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Applying for CCHP-A

Applying for CCHP-A


All Certified Correctional Health Professionals who have been certified for at least three years in the basic program and wish to deepen their knowledge of and commitment to the field of correctional health.


Advanced Certification is a two-part process. The first is an extensive application detailing the individual’s experience and contributions to the field of correctional health care. The application is divided into four categories:

  • Education and Training assesses formal education, licenses and certifications, job-related skills and participation in continuing education activities.
  • Employment assesses time spent in the health care profession and the portion spent in correctional health care. Professional responsibilities and professional achievements and recognitions are also considered.
  • Contribution to the Profession assesses overall involvement in the applicant’s profession. Memberships in professional organizations, service to the profession (e.g., serving on boards or committees) and scholarship and teaching (e.g., teaching courses, publishing articles) are considered.
  • CCHP Performance/Quality of Application considers the applicant’s score on the initial certification exam and the quality of the application itself. Also considered are the quality and tone of the supporting letters submitted on the applicant’s behalf.
    The application is reviewed by the CCHP Board of Trustees. If it is not accepted, a description of its deficiencies will be provided and the applicant will be given an opportunity to submit supplemental documentation.

If the application is accepted, the candidate proceeds to take the examination.

For more details, see the CCHP-A Brochure, which contains program information, a study guide and the application.


Please follow the instructions on this form to request testing accommodations.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The Advanced CCHP examination is administered at each NCCHC conference (see the Exam Calendar), at Prometric test centers and online. The application must be submitted at least three months prior to the exam in which you plan to participate.


Applicants will receive notification of their candidacy after all elements of the application have been received and the Board of Trustees reviews their applications (typically within one month). Candidates may take the exam any time within six months of receiving approval.


The $420 application fee for CCHP-A certification is payable when the application is submitted for review. If the application is not approved on the first review, a second review of additional materials will be considered at no charge if the application is resubmitted within a six-month period. There is no charge to take the exam at an NCCHC conference the first time. Prometric charges $72 to proctor the exam online or at a test center.

Attention veterans: You may be eligible for reimbursement of the fee by the Veterans Administration. Learn more.