National Credential
Credential: Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), Certification in Healthcare Leadership (CHL) is an advanced-level credential for professionals working in the central sterile services medical field. The CHL recognizes professionals who demonstrate management and supervisory skills in central sterile services department units. CHLs are responsible for managing the daily operations of a central sterile services department; these operations and responsibilities include standards and regulation compliance, finance, reporting, staffing, human resource management, and inter- and intra-departmental communications. Candidates for the CHL are required to have a current Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) credential and must pass the CHL exam.

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)

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
Enlisted 68D Operating Room Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. III      
Warrant Officer 670A Health Services Maintenance Technician 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 Leader (CHL)

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: Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
  • Experience
  • 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 Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)
55 West Wacker Drive
Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60601
Phone: (312) 440-0078
Fax: (312) 440-9474
Email: mailbox@iahcsmm.org

Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)

Candidates are required to hold a current Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) credential.

Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)

  • Cleaning, Decontamination, and Disinfection (20%)
    • Safety Standards
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Temperature & Humidity of the Work Environment
    • Preparing Work Area For Decontamination
    • Quality Tests
    • Troubleshooting Cleaning Equipment
    • Disposable Items from Non-Disposable Items
    • Preparing Items for Decontamination
    • Cleaning & Decontaminating Non-Disposable Items
    • Selecting Appropriate Disinfectant
    • Disinfecting Instruments & Equipment
    • Transferring Items to Preparation Area
  • Preparation and Packaging (14%)
    • Temperature and Humidity of the Work Environment
    • Preparing Work Area for Packaging
    • Receiving Items for Preparation
    • Inspecting Items for Cleanliness and Functionality
    • Selecting Items for Assembly
    • Assembling Items for Packaging
    • Packaging Method
    • Labeling Method
    • Transferring Items to Appropriate Area
  • Sterilization Process (20%)
    • Temperature and Humidity of the Work Environment
    • Preparing Work Area for Sterilization
    • Sterilizer Tests
    • Receiving Items for Sterilization
    • Sterilization Method and Cycle
    • Pre-Sterilization Package Integrity
    • Loading Sterilizer
    • Operating and Monitoring Sterilization Equipment
    • Cycle Parameters
    • Unloading Sterilizer
    • Post-Sterilization Package Integrity
    • Test Results
    • Potential Process Failures
    • Transferring Sterilized Items to Storage and Distribution
  • Patient Care Equipment (6%)
    • Temperature and Humidity of the Work Environment
    • Preparing Work Area for Distribution
    • Receiving Items for Preparation
    • Inspecting Equipment for Cleanliness and Functionality
    • Assembling Equipment for Distribution
    • Care and Handling
    • Distributing Equipment
    • Tracking Medical Equipment
  • Sterile Storage and Inventory Management (10%)
    • Temperature and Humidity of the Work Environment
    • Preparing Work Area for Sterile Storage
    • Ordering Inventory
    • Receiving and Inspecting Inventory
    • Stocking and Rotating Inventory
    • Distributing Sterile and Non-Sterile Items
    • Tracking Items Distributed by CSSD
    • Disposing Inventory
  • Documentation and Record Maintenancex (18%)
    • Record Maintenance
    • Temperature, Humidity, and Corrective Action
    • Quality Test Results
    • High Level Disinfection (HLD) Process
    • Employee Incident Reports
  • Customer Relations (12%)
    • Customer Requests
    • Communication
    • Internal and External Teams
    • Facility and Procedures

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL) examination:

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Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders must complete 6 Continuing Education (CE) credits per year focusing on either management-leadership techniques or information and advancements relevant to the CS field and be of a technical nature. Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the Certification Renewal Overview section of the website.