National Credential
Credential: Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)
Credentialing Agency: International Board for Certification of Safety Managers

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) certification is for individuals that work in or support healthcare emergency and disaster efforts. Candidates for the CHEP include emergency directors, safety managers, facility management personnel, nurses, administrative leaders, and other healthcare personnel work and supporting real world issues within the healthcare and public sectors. Candidates can qualify for the CHEP certification on a professional or an associate level. Professional level candidates must have eight (8) years of education and experience combined with at least three (3) years of relevant experience; or the candidate must hold a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline and provide documentation for at least two (2) years of relevant experience. Associate level candidates must document four years of education and experience combined with at least one year of relevant experience. Candidates are required to take and pass a written examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Warrant Officer 740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Board for Certification of Safety Managers
173 Tucker Road
Suite 202
Helena, AL  35080
Phone: (205) 664-8412
Fax: (205) 663-9541
Email: Information@chcm-chsp.org

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

Professional Level:

  • Candidate must have any combination of relevant experience and college education to equal eight (8) years. Candidate must document at least three (3) years of relevant experience. Each 30 semester hours of college credit earned can be substituted for one year of experience for a maximum of three years.

OR

  • Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree or a Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline along with documentation of at least two (2) years of relevant experience.

Associate Level:

  • Candidate must have at least four (4) years of relevant experience and education combined with at least one (1) year of verifiable experience unless candidate has a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in a safety or related discipline.


Note: Associate level members may upgrade to the professional level when meeting published requirements. Associate level members are not required to re-take the examination to upgrade. Those desiring to upgrade must send written request to the Board and pay the current upgrade fee.

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

  • Healthcare Emergency Management (39%)
    • Healthcare Emergency Principles
    • Emergency Management Concepts
  • Healthcare Disaster Preparedness (35%)
    • National Response Framework
    • Disasters, Terrorism, & Resilience
  • Safety & Compliance (26%)
    • Safety Requirements & OSHA
    • Compliance/Voluntary Standards

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by TesTrac. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the TesTrac website:

For more information on the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHEP certification is renewable every five years requiring completion and documentation of a total of 50 CEUs or 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually. Certification holders must also submit evidence of 1,500 hours of professional practice in the scope or field of certification annually, or 7,500 hours every five years. A recertification fee must also be paid. 

    Additional information on CHEP recertification may be found on the agency website.