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Training and Certifications

Why become certified?

IAHSS has a proven track record in addressing the complex needs of healthcare security and safety professionals. IAHSS certification is the best means to ensure that you and your staff understand and can implement the important security and safety functions within your healthcare facility on both a daily basis and when the unexpected occurs.

 

IAHSS offers progressive learning and certification programs including Basic, Advanced, Supervisor and Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) as well as a Healthcare Safety Certificate Program

 

 


Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA)

The Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator designation is available to management level healthcare security professionals who meet the qualifying criteria. Once approved, each candidate has twelve months to take the CHPA certification exam.
Study Materials The list of study materials is provided once approved.  There are 4 items that must be purchased separately with an approximate total cost ranging from $200 - 350 USD.
Exam Details The CHPA examination is administered at the IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition or online with a proctor. All testing must be prearranged.
 Proctor Guidelines

Arrangements must be made with an approved proctor to administer the examination. Exam Candidate and CHPA Proctor Guidelines

 

Application Details

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

Recertification Requirements

 

 

 

Recertification Fee

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

 

  • Member:  $150 USD
  • Non-Member $175 USD
Policies  CHPA Certification Policies are reviewed and updated by the Commission on Certification periodically or as needed.

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. 
 CHPA-L

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

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

Training and Certification Exams

Basic

The Basic level of training for healthcare security and safety officers is an introductory program in healthcare security and safety.  Some of the topics included in the Basic Training Manual are an introduction to healthcare security, fundamental security skills, the role of security in healthcare organizations, protective measures, healthcare safety and healthcare emergency management security.

Training Manual

Basic level training is only available via either the USA or Canada version of the printed training manuals listed below. Click on the appropriate link below to purchase a manual.


An eLearning course for the Basic level is NOT yet available, but will be developed in the coming years.

 

Basic Training Manual for Healthcare Security Officers, 6th Edition (USA) 

Basic Training Manual for Healthcare Security Officers, 2nd Edition (Canada)

Training Instructor Guide (.pdf)

The Basic Training Instructor Guide is an electronic .pdf slide presentation that may be used by trainers to aid in the training of candidates seeking the Basic certification through the study of the Basic Training Manual. Click the link below to purchase.

 

Basic Training Manual - Instructor Guide Electronic 6th Edition

Basic Certification

Exam USA

 (based on the 6th Edition manual)

This Basic Certification Exam USA should be taken by candidates who have studied the 6th Edition of the Basic Training Manual for Healthcare Security Officers (USA). The exam is only available online and has 100 multiple choice questions. Candidates have a maximum of 90 minutes to complete it.

A 70% is the minimum score required to pass the exam. If you pass the exam, you will be able to print your certificate with your name, expiration date and unique certification number. If you have not passed your exam, you will be given suggestions on which units to review for the next attempt. This certification is valid for five years from the issue date.

The individual online exam fee is $75 USD

 

Click here to purchase a single online exam with a credit card.

Basic Certification

Exam CANADA

(based on the 2nd Edition manual)

This Basic Certification Exam CANADA should be taken by candidates who have studied the 2nd Edition of the Basic Training Manual for Healthcare Security Officers (CANADA). The exam is only available online and has 100 multiple choice questions. Candidates have a maximum of 90 minutes to complete it.

A 70% is the minimum score required to pass the exam. If you pass the exam, you will be able to print your certificate with your name, expiration date and unique certification number. If you have not passed your exam, you will be given suggestions on which units to review for the next attempt. This certification is valid for five years from the issue date.

The individual online exam fee is $75 USD

 

Click here to purchase a single online exam with a credit card.

Purchase in bulk

(for Training Coordinators / Facilitators)

  • To purchase multiple exams by credit card, you must login as the Training Coordinator for your organization via the IAHSS Academy website. If you need to create a new Training Coordinator account, contact IAHSS Headquarters. Purchasing via credit card will allow you to access and assign exam credits immediately.
  • You may also purchase multiple exams via check or purchase order. Contact IAHSS HQ if you need assistance. Allow up to 5 business days after payment is received to access and assign the exam credits online.
Advanced
The Advanced level of training and certification builds upon the knowledge gained in the Basic level to more advanced topics. The course addresses a more advanced level of security responsibilities in healthcare organizations including: making security and safety decisions, communicating effectively throughout the organizations, and defining and clarifying security’s role within your healthcare organization.
 The NEW Advanced training and certification program
eLearning Course v.1.0 NEW IN 2018! IAHSS now offers an Advanced level eLearning course (copyright 2018). Click here to learn more about how the IAHSS eLearning courses were developed and the benefits of eLearning.

The IAHSS Advanced level eLearning course consists of 5 modules with several topics within each module. On average, the course takes 7-8 hours to complete, but may take up to 10 hours or more, depending on the student. You can start and stop the course at your own convenience with 24/7 access to your online training.

The eLearning course fee for a single participant is $70 USD. If an eLearning course and exam are purchased as a bundle, the total cost is $130 USD.

The course expires 1 year from the date of purchase, whether purchased individually or in a bundle.

To access an eLearning course that has already been purchased, login to your IAHSS Academy account here.
Advanced Certification Exam
(based on Advanced eLearning course version 1.0)

A new Advanced certification exam was developed to test comprehension of the Advanced level eLearning course. The exam is only available online and has 50 multiple choice questions. Candidates have a maximum of 45 minutes to complete it. Once the exam has started, you must complete it. If you exit the exam at any time, the exam will be scored. Another exam will need to be purchased in order to take it again.

A 70% is the minimum score required to pass the exam. If you pass the exam, you will be able to print your certificate with your name, expiration date and unique certification number. If you have not passed your exam, you will be given suggestions on which units to review for the next attempt. This certification is valid for five years from the issue date.

The individual online exam fee is $75 USD. If an eLearning course and exam are purchased as a bundle, the total cost is $130 USD.

The exam expires 60 days from the date of purchase when purchased individually. When purchased as a bundle, the course and exam both expire 1 year from the date of purchase.

 

To take a certification exam that has already been purchased or assigned to you, login to your IAHSS Academy account here. The exam MUST be completed in one sitting. If you exit the exam at any time, the exam will be scored.

Purchasing Options
  1. CREDIT CARD:  Click here to purchase an Advanced eLearning course and/or exam online via credit card.
    • Individual users will need to login or create a new account with purchase.
    • Training Coordinators for an organization can purchase eLearning courses and online exams in bulk and distribute credits to employees.
  2. CHECK / PO:  To purchase eLearning courses and/or online exams by check or purchase order, send order details and payment to the IAHSS Headquarters. Allow up to 5 business days after payment is received to access and assign the eLearning course and/or exam credits online.
 The OLD Advanced training and certification program
Training Manual

The printed Advanced Training Manual for Healthcare Security Personnel, 4th Edition will no longer be published, and the current edition will only be available while supplies last. The training manual has been replaced by the eLearning course listed above.

Training Instructor Guide (.pdf) 

The Advanced Training Instructor Guide is an electronic .pdf slide presentation that may be used by trainers to aid in the training of candidates seeking the Advanced certification through the study of the Advanced Training Manual. Click the link below to purchase. This product will not be available after December 31, 2018.

 

Advanced Training Manual - Instructor Presentation CD, 4th Edition

Advanced Certification Exam (based on 4th Edition manual)

The exam details and purchasing options are the same as listed above.

Be sure to select the correct exam that corresponds to the training material studied!

This version of the Advanced exam will not be offered after March 31, 2019.

 

Supervisor
The Supervisor level of training and certification builds upon the knowledge gained in both the Basic and Advanced programs and is intended for healthcare security professionals with some level of supervisory responsibilities. The course addresses supervisor level security responsibilities in healthcare organizations including: establishing policies, processes and procedures; selecting and managing employees; mitigating risks; managing security events; and making informed decisions.
 The NEW Supervisor training and certification program
 eLearning Course v.1.0 The Supervisor eLearning course will be available later in 2018! Click here to learn more about how the IAHSS eLearning courses were developed and the benefits of eLearning. 

The IAHSS Supervisor level eLearning course (copyright 2018) consists of 5 modules with several topics within each module. On average, the course takes 7-8 hours to complete, but may take up to 10 hours or more, depending on the student. You can start and stop the course at your own convenience with 24/7 access to your online training.

The eLearning course fee for a single participant is $70 USD. If an eLearning course and exam are purchased as a bundle, the total cost is $130 USD. 

The course expires 1 year from the date of purchase, whether purchased individually or in a bundle.

To access an eLearning course that has already been purchased, login to your IAHSS Academy account here.
Supervisor Certification Exam
(based on Supervisor eLearning course version 1.0)

A new Supervisor certification exam is being developed to test comprehension of the Supervisor level eLearning course. The exam is only available online and has 50 multiple choice questions. Candidates have a maximum of 45 minutes to complete it. Once the exam has started, you must complete it. If you exit the exam at any time, the exam will be scored. Another exam will need to be purchased in order to take it again.

A 70% is the minimum score required to pass the exam. If you pass the exam, you will be able to print your certificate with your name, expiration date and unique certification number. If you have not passed your exam, you will be given suggestions on which units to review for the next attempt. This certification is valid for five years from the issue date.

The individual online exam fee is $75 USD. If an eLearning course and exam are purchased as a bundle, the total cost is $130 USD. 

The exam expires 60 days from the date of purchase when purchased individually. When purchased as a bundle, the course and exam both expire 1 year from the date of purchase.

 

To take a certification exam that has already been purchased or assigned to you, login to your IAHSS Academy account here. The exam MUST be completed in one sitting. If you exit the exam at any time, the exam will be scored.

 Purchasing options
  1. CREDIT CARD:  Click here to purchase a Supervisor certification exam online.  eLearning courses will be available for purchase later in 2018.  
    • Individual users will need to login or create a new account with purchase.
    • Training Coordinators for an organization can purchase eLearning courses and online exams in bulk and distribute credits to employees.
  2. CHECK / PO:  To purchase certification exams by check or purchase order, send order details and payment to the IAHSS Headquarters.  Allow up to 5 business days after payment is received to access to the exam credits.
 The EXISTING Supervisor training and certification exam
Training Manual The printed Supervisor Training Manual for Healthcare Security Personnel, 3rd Edition will no longer be published, and the current edition will only be available while supplies last. The training manual will be replaced by the eLearning course later this year.
Instructor Presentation (.pdf)

The Supervisor Training Instructor Guide is an electronic .pdf slide presentation that may be used by trainers to aid in the training of candidates seeking the Supervisor certification through the study of the Supervisor Training Manual. Click the link above to purchase. This product will not be available after December 31, 2018.

 

Supervisor Training Manual - Instructor Presentation CD, 3rd Edition

Supervisor Certification exam (based on the 3rd Edition manual) The exam details and purchasing options are the same as listed above.

Be sure to select the correct exam that corresponds to the training material studied!

This version of the Supervisor exam will not be offered after June 30, 2019.

Healthcare Safety Certificate Program

Qualifications: The Healthcare Safety Certificate Program is an introductory program designed to provide individuals with the basics for healthcare safety. The study pdf provides information including the fundamentals of healthcare safety, patient safety, fire safety, hazardous materials, physical hazards and emergency management.
Study Materials: Healthcare Professional Safety Certificate Program
Exam Details: Online Only
Exam Cost: $45 USD
Certificate Requirements: This is a one time certificate of completion program, not a certification.
Special Accomodations
Candidates requiring special accommodations for testing, please click here to access the required documentation.

 

 

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