There are four CSM Grade levels and a typical career ladder:

  • Grade 1 Entry Level
  • Grade 2 Journey
  • Grade 3 Lead
  • Grade 4 Manager

Grade levels go from entry level (Grade 1) to the management level (Grade 4). Grade levels 2, 3, and 4 require a combination of experience and/or education in the vocation to qualify for the test. Since Grade 1 is an entry level test, there are no qualifications and anybody can take the test. However, Grade 1 is designed for a person with about 1 year of experience in the vocation.

GRADE 1
  • No experience required
  • (1 year of experience in the vocation is recommended)
GRADE 2
  • 2 years of experience in the vocation
GRADE 3
  • CSM Grade 2 certification in good standing
  • 4 years of experience in the vocation OR 3 years with a bachelor’s degree or a water/wastewater associates degree
GRADE 4
  • CSM Grade 3 certification in good standing
  • 6 years of experience in the vocation OR 5 years with a bachelor’s degree or a water/wastewater associates degree
  • 1 year experience supervising others in the vocation, crew lead experience qualifies

Candidate Materials

CSM Candidate Handbook
This handbook contains everything you need to know to become CSM certified, including exam content, policies and procedures. Grades 1-4.
CSM Gap Analysis Tool
The Gap Analysis Tool is designed to help candidates identify which grade level is best suited to their current level of experience, and where they may be lacking sufficient experience. Grades 1-4.

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