CCHP Certification


Becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional is the next step in your professional advancement.


  • Increase your knowledge
  • Get professional recognition
  • Reduce risk in your organization
  • Highlight your expertise
  • Be a leader
  • Make patient care decisions based on best practices
  • Discounts on NCCHC Conferences
  • Free subcription to the Journal of Correctional Health Care




The CCHP credential shows your mastery of NCCHC standards and your ability to apply them to support the quality of patient care. It’s a signal to the field that you are committed to correctional health care as a career. You’ll gain credibility with colleagues with this tangible evidence of your expertise.

“The CCHP credential is essential for leaders in correctional health care and it has shown those making decisions on advancement that I have the knowledge required to lead others in providing quality care.”

Tara Taylor, RN, BSN, CCHP
Regional Director of Nursing, Corizon

"Our staff earning CCHP certification has without a doubt raised the quality of health services at DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation."

Alsan Bellard, MD, MBA, CCHP



Complete the Application

Open to individuals interested in or currently working in corrections is eligible if they have credentials appropriate to the field.  Learn more 


Exam Preparation

Set yourself up for success. Review the standards on your own, set up a study group, watch an on-demand online webinar or ask NCCHC about a customized online standards review course. Learn more. 


Register for the Exam

Once your application is approved, sign up to take the exam online, at an upcoming event or at a test center.  


Maintain Your Certification

Recertification ensures that all CCHPs maintain an an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field.  Learn more.