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CHPA Candidate Handbook



The purpose of the CHPA certification program is to internationally offer IAHSS' highest level of certification intended for healthcare security professionals with management responsibilities. The mark of "CHPA" is awarded to candidates who meet the qualifying criteria and pass a comprehensive certification examination. It affirms the competency these practitioners have demonstrated in the field of healthcare security. 


Eligibility Requirements & Application

Complete the CHPA application outlining the ten required credits accumulated from the four categories of: Education, Experience, Membership and Specialized Training. 


Application Fee

The fee is non-refundable & includes the cost of the CHPA exam. 

  • Members: $450 USD
  • Non-members: $525 USD

Exam Details

The CHPA exam is administered at the IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition or with an approved proctor on your own device with lockdown browser software installed. All testing must be prearranged.


CHPA exam v.19 consists of 200 scored and 20 unscored multiple choice items. IAHSS allows 3 hours (180 minutes) total testing time for the exam. The minimum passing score is 75%. The exam was developed following a multi-phase process. In the first phase, subject matter experts collaborated to define the expectations (knowledge and skills) that would be required of someone who holds the CHPA. These expectations were sent out to the industry for review and input, and the final set of expectations (refer to Exam content outline below)] was developed incorporating the input from the broader profession. To measure these knowledge and skills, the test content was created by subject matter experts following best practices in item development. These items were then piloted to determine how well they were measuring targeted knowledge and skills. Finally, subject matter experts set the expectation for passing the exam (i.e., the passing standard) by reviewing the test content, the expectations for an entry level CHPA, and the performance of the pilot test candidates.


Candidates will receive results of either Pass or Fail upon completion, and will receive follow up written communication from IAHSS. Failing candidates will be provided additional information about their performance by Content Area, specifically, a percent correct score in each content area. This information is provided to better help you understand your performance on the CHPA exam but not intended to guide or limit your future exam preparation. As you prepare for re-exam, please consider the full breadth of expectations contained in the exam content outline (refer to Exam content outline below). 


Number of Exams Taken % Pass Number of CHPA's
2016 45 84% 315
2017 54 81% 358
2018 59 81% 364



CHPA Certification Policies are reviewed and updated by the Commission on Certification periodically or as needed. 



Preparing to take the CHPA exam





A CHPA must renew every three years by completing a CHPA recertification application documenting fifteen credits earned during the recertification period. 


Recertification Fee

  • Member: $150 USD
  • Non-member $175 USD


Distinguished CHPA 


The status of Distinguished CHPA is granted to healthcare security professionals who have maintained an active CHPA certification consistently for 18 or more years. 



The Commission on Certification discontinued the CHPA-L program in 2016. Learn more here.



The CHPA Fellow Program (CHPA-F) was discontinued in 2010. Learn more here.

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