National Credential
Credential: Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)
Credentialing Agency: International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM)

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM), Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS) credential focuses on the importance of improving and maintaining safety during completion of environmental services task. The CHS-EVS credential is appropriate for individuals who desire to improve their safety knowledge. Candidates can qualify for the CHS-EVS 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 in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)

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 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 6Q Additional Duty Safety NCO ASI other          
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI other          
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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Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)

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 (IBFCSM)
173 Tucker Road
Suite 101
Helena, AL  35080
Phone: (205) 664-8412
Fax: (205) 663-9541
Email: Iinfo@ibfcsm.org

Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)

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 in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)

  • Safety Management (38%)
    • Accident, injury, and illness prevention and accident costing
    • Inspections, audits, surveys, investigations, and root cause analysis
    • Safety policies, safety plans, and reporting procedures
    • Understanding safety cultures
    • Management and leadership concepts/principles
    • Human relations and understanding organizational cultures
    • Accident management
    • Accident prevention
    • Accident reporting
    • Classifying accident factors
    • Cleaning profession
    • Cleaning science
    • Disaster planning
    • Education, orientation, and training
    • Emergency preparedness
    • EVS management
    • EVS roles accident prevention
    • Functions of management
    • Green cleaning solutions
    • Hazard control management
    • Healthcare worker risks
    • Human behaviors
    • Human relations
    • Identifying risks
    • Improving safety
    • Incident collection systems
    • Incident investigations
    • Injury and accident reporting
    • Inspections and audits
    • Job safety analysis
    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Management decisions
    • Motivating people
    • Organizational cultures
    • Orientation
    • Preparing for cleaning tasks
    • Resource management
    • Safety behaviors
    • Safety checklists
    • Safety colors
    • Safety cultures
    • Safety design
    • Safety evaluations
    • Safety information sources
    • Safety leadership
    • Safety management issues
    • Safety methodologies
    • Safety related responsibilities
    • Safety responsibilities
    • Supervising safety
    • System safety
    • Training and education
    • Worker safety responsibilities
  • Hazard Control Concepts (38%)
    • Accident causal factors
    • Accident response
    • Analyzing processes
    • Biohazards
    • Building contaminants
    • Change analysis
    • Chemical exposures
    • Chemical safety
    • Chemical storage and disposal
    • Cleaning agents
    • Disinfectant efficacy
    • Disinfectant selection
    • Disinfecting and sterilizing
    • Disinfecting effectiveness
    • Disinfecting, sterilizing, and sanitizing
    • Electrical hazards
    • Emergency drills and exercises
    • Emergency response
    • Ergonomic hazards
    • Evaluating floor hazards
    • Evaluating hazardous chemicals
    • Facility and building safety
    • Facility evacuations
    • Fire response
    • Fire risk evaluation
    • Fire safety audits
    • Fire safety evaluations
    • Hazard analysis
    • Hazard categories
    • Hazard controls
    • Hazardous human exposures
    • Hazardous wastes
    • Healthcare facility security
    • Healthcare hazards
    • Healthcare work risks
    • Human hazard exposures
    • Indoor air contaminants
    • Indoor health hazards
    • Infection transmission
    • Maintaining healthy buildings
    • Maintenance and facility safety
    • Preventing slips, trips, and falls
    • Safe task accomplishments
    • Selecting cleaning methods
    • Selecting hazard controls
    • Spill response procedures
    • Understanding accidents
    • Ventilation
    • Worker allergic reactions
    • Worker safety hazards
  • Compliance and Voluntary Standards (24%)
    • Bloodborne pathogens
    • Disinfectant regulation
    • Disinfecting levels
    • Emergency showers and eyewashes
    • Environmental laws
    • EPA standards
    • Federal safety regulations
    • Federal standards and regulations
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Hazardous material regulations
    • Human chemical exposure levels
    • Life safety
    • Lost-time injury categories
    • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
    • OSHA healthcare facility emphasis topics
    • OSHA inspections
    • OSHA safety enforcement
    • PPE training
    • Protective clothing and equipment
    • Radiation safety
    • Regulating antimicrobial products
    • Safety regulations
    • Safety warning and cautions
    • Training requirements

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS) 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 (IBFCSM) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified in Healthcare Safety - Environmental Services (CHS-EVS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHS-EVS 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 CHS-EVS recertification may be found on the agency website.