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Certification from ABCHS

Dynamics in advancing professionally and seeking new employment opportunities have been greatly affected by recent changes in the economy. Various occupational fields are becoming increasingly competitive. In light of these changes, employers are recognizing the value and importance of a workforce with identifiable, usable skill sets and the benefits that accompany added experience and accomplishments.

The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, CHS® (ABCHS) and its sub-boards sponsor certification programs in various homeland security-related areas. The goal of each program is to validate the professional knowledge and skills of certified individuals in a particular area related to homeland security. This is no small task.

The Association employs intricate, Subject Matter Expert-driven processes for establishing certification program policy, enforcing ethics, developing and administering exams, and operating continuing education programs. These processes align with industry standards (such as those set forth by the American National Standards Institute and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies), which deliver programs with relevant scopes with well-developed policies, procedures, and examinations derived from best practices.

In this way, those who hold certifications from ABCHS can be confident that their credentials are valid and relevant to their area of homeland security.

Why Get Certified?

Potential Benefits to the Field:

  • Standardizes practice and/or standards within an industry
  • Advances the specialty/field
  • Increases cooperation between organizations in the same discipline
  • Provides a means for an industry to self-regulate

Potential Benefits to Those with Current Certification:

  • Grants recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party
  • Enhances professional reputation
  • Provides personal accomplishment
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field of practice
  • Demonstrates a specific level of knowledge and skill
  • Increases opportunities for career advancement and/or increased earnings
  • Validates skills and knowledge
  • Communicates credibility
  • Serves as a differentiator in a competitive job market
  • Meets employer or governmental requirements

Potential Benefits to Employers:

  • Improves customer satisfaction
  • Increases competence level of employees
  • Useful in making employment decisions
  • Provides professional development opportunities for employees
  • Ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills
  • Increases confidence in employees' abilities
  • Demonstrates employers' commitment to competence
  • Provides means to establish and enforce an ethical code
  • Provides compliance with industry regulation/ government requirements
  • Increases safety

Potential Benefits to the public:

  • Provides means to establish and enforce an ethical code
  • Standardizes practice and/or standards within an industry
  • Advances the specialty/field and increases cooperation between organizations in the same discipline
  • Provides a means for an industry to self-regulate
  • Helps in identifying qualified service providers
  • Increases confidence in service providers
  • Provides disciplinary process to follow in case of complaints

G.I. Bill

Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Levels I-V are approved for the G.I. Bill Benefits.
G.I. Bill Reimbursement Information

G.I. Bill Reimbursement Brochure

Testing Centers

National College Testing Association


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Testimonial

"As a risk management consultant, the Certified in Homeland Security designation has opened up a world of valuable resources and relationships that I can use on a daily basis in support of my clients."

- Bob McAlister, CHS-V








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