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Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level V

What does becoming CHS-V Demonstrate?

The CHS-V certification is designed to ensure that certificants have a strong working knowledge of the threat posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents and the resources that those working on Homeland Security have to combat the threat of CBRNE incidents. Potential certificants will be required to show knowledge of the threats presented by a range of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive and nuclear weapons. This Knowledge includes:

  • How to recognize and appropriately react to a range of CBRNE threats.
  • How to identify various chemical agents, including their indicators and symptoms.
  • How to identify various biological threats, including their symptoms and characteristics
  • An understanding of nuclear threats, including the difference between nuclear and radiological threats
  • How to utilize Mass decontamination basics
  • How to utilize HazMat/WMD basics
Certificants will also have to show knowledge of the National Prevention Framework, and the Department of Homeland Security’s role in preventing and mitigating the consequences of these types of events.

How was the Exam Developed?

The CHS-V 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 CBRNE threats, and how The Department of Homeland Security and other relevant government agencies counter, prevent, and mitigate CBRNE acts. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility requirements must be met by all American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) applicants:

  • Hold the CHS-IV credential; or five (5) years of experience combined with general training, knowledge, skill, and education in a homeland security-related area connected to the topics examined in CHS-I, CHS-II, CHS-III, CHS-IV, and CHS-V
  • 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-V Recertification Program Requirements

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

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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