The CCHP-MH Exam


The purpose of the CCHP–MH specialty examination is to measure a candidate's knowledge, understanding and application of national standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate mental health care, legal principles for practicing within a correctional mental health care system, ethical obligations of correctional mental health professionals and the role of mental health professionals in delivering health care in the correctional environment.

Candidates are allowed two hours to complete the examination, which is a proctored, written test composed of 80 to 100 multiple-choice questions.

EXAM Signup 

CCHP and specialty exams (CCHP-MH, CCHP-P, and CCHP-RN) are available at conferences, at test centers, and online.Candidates can select from:


Test Site Registration Fee
  First Attempt Second Attempt Third Attempt
NCCHC or partner site Free $45 $45
Test center or Prometric online exam $50 $50 $50






The CCHP program makes every effort to ensure that test centers are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates who require special accommodations must submit a written request at least 90 days before the examination date.

Exam results

Examinations are scored electronically. Results are sent in writing within two weeks. Unsuccessful candidates may retake the exam two additional times within two years of the application approval date. Exam registration fees will apply; see table above.

Deferment and Cancellation Policies

The exam may be deferred up to one year from the date the application is approved. A candidate must request deferment in writing at least 10 business days before the originally scheduled examination date.

To cancel the application, a written cancellation request must be received at least 10 business days before the examination date. $100 of the application fee will be refunded.

Send deferments and cancellations to:
CCHP Board of Trustees, 1145 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60614
Fax 773-880-2424