management Methods and Systems (38%)
  • Safety, Health and Environment Applications (11%)
  • Risk Identification, Management and Control (31%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) 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 Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

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

For more information on the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificate holders must earn 30 Continuance of Certification points over 5 years to maintain certification.