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

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) is a comprehensive certification that focuses on the importance of improving human safety, organizational performance, and compliance efforts of healthcare organizations of all types and sizes. The CHSP credential is for candidates desiring to improve their professional practice in healthcare safety and related functions. Candidates can qualify for the CHSP 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 Safety Professional (CHSP)

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 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI some          
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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Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP)

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: 3 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

Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP)

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.


  • 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 Safety Professional (CHSP)

  • Safety Management (36%)
    • Leadership and Management Principles
      • Communication
      • Decision-making
      • Facility safety priorities
      • Human factors
      • Leadership principles
      • Management functions
      • Management involvement
      • Management tools
      • Occupational health
      • Organizational dynamics
      • Safety behaviors
      • Safety costs
      • Safety responsibilities
    • Safety Management Concepts
      • Accident/hazard reporting
      • Disaster preparedness
      • Education/training
      • Emergency drills
      • Emergency management
      • Employee health
      • Management concepts
      • Patient safety
      • Performance improvement
      • Risk management
      • Quality improvement
      • Risk management
      • Safety assessment
      • Safety authority
      • Safety communication
      • Safety effectiveness
      • Organizational improvement
      • Safety process improvement
      • Safety improvement methods
      • Safety leadership
      • Safety management
      • Safety policies
      • Safety priorities
      • Safety responsibilities
      • Security management
      • System safety
      • Training/orientation
    • Organizational Dynamics
      • Communication effectiveness
      • High reliability concepts
      • Organizational priorities
      • Medical errors
      • Operational culture
      • Organizational performance
      • Patient safety challenges
      • Safety improvement
      • System safety methods
  • Hazard Control (28%)
    • Hazard Control Practice
      • Biohazards
      • Chemical hazards
      • Departmental hazards
      • Equipment risks
      • Evaluating risks
      • Facility wide hazards
      • Healthcare hazards
    • Accident/Hazard prevention
      • Accident prevention
      • Accident causal factors
      • Accident investigations
      • Antimicrobial solutions
      • Clinical risks
      • Employee protection
      • Evaluating hazards
      • Facility wide risks
      • Hazard protection
      • Hazardous material controls
      • Hazardous material risks
      • Infection control
      • Job safety
      • Medical equipment risks
      • Personal protective equipment responsibilities
      • Personal protective equipment assessment
      • Personnel protective equipment education
      • Reporting hazards & injuries
      • Support department safety
    • Healthcare Hazards and Risks
      • Clinical area safety
      • Implementing controls
      • Safety priorities
      • Support departmental risks
      • Environmental hazards
      • Facility assessments
      • Clinical department exposures
      • Hazard identification
      • Facility wide safety issues
      • Gases and vapors
      • Hazard assessment processes
      • Hazardous substances
      • Human factor risks
      • Infection control response
      • Infection prevention education
      • Support department safety
  • Compliance and Standards (36%)
    • Accreditation/Voluntary Standards
      • Accreditation
      • Clinical safety
      • EOC safety
      • Compressed gases
      • Consensus standards
      • Emergency drills
      • Environmental management
      • Ergonomic issues
      • Facility safety standards
      • Facility safety topics
      • Facility warnings
      • Fire codes
      • Life safety issues
      • Fire safety risks
      • Bio-hazardous materials
      • Fire safety management
      • Life safety standards
      • Flammable/combustible risks
      • Hazardous materials disposal
      • Patient safety standards
    • Governmental Compliance
      • Antimicrobial/disinfectant regulations
      • Biohazards
      • Clinical safety
      • Compliance inspections
      • Emergency preparedness
      • Employee injuries
      • EPA standards
      • Ergonomics and human factors
      • Facility compliance
      • Federal agency compliance reporting
      • Federal agency compliance standards
      • Hazardous exposures
      • Hazardous materials monitoring
      • Hazardous materials training
      • Healthcare facility compliance
      • Biohazards compliance
      • Infection control
      • Ionizing & non-ionizing radiation
      • Medical equipment requirements
      • Medical waste standards
      • Occupational risks
      • Occupational health
      • Occupational safety standards
      • OSHA compliance
      • Training requirements
      • Hazard exposure limits
      • OSHA compliance
      • OSHA reporting & recordkeeping

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) 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 Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHSP 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 CHSP recertification may be found on the agency website.