National Credential
Credential: Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)
Credentialing Agency: Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT)

The BONENT Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT) examination measures technical proficiency in certain skills, and general areas of knowledge in hemodialysis. The examination tests the following five major domains of practice and tasks performed in the scope of hemodialysis technology: patient care, machine technology, water treatment, infection control, and education/personal development. This is an entry level certification and requires a high school diploma and one year experience in nephrology patient care, and current active participation in an ESRD facility.

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

Renewal Period: 4 years

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

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 M3 Dialysis ASI most          

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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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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

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: 1 year
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 4 years

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

Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT)
100 South Washington Street
Rockville, MD  20850
Phone: (202) 462-1252
Fax: (202) 463-1257
Contact Page

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

Applicants must have a high school diploma .

Option 1: Applicants must have one year of experience (12 months) in nephrology patient care, and current active participation in an ESRD facility.

Option 2: Applicants must have successfully completed an accredited dialysis course approved by the BONENT Board.

The Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants are required to submit two signed letters of reference with their applications. A signed letter will be required from their immediate supervisor. The other will be required from a professional (e.g., a peer or mentor) in the field of nephrology.
  • Applicants must be employed at the time of application submission.

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

  • Patient Care (45%)
  • Machine Technology (12%)
  • Water Treatment (15%)
  • Infection Control (18%)
  • Education/Personal Development (10%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) 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 ISO-Quality Testing, Inc. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the ISO-Quality Testing, Inc website:

For more information on the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) credential has the following recertification information:

In order to continue certification beyond the initial four-year period, applicants must recertify using one of the following three options:

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

Additional considerations for the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) include:

  • All applicants must familiarize themselves with any state licensure requirements for the state in which they intend to be certified.