National Credential
Credential: Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)
Credentialing Agency: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) - Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) is an intermediate level certification for individuals with healthcare technology management expertise. A CHTM is responsible for planning and directing activities of other healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, monitoring work, and taking corrective actions, when necessary. The CHTM covers management of healthcare technology operations and management of personnel. CHTMs are expected to have the skills and understanding needed to perform strategic, business, and change management as well as employee relations. Candidates must meet the educational and experiential eligibility criteria through one of five pathways and must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

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 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Warrant Officer 670A Health Services Maintenance Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    

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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 Technology Manager (CHTM)

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: 7 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
901 N . Glebe Road
Suite 300
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: (703) 525-4890
Fax: (703) 276-0793
Email: aci@aami.org

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

Pathway 1: Candidate must have current certification as a clinical engineer (CCE), biomedical equipment technician (CBET), radiology equipment specialist (CRES), or a laboratory equipment specialist (CLES) with at least three (3) years of work experience as a supervisor or manager in the last five (5) years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience in performing management duties either through self or third-party attestation.

Pathway 2: Candidate must have successfully completed the Department of Defense’s biomedical equipment maintenance technician (DOD BMET) training program and have at least three years of work experience, military or civilian, as an HTM supervisor or manager in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience  performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 3: Candidate must have an Associate’s degree in biomedical technology, related healthcare discipline, information technology or business with at least three years of work experience as an HTM supervisor or manager in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of HTM supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 4: Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in biomedical technology, engineering, related healthcare discipline, information technology or business with at least two years as a manager within the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 5: Candidate must have work experience with or without a degree not related to biomedical technology, related healthcare discipline, information technology, or business management. Candidate must have seven years of work experience in the HTM field with three years of management experience in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third-party attestation.

The Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

  • Financial Management (19%)
    • Participate in financial planning, budgeting, or procurement activities of all or part of an organization (e.g., capital planning, technology planning, reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties).
    • Develop departmental control policies, guidelines, and/or procedures for activities such as financial administration.
    • Assure compliance with organizational policies and procedures and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
    • Prepare program financial statements, business activity reports, financial forecasts, or annual budgets.
    • Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.
    • Authorize requests for disbursements in accordance with company policies and procedures.
    • Advise management in determining life expectancy (i.e., capital asset planning) of healthcare technology devices.
    • Advise management on actions regarding the fair market value of purchase, lease, or asset recovery value of disposed healthcare technology.
    • Review sourcing options for parts, service, training and test equipment/tools.
  • Risk Management (12%)
    • Evaluate key risks associated with the use of healthcare technology ( e.g., patient safety, operations, finance, emergency preparedness).
    • Assure integrity of data collection, storage, and security associated with healthcare technology (e.g., HIPAA, PACS, EKG management, EMR).
    • Recommend processes, procedures, or policies to control or reduce risk.
    • Apply risk-assessment models or methodologies, (e.g., FMEA, root cause analysis).
    • Participate in incident investigations.
    • Produce reports that outline findings, explain risk positions, or recommend changes (e.g., SMDA, sentinel event alerts).
    • Manage recalls, hazards, and safety advisories in use in healthcare technology.
  • Operations Management (46%)
    • Oversee activities directly related to providing services (e.g., scheduled and unscheduled work, project management, customer satisfaction).
    • Coordinate activities of service providers and vendors concerned with planning, acquisition, contracting, installation, or service of healthcare technology.
    • Review financial statements, activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement.
    • Develop departmental and/or team policies and procedures, goals, and objectives.
    • Manage departmental policies and procedures, goals and objectives (e.g. prepare work schedule, assign specific duties).
    • Determine departmental and/or staffing requirements.
    • Comply with regulatory and accreditation requirements (e.g. TJC,ANSI, AAMI, NFPA, OSHA, CAP, AABB, CMS, FDA, FCC, HIPAA, DNV, AOA, ACR, IAC, IEC, NRC, DOH, NEC, CLIA, COLA, MQSA).
    • Report departmental operations performance to other departments or committees in accordance  with the MEMP (e.g., environment of care, patient safety, risk management, value-added, benchmarking).
    • Oversee departmental and/or team meetings and communications.
    • Ensure resources are available to complete departmental and/or team activities (e.g., tools, test equipment, supplies, technical information, and training).
    • Review project plans to coordinate project activity.
    • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to access healthcare technology needs and requirements.
    • Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
    • Evaluate healthcare technology proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.
    • Collaborate with other stakeholders (e.g., IT, nursing, vendors) to manage device integration.
    • Participate in construction planning meetings.
    • Collaborate with other departments on utility maintenance and interruption (e.g., network, telecom, electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, change management, downtime procedures).
    • Oversee the management of healthcare technology assets, inventory accuracy, backups, security, CMMS, non-hospital owed equipment.
    • Ensure competency of HTM department staff and healthcare technology service vendors.
  • Education and Training (11%)
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.
    • Analyze training needs based on cost, operations, requirements, competency, customer requirements, resources, etc.
    • Oversee ongoing technical training and personal development classes for staff members.
    • Conduct orientation sessions and on-the-job training for staff.
    • Assure availability of training manuals (e.g., service manuals, operations manuals, training media, and other educational materials).
    • Collaborate with clinical departments on healthcare technology training (e.g., MRI and radiation safety, equipment use, use-error trending).
    • Collaborate with non-clinical departments on healthcare technology training (e.g., infection prevention, environmental services, and supply management).
  • Human Resources (12%)
    • Recommend compensation, promotion, and career path of departmental and/or team staff.
    • Perform personnel management duties (e.g., employee relations, staffing, conflict management, disciplinary procedures, and performance development plan).
    • Ensure department and/or team practices are in compliance with state and federal labor laws (e.g., ADA, EEOC, FMLA, and NLRA).
    • Participate in the requirement, selection, retention, and termination of employees.
    • Conduct performance evaluations of departmental and/or team staff.
    • Collaborate with labor relations organizations.
    • Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) 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 Kryterion. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Kryterion website:

For more information on the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHTM is renewable every 3 years. Certification holders must accumulate and provide proof of a completion for a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and submit a continuing practice journal, and pay a recertification fee(s).