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Certified in Healthcare Leadership (CHL) Certification

General Overview

A safe, efficient, quality-driven Central Service department cannot be maintained without a skilled and knowledgeable leader at the helm. Those in CS leadership positions have the power – and the responsibility – to ensure that their department is poised to tackle that critical goal effectively, consistently, and responsibly.

The IAHCSMM Certification in Healthcare Leadership exam will test your proficiency in management and supervisory skills, and upon completing and passing the exam you will hold the designation of Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL).

Full CRCST certification must be obtained prior to taking the CHL exam, and must be kept current in order to maintain your CHL certification.

The Certified Healthcare Leadership (CHL) certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the management and supervisory skills necessary to provide effective leadership in the Central Service Department.  CHL’s are indispensable members of the healthcare team who are responsible for managing the daily operations of the Central Service Department including standards and regulation compliance, finance, reporting, staffing, human resource management, and inter- and itra-departmental communications.

To earn CHL certification, candidates are required to demonstrate skills through the successful completion of an examination developed to measure the understanding of general central service, infection prevention, and management topics. CHL certificants are required to recertify annually through completion of continuing education requirements.

Exam Content

The CHL exam will test your proficiency in these areas:

Human Leadership

  • Introduction to Central Service Leadership
  • Managing a Complex System
  • Business Terminology
  • Critical Responsibilities
  • Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Facilitating & Coaching Employees
  • Staff Development
  • Financial Management
  • Central Service Leaders & The Joint Commission
  • Central Service Leaders & the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Central Service Leaders & Legal Considerations
  • Quality
  • Benchmarking
  • Central Service Leaders & Infection Prevention
  • Maintaining Positive Operating Room Relationships
  • Safety, Emergency Planning, and Disaster Preparedness
  • Construction Projects

Technical Essentials

  • Work Area & Work Flow
  • Decontamination
  • Instruments, Assembly, and Packaging
  • Steam Sterilization
  • Sterile Storage & Distribution
  • Purchasing & Inventory Management

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the CHL examination current CRCST status is required.