The CCHP Exam


The CCHP examination measures a candidate’s knowledge, understanding and application of the content areas covered on the exam, including standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate health care, the basic legal principles for practicing in a correctional health care system, the ethical obligations of correctional health professionals and 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.

Exam SItes

Computer-based testing is now available for the CCHP and specialty exams (CCHP-MH, CCHP-P and CCHP-RN). You can take the exam at more than 300 strategically located PSI test centers across the United States at a time that is convenient for you. Approved candidates will receive an email from PSI with instructions on how to register for an exam. Please note: PSI charges a $50 registration fee.

Examinations continue to be offered at NCCHC and selected partner conferences; see the Exam Calendar for dates, sites and deadlines.


Test Site Registration Fee
  First Attempt Second Attempt Third Attempt
NCCHC or partner site Free $45 $45
PSI test center $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 a two-year period from the date of initial application approval. 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