Certified in Healthcare Human Resources

Important information on your examination and test center closures


  • Eligibility for the examination requires ONE of the following:

    • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university plus five (5) years of human resources experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of human resources services to the healthcare industry.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus six (6) years of human resources experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of human resources services to the healthcare industry.
    • Associate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university plus eight (8) years of human resources experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of human resources services to the healthcare industry.
  • We have over 200 locations throughout the U.S. You can find a list of testing center locations near you by entering in your zip code through PSI Services.

  • Yes, by submitting the Request for International Examination Form. Please note additional fees may apply.

  • Monday – Saturday twice a day, 9:30am and 1:30pm. This excludes some holidays.

  • Due to the high stakes nature of the exam there is no online option.

    • $295 for members
    • $425 for non-members
  • If you are a member of one of the AHA Professional Membership Groups then you qualify for member pricing. If you don’t know if you are a member call (312) 422-3702 to confirm.

    • Mail or fax the CHHR Examination application in the Candidate Handbook to PSI
    • Apply online. Click ‘Register for this Exam’ tab. If you have never applied for this exam, choose ‘New User’ link to set up your account.
  • Our testing administrator company, PSI Services, manages our exam transactions. To request a receipt for your exam, please contact PSI at 888-519-9901.

  • You can reschedule an exam once at no charge within 90 days of your eligibility window by calling PSI at 888-519-9901 at least 2 business days prior to your scheduled exam date.

    A candidate who does not schedule an exam during the 90-day period forfeits the application and all fees paid.

  • The processing time for new certificates is two to four weeks.

    • Option1: Track and renew your CE credits by logging into your Certification Portal and documenting 45 contact hours over the 3 - year certification period
    • Option 2: Successfully passing the CHHR exam
  • You are not required to submit documentation. However, if you are audited the Certification Center will contact you asking for supporting documentation.

  • You may submit your renewal one year before the current expiration date. However, if you submit your application early, that will not change the expiration date or extend the next renewal cycle. Your 45 contact hours must fall within your 3-year certification dates.

  • You can submit your certification renewal up to 30 days after your expiration date with a $50 late fee. However, you cannot submit CEUs you earned during this 30-day extended grace period. If you do not submit your renewal by the end of the 30-days, you will have to retake and successfully pass the exam to reinstate your credential.

    The AHA-Certification Center (AHA-CC) may grant an extension of time to a certificant to complete the number of Continuing Education Credits (CECs) required for a recertification cycle.

    If you are unable to complete your required number of credits or hours (45 credits or contact hours) before your certification expiration date due to COVID-19, you may send a request for an extension to the AHA-CC at certification@aha.org.

    An extension of time shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility for completion of the recertification requirements for the cycle in which the extension period falls. A certificant with a credential in Revoked status is NOT eligible to request an extension.

  • Call the Certification Center for details.

    • $135 for members
    • $225 for non-members

    Additional $50 if renewing within 30 days after your expiration date.

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