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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 CBTNE 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.

Exam Proctor

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

The CHS-V 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-V 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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