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Certified Mine Safety Professional




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.




Upcoming Events


Exam will be held from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm in the respective time zone.
Once application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent with exam location details.


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

April 12, 2024 | Englewood, CO
Application deadline: March 12, 2024

May 10, 2024 | Englewood, CO
Application deadline: April 10, 2024

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

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


Other Locations:

July 23, 2024 | Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA
Application deadline: July 9, 2024



Eligibility Requirement


To become a CMSP, you must:


  • Have ten (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.



Exam Content & Reference List


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:


  # of exam questions
Fundamental Knowledge of Science 10
Leadership, Organization 15
Safety, Health & Risk Management 50
Management Systems, Regulations & Assurance 15
Professional Skills, Conduct & Ethics 10


Download CMSP Body of Knowledge  Download CMSP Exam References






Fees to sit for the CMSP exam are as follows:

  • $650 - SME Member
  • $950 - SME Nonmember


Submit Payment

The CMSP exam is not included with the CMSP review course. If you intend to take the February CMSP exam at the SME Annual Conference, 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.



Candidate Handbook


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


Candidate Handbook





The CMSP certification was designed in 1991 by a group of mining health and safety professionals who were committed to developing a bond for mine safety practitioners with a focus on education, group learning, and fostering innovation to achieve new and effective safety methods. SME acquired the responsibility for the CMSP credential in 2016. The new CMSP certification expands the accredited Body of Knowledge to include safety and health issues. The program is now administered by IAMSH of SME.




Top Reasons to Become a CMSP

  1. Advance Your Career: Position yourself with a credential focused on your passion as a mine safety and health practitioner.
  2. Enhance Your Knowledge: Make a commitment continuing education and continuous improvement.
  3. Stand Out: Stand out as a leader among your peers.
  4. Share Your Expertise: Help others and share best practices at events exclusively for health and safety practitioners.
  5. Improve Mine Safety & Health: Raise the bar of professionalism by effectively performing your duties and continuing to improve mine safety and health standards.