National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology

Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT)


Credential: Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) is a mid-level credential. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the medical procedure of introducing large amounts of oxygen, under extreme atmospheric pressure, into the bloodstream of those afflicted with a variety of medical conditions. Certified hyperbaric technologists, or technicians, may undergo training at a number of medical institutions. Eligibility for the CHT includes completion of an approved NBDHMT introductory course and other experiential requirements.

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

Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 480 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

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

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology

9 Medical Park
Suite 330
Columbia, SC  29203

Phone: (803) 434-7802

Fax: (866) 451-7231
Email: nbdhmt@aol.com

You must meet all of the requirements:

  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • You must have completed a National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) approved hyperbaric medicine introductory course.
  • You must maintain the training/education requirements of the original qualifying Vocation. For a list of qualifying vocations visit CHT Resource Manual.
  • As part of the clinical internship you must complete the Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitoring (TCOM) Module.
  • You must meet a minimum clinical internship of 480 hours of undersea, hyperbaric medicine or aviation medicine technology.
  • Military personnel must complete 1000 clinical hours in addition to required, approved, training received in the military (unless 480 hours of approved clinical internship can be completed at an approved facility).

The Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age.
  • Candidate must maintain and provide proof of prior training/certification/licensure in one of their original qualifying vocations. List of qualifying vocations can be obtained from CHT Resource Manual.
  • You must provide a letter of recommendation from present employer, administrator or medical director.
  • Criminal background check is required for all patient care providers in hospital settings.
  • Steps that the CHT candidate should take to complete the TCOM module before applying for certification:
    1. Read the learning objectives.
    2. Study the enclosed TcPO2 references.
    3. Study the operating manual of the TcPO2 monitor.
    4. Complete the TCOM module.
    5. Complete the TCOM module post-test.
    6. Attach to the CHT application: (1) a letter from the present employer, administrator, or medical director that certifies completion of the TCOM module; (2) a copy of the TCOM module post-test.

Written Exam

Note: Specific examination policies are left up to each instructor.

  • General Requirements
  • Gas Systems
  • Chamber Operations and Environment
  • Clinical Skills
  • Generalized Clinical Knowledge
  • Infection control measures

Practical Exam

Note: Graduates of approved introductory training programs in hyperbaric technology are required to undergo a minimum clinical internship of 480 hours. Sixty (60) hours of the requirement should be a supervised clinical internship to complete eligibility requirements for certification examination. As part of the prescribed clinical internship, CHT applicants must complete the TCOM Module. Military personnel must complete 1000 clinical hours in addition to required, approved training received in the military (unless 480 hours of approved clinical internship can be completed at an approved facility)

  • Chamber Equipment:
    • Chamber Compression Gas
    • Breathing Gas Supply
    • Fire Extinguishing System
    • Communications
  • Chamber Operations:
    • Chamber Standard Operating Procedures
    • Chamber Emergency Operating Procedures
    • Checklists, Dive Tables And Treatment Protocols
    • Patient Treatment And Staff Dive Records
    • Support Equipment And Supplies
    • Patient Preparation, Loading And Unloading
  • Safety:
    • Fire Safety
    • Pressure Safety
  • Patient Assessment:
    • Initial Consultation
    • Ongoing Assessment
    • Follow-Up Assessment
  • Patient Care:
    • Patient Pre-Treatment Briefing
    • Barotrauma Management
    • Oxygen Toxicity Management
    • Hypoglycemia Management
    • Decompression Sickness Management
    • Pulmonary Barotrauma
    • Cardiopulmonary Complications
    • Infection Control
    • Patient Comfort
    • Wound Care
    • Documentation
  • Infection control measures
  • Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitoring Module (TCOM)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • A minimum of 24 hours of education credits (hours) are required during each re-certification period. At least 12 must be Category A, defined as education and training directly related to the practice of undersea, hyperbaric or hypobaric medicine.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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