The CCHP Exam


The CCHP examination measures a candidate’s knowledge, understanding and application of the icon test pagecontent areas covered on the exam, including:

  • Standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate health care
  • Basic legal principles for practicing in a correctional health care system
  • The ethical obligations of correctional health professionals
  • The role of health care professionals in delivering care in the correctional environment.

The examination is not intended to measure clinical competency. Some questions pertain to specific settings (e.g., jail, prison or juvenile facility); others are more general in nature.

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


After the application is submitted:

  • Upload documentation (resume and license/diploma) within three months of submitting the application. 
  • The exam must be taken within six months from the date the application is approved. 

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
Prometric test center or online Exam $50 $50 $50





ADA Compliance

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 take the exam two additional times within one year from the date of initial application approval. Exam registration fees will apply; see table above.



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.