Certified in Healthcare Human Resources
Exam Dates / Location
Many chapter events also offer the paper and pencil exam. Click here here for dates and locations.
Candidate Handbook and Application
The CHHR Candidate Handbook and Application contains eligibility requirements, a complete content outline for the exam, sample test items, instructions on applying for the exam and an application. Download the CHHR Candidate Handbook and Application or call (888) 519-9901 to request a copy.
The CHHR Examination is available nationwide at AMP Assessment Centers. Apply online here.
- ASHHRA Members: $295
- Non-Members: $425
Preparing for the CHHR Exam
- CHHR Practice Test
The CHHR Self Assessment Examination (SAE) is an online study tool that parallels the CHHR Certification Examination in format, content and cognitive levels. Development of the CHHR SAE was supported by TIAA.
To see some sample questions representative of those on the CHHR SAE, complete the CHHR SAE Demo. If you are already certified, complete the CHHR SAE for five (5) hours reportable toward CHHR Certification renewal requirements. Click here to purchase the SAE.
- CHHR Examination Preparation Guide
The CHHR Examination Preparation Guide available here was designed by ASHHRA to assist the health care HR practitioner in preparing for the CHHR Examination. This guide was created with the adult learner in mind and ASHHRA members get discounted pricing for the guide.
Study Tools and Tips
- CHHR Examination Preparation Guide
- Content outline—use to assess knowledge in the areas covered on the exam, focus your study on areas you perceive as a gap
- Shadow experts
- Form a study group with other candidates, learn from and share your expertise with others
- Review resources on the reference list.
Who should take the exam?
Primary responsibilities of a health care human resources professional typically includes the following:
- Demonstrates knowledge of health care and health care human resource environments, provision of medical care, and health care workforce needs
- Adapts health care-specific human resources knowledge to their individual health care organization’s needs and goals
- Provides strategic guidance in the interfacing of HR programs and practices to meet the overall mission and vision of the health care organization.
- Serves as a trusted advisor and partners with organization leadership on strategic initiatives, employee relations, and communication.
- 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.
*Includes experience with a provider of human resources services to healthcare facilities such as research, VA or other hospitals; medical practice groups, ACOs; IDNs; MCOs; acute care, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility; hospice or home health agency.
Body of Knowledge
The CHHR Exam is based on the following (percentage of examination questions covering the domain):
I. Health care Business Knowledge (29%)
II. HR Delivery (20%)
III. Community Citizenship (10%)
IV. People Strategies (24%)
V. Personal Leadership (17%)
The Exam Format/Structure:
- 100 scored items, with an additional 10 unscored items used to collect data. These unscored questions are not identified
- Passing score set using an industry-accepted Angoff method
- Four-option, multiple-choice questions (does not include "none of the above" or "all of the above questions")
- Two hours allowed to complete the exam
- When taken online at an AMP Assessment Center, results are immediate and candidate receives their score report on site
- If taken by paper/pencil, score report is received about 3-4 weeks after the exam date.
About the AHA Certification Center
The American Hospital Association Certification Center (AHA-CC) was created in 1999 to develop and manage certification programs first released in 2000.The AHA-CC is staffed with experts in certification (test development and administration) and contracts with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) for their psychometric expertise in exam development and administration, among other services. The AHA-CC has also contracted with other organizations to develop and manage their certification programs. Though now managed by their own staff, the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) contracted with AHA-CC for two years to develop and launch their certification program. American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has retained the AHA-CC since 2007 to develop and manage two certification programs for nurse executives and leaders. For more information on the Certification Center
Administered by the American Hospital Association Certification Center (AHA-CC)
Communicated by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)