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Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level I

About the CHS-I certification

What does becoming CHS-I demonstrate?

Becoming a Certified in Homeland Security Level demonstrates both a vocabulary of terms and an understanding of homeland security and its impact on national security.

Certificants must possess knowledge of the formation of DHS, its organizational structure, its mission, and the various Homeland Security Presidential Directives that guide the mission of the Department of Homeland Security.

How was the Exam Developed?

The CHS-I certification exam was developed in accordance with the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) 17024 standards for personnel certification. The exam was developed by a group of leading homeland security subject-matter experts who saw the need for homeland security professionals to have a base knowledge in the history, mission, structure, and operational knowledge of the Department of Homeland Security. The exam was also reviewed by hundreds of homeland security subject matter experts to ensure the exam is objective and aligns with the professional needs of an entry level professional in the homeland security field.

Who should obtain this certification?

Individuals who would benefit from this guide and the certification include: law enforcement, active military, active military looking to transition to a security related position, current homeland security professionals at the municipal, state, and federal level, private sector professionals with security responsibilities, and private contractors that currently work or seek to work with the Department of Homeland Security or other government entities that have a mission to protect the homeland.

Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility requirements must be met by all ABCHS applicants:

  • Recommended one year experience in homeland security
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct
CHS-I Recertification Program Requirements

The assessment component of the CHS-I is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain CHS-I certification, those with CHS-I designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle. This is waived if the CHS-I holder obtains the CHS-II credential within that 3 year period.

CHS-I can also be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center. ABCHS will send the candidate a voucher and testing site locations for the candidate to schedule a time to take the exam.


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