A CHS-IV credential holder will have basic knowledge of FEMA’s incident command system, National Incident Management System, and National Response Framework. This certification focuses on validating knowledge of candidates specific to the Response and Recovery aspect of homeland security. Other aspects of homeland security include Prevention, Preparedness, Mitigation, Education, and advanced topics like weapons of mass destruction, which is specifically assigned to the highest certification, CHS-V. The target population is homeland security officials that hold responsibility in responding to disasters and terrorist attacks. This credential is vital for homeland security officials to provide mid-level homeland security managers in emergency management and public safety & security with base knowledge in how to minimize the damage caused by terrorist attacks. This delineation of aspects of homeland security was used to drive the differentiation discussions of the three levels that was the foundation for establishing the minimally competent candidate definitions as part of the standard setting process.
The following general eligibility requirements must be met by all American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) applicants:
In addition to meeting all general eligibility requirements to sit for ABCHS certification exams, applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience combined with general training, knowledge, skill, and education within their respective homeland security-related area, such as security, law enforcement, fire service, military, emergency management, cyber security, public health, hazardous materials, medical, or other related areas.
Applicants are encouraged to complete all three courses listed below, offered by FEMA free of charge, before attempting to take the CHS Level IV exam.
FEMA IS-100.B - Introduction to Incident Command System
FEMA IS-700.A - NIMS An Introduction
FEMA IS-800.B - NRF An Introduction