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In mining, health and safety is a central tenet for everyone. But for some of us it’s more. It’s a passion.

When safety is in your DNA, CMSP should be at the end of your name.

In mining, health and safety is a central tenet for everyone. But for some of us it’s more. It’s a passion.

To be a successful mine safety and health professional, you must possess a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to effectively perform your duties and keep others safe. The Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential indicates to your peers and prospective employers that you have the experience, knowledge of domestic and international best practices and that you are dedicated to elevating safety and health standards on the job.

Am I Qualified to Earn My CMSP Credential?

To become a CMSP, you must:

  • Have 10 years of mining experience, two of which must have been in mine safety/health*
  • Be currently employed in a mining safety/health position*
  • Pass a 100-question exam
  • Pledge to abide by the CMSP Code of Conduct

* Degrees from accredited institutions may be substituted for experience. See the CMSP application or CMSP Candidate Handbook for more information on documentation that must accompany your application.


What Do I Need to Know to Take the CMSP Exam?

The content of the CMSP exam is based on the Body of Knowledge developed by the International Academy of Mine Safety & Health of SME (IAMSH of SME) and other industry subject matter experts. The exam covers both domestic and international best practices. The Body of Knowledge covers five primary domains including:

Fundamental Knowledge of Science 10

Leadership, Organization

Safety, Health & Risk Management 50
Management Systems, Regulations & Assurance 15
Professional Skills, Conduct & Ethics 10

CSMP Exam Fees

Fees to sit for the CMSP exam are as follows:

$650 – SME Member

$950 – SME Nonmember

Important Note: The CMSP exam is not included with the registration fee for the CMSP review course. If you intend to take both the CMSP review course and the exam, you must submit an application and pay an additional exam fee here.

*Payment must be received with your application. If you are not approved to sit for the CMSP exam, you will only be charged a $150 application fee.

CMSP Candidate Handbook

Detailed information on the CMSP program including eligibility requirements, exam content and reference list, fees, policies and more can be found here.

CMSP Code of Conduct

As a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) recognized by the International Academy of Mine Safety & Health of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (IAMSH of SME), I recognize my work has an impact on the protection of people and property.

I shall uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the mine safety and health profession by:

  • Enhancing protection of people and property through leadership and understanding;
  • Providing honest, impartial service to the public, employees, employers and clients;
  • Endeavoring to improve my competence of the mine safety and health profession;
  • Maintaining the highest degree of ethical and professional conduct.

Further, I shall:

  • Advise employers, clients, employees or appropriate authorities when my professional judgment indicates the protection of people or property is unacceptably at risk;
  • Only perform professional services that I am competent to perform;
  • Act in an objective and truthful manner in accordance with the authority bestowed on me;
  • Act in professional matters as a faithful agent or trustee and avoid conflict of interest;
  • Build my professional reputation on merit of service;
  • Act without discrimination regarding religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability;
  • Advance the safety, health and well-being of my community(s) and my profession by sharing my knowledge.

Upcoming Exam Dates

SME Headquarters:
*Held the 2nd Friday of every month

June 14, 2024  |  Englewood, CO
Application deadline: May 14, 2024

July 12, 2024 | Englewood, CO
Application deadline: June 12, 2024

July 23, 2024  |  Pittsburgh, PA
Application deadline: June 23, 2024

Aug. 9, 2024 | Englewood, CO
Application deadline: July 9, 2024

Nov. 8, 2024 | Elko, NV
Application deadline: October 8, 2024

*or save 25% when you take both the November Review Course and Exam here.

Exams take place from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm in the respective time zone.

If you are unable to attend any of the exam dates listed above, please email cmsp@smenet.org to schedule an exam.

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“The value of the CMSP is telling people what you’re standing for. In the mining industry, most if not all of us, have a passion for safety and managing risk. And CMSP, having that credential, is another way of showing people you are serious about that and pursuing those objectives.”

Chris Pecora

Hawcroft Consulting International Group

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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) brings together the mining and mineral industry’s brightest and most dedicated professionals. Over 14,000 global members advance their careers with world-class technical resources, educational programs, networking opportunities, and professional development tools from SME. Our members are focused on sharing best practices on safety, environmental stewardship, and moving mining forward. SME. Inspiring mining professionals worldwide.

SME acquired the CMSP certification as a part of our ongoing commitment to supporting mine safety and health professionals around the world. SME's Health and Safety Division provides global resources for mine safety and health information, professional development, networking and advocacy.

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