The CCHP-P Exam


The purpose of the CCHP-P program is to define the domain of knowledge unique to practicing in a correctional environment, to provide a valid assessment of this knowledge, to encourage continued professional development in the field of correctional health care and to promote the public’s health by encouraging health care quality.

Candidates are allowed two hours to complete the examination, which is a proctored, written test composed of 70 to 100 multiple-choice questions.


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 $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 one year of the application approval date. Exam registration fees will apply; see table above.


The exam must be taken within six months 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 for exams at NCCHC conferences and at partner sites and conferences. Send requests to: CCHP Board of Trustees, 1145 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60614 Fax 773-880-2424

Please check Prometric's policies for cancelling and rescheduling exams at test centers or online.