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Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level IV

About the CHS-IV certification

What does becoming CHS-IV demonstrate?

The CHS-IV certification is designed to ensure that certificants have a strong working knowledge of the threat posed by Violent Non-State Actors (VNSA), and the resources that those working on Homeland Security have to combat the threat VNSA’s present. Potential certificants will be required to show knowledge of the various kinds of VNSAs that have been identified. In particular applicants will need to have a functional understanding of major terrorist organizations, including their stated goals and major characteristics. Additionally, applicants will have to display a basic knowledge of the ways terrorist organizations recruit, and the identified routes to radicalization.

Certificants will also have to show knowledge of the National Prevention Framework, and the Department of Homeland Security’s role in preventing terrorism. Lastly, to successfully become certified individuals should also be familiar with the initiatives that have been taken to secure the nations Cyber Infrastructure.

How was the Exam Developed?

The CHS-IV certification exam was developed in accordance with the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) 17024 standards for personnel certification. 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 types of Violent Non-State Actors (VNSAs), how The Department of Homeland Security and other relevant government agencies counter, prevent, and mitigate VNSAs acts, the tools law enforcement uses against VNSAs, the legal structures related to prevent and prosecute VNSA actions, the role of cybersecurity in the war against VNSAs as well as The National Prevention Framework (NPF). The exam outline was reviewed by hundreds of homeland security subject matter experts to ensure the exam aligns with the knowledge needed by a professional in the homeland security field.

Who should obtain this certification?

Individuals who would benefit from the CHS-IV 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:

  • 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
  • Hold the CHS-III credential; or four (4) years of experience combined with general training, knowledge, skill, and education in a homeland security-related area connected to the topics examined n CHS-I, CHS-II, CHS-III, CHS-IV, and CHS-V
CHS-IV Recertification Program Requirements

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

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

Due to the accreditation process, testing for CHS-I, CHS-II, CHS-III, CHS-IV and CHS-V has to be conducted at a Pearson Vue testing center. Please contact member services at (877)219-2519 for a test voucher. Thank you.

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