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Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL)

A secondary certification for management.

The CHL certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the management and supervisory skills necessary to provide effective leadership in the Sterile Processing department. CHL's are indispensable members of the healthcare team who are responsible for managing the daily operations of the SP department including standards and regulation compliance, finance, reporting, staffing, human resource management and inter- and intra-departmental communications.

Pilot Eligibility Requirements

Current, full CRCST certification must be obtained prior to taking the CHL pilot exam and must be kept current to maintain your CHL certification.

The CHL pilot exam is offered October 1-15, 2021. Candidates must be able to sit for the exam between these dates to participate in the pilot.

The pilot exam is the same as the exam that will be launched in January 2022. The pilot allows us to test new exam questions according to the new exam blueprint and gather data before the new CHL exam goes live.

Content & Composition of the Exam

The CHL exam will test your proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Planning and Decision-Making
  2. Organizing
  3. Leading
  4. Controlling

Each of the four knowledge domains listed above is comprised of a series of sub-domains which are explained in further detail in the CHL Exam Content Outline (updated August, 2021). The Content Outline also describes further detail on the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam.

Exam Structure

  • The exam is computer based and no writing instruments are needed (a written version of the exam is not available)
  • The current version of the test is comprised of 150 multiple choice questions
  • You will have 3 hours in which to complete the exam
  • Questions can be marked for review and answered or changed later in the exam
  • A 15 minute tutorial describing how to take the exam on the computer precedes the test and is also available online, below

Test Tutorial

Apply Today

IAHCSMM has reached the capacity of CHL Pilot applicants. Applications for the revised CHL exam will be available in late Fall, 2021, and testing will resume January, 2022.