Monday October 31, 2022

CHHR: Get Certified

The CHHR designation signifies your expertise within the healthcare HR community. Start the certification process here.

The CHHR Candidate Handbook and Application is where you will find detailed steps and instructions as well as the application form. Following is a summary of the steps:

Step 1: Determine eligibility to take the exam.

Step 2: Once eligibility is confirmed, submit completed application to

Step 3: After application is approved by ASHHRA, candidate will be instructed to submit payment online (see below for cost of the exam)

Step 4: Upon confirmation of payment, candidate will receive login credentials for the examination.

Approved to take the exam?

If you have received approval to take the exam, you will be contacted with instructions to submit payment once the new proctoring platform goes live. ASHHRA is urgently working re-launch the exam in a timely manner. Please contact with any questions and thank you for your patience.

Candidates who meet eligibility requirements and pass the CHHR Examination attain the CHHR designation. To be eligible for the CHHR Examination, a candidate must fulfill one of the following requirements for education and professional experience:

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university plus five years of HR experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of HR services to the healthcare industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus six years of HR experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of HR services to the healthcare industry.
  • Associate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university plus eight years of HR experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of HR services to the healthcare industry.

A healthcare human resources professional may fulfill such responsibilities as an employee or a provider of healthcare human resource services at facilities such as the following:

  • Academic Institution
  • Mental Health Organization
  • Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
  • Acute Care Facility
  • Rehabilitation Center 
  • Managed Care Organization
  • Ambulatory Center
  • Long Term Care Facility
  • Physician Practice Group
  • Consulting Firm 
  • Skilled Nursing Facility 
  • Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)
  • Hospital/Medical Center
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Medical Group Practice
  • Research Hospital
  • Home Healthcare Agency
  • Military/VA/Government Hospital
  • Laboratory
  • Hospice Agency

Although position titles may have different meanings in different types of healthcare settings, size of organization, type of practice, etc., eligible candidates for the CHHR exam may include Healthcare Human Resource professionals such as the following employed with a healthcare human resources provider:

  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • Senior Human Resources Representative
  • Chief Human Resources Officer 
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Director of Compensation
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Workforce Relations Director or Manager
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Talent Acquisition Director
  • Senior Labor Relations Associate
  • Talent Manager
  • Labor Relations Associate
  • Benefits Manager 
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Business Partner 
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Recruitment & Retention Manager

After fulfilling the CHHR eligibility requirements, a candidate may apply for the CHHR Examination by submitting the CHHR Examination Application. Upon approval from ASHHRA, the candidate will be instructed to pay the fee for the exam:

  • ASHHRA Member: $295
  • Non-member: $425 (Join ASHHRA for member pricing!)

Payment may be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or by company check, cashier’s check or money order made payable ASHHRA. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Payment should not be made until after application is approved. ASHHRA will not reimburse for payments made ahead of approval.

The method of preparation and amount of time spent preparing for the CHHR examinations can be driven by the candidate’s preferred study style, level of professional experience, or academic background. Find exam preparation tips and resources on the CHHR Exam Preparation page.

The primary mode of delivery of the CHHR Examination is via computer in a private and quiet setting of the test takers choice.

A candidate who meets eligibility requirements may submit an application at any time. After approval to test, a candidate will be invoiced for exam fees (candidates will receive notification to test within 72 business hours of completing exam fee payment). After payment is made, a candidate must take the CHHR Examination within 90 days from confirmation of eligibility from ASHHRA.

The CHHR Examination is not offered between December 24 and January 3.

Exam fees are due AFTER applications are screened*. By receiving written approval from ASHHRA you are eligible to pay the exam fee online. After payment is made ASHHRA will enroll you in the online-proctored exam via testing provider, Invigulus.

CHHR Examination Fee: Pay now

*Application approval can take up to four weeks.

Complete the application found in the CHHR Candidate Handbook and Application. Instructions are listed within the application. The exam fee is due after the application has been approved by ASHHRA.

After approval of the application and submitted payment, the candidate is sent a one-time testing link to take the exam. The candidate must take the CHHR Examination within the assigned 90-day eligibility window. The eligibility window begins the day the exam is dispatched.

A candidate who wants an extension past the 90-day period or who wishes to cancel the examination after the 90-day period forfeits the application and all fees paid. A new, complete application and full CHHR Examination fee are required to reapply for the CHHR Examination.

Approximately two to four weeks after the candidate passes the exam, ASHHRA emails to the candidate a certificate of recognition, and information about CHHR certification renewal requirements. The name on the certificate and the email address to which the certificate is sent is based on information submitted in the candidate’s examination application.

Please contact ASHHRA Education at or call 312-278-7076.