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Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level II

About the CHS-II Certification

What does becoming CHS- II demonstrate?

Becoming a Certified in Homeland Security Level demonstrates the certificant is familiar with the basics of homeland security risk management doctrine, programs, processes, and procedures. Individuals who receive the certification should have a functioning understanding of risk management fundamentals with knowledge of how risk management is conducted and how it is influenced by the Presidential Policy Directive 21 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR), the concept of “threats” and “hazards”, the National Response Framework, the National Incident Management System, and the key terms, ideas, principles and concepts related to risk management

Certificants must be able to define what risk management is and how intelligence sharing plays a role in risk management. They will be able to explain what threats and hazards are, as well as an understanding of what is meant by vulnerabilities and consequences. Lastly the certificant will need to have a basic understanding of how to evaluate risk management programs and how to communicate about risk management strategies and efforts undertaken.

How was the Exam Developed?

The exam was developed in collaboration with leading homeland security subject-matter experts who saw the need for homeland security professionals to have a base knowledge of the Department of Homeland Security’s Risk Management Fundamentals and Homeland Security Risk Management Doctrine, The exam was reviewed by hundreds of homeland security and risk management subject matter experts to ensure the exam aligns with the knowledge needed by a professional in the homeland security and risk management fields.

Who should obtain this certification?

Individuals who would benefit from this guide and the certification include: All local, state and federal government officials practicing risk management as well as those in the private sector that evaluate risk for their company or organization. This includes law enforcement, active military, active military looking to transition to a security related position, emergency managers, 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:

  • Hold the CHS-I credential; or have 2 years of relevant homeland security experience relevant to the topics covered in CHS I and CHS II as referenced in the CHS candidate handbook
  • 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-II Recertification Program Requirements

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

Exam Proctor

CHS-II is now a proctored exam in accordance with ANSI 17024 standards.

The CHS-II exam may be proctored in person by having a proctor complete the live proctoring form and submit it to ABCHS. This option allows the candidate to take the certification exam on the ABCHS server with the proctor monitoring the exam.

Additionally a live event can be scheduled for larger groups that wish to be lead through the study material and have the exam proctored on site.

CHS-II 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.

Military Personnel: Pearson VUE offers professional ABCHS certification exams to U.S. military service members on-site at military installation testing centers worldwide.


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