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Eligibility Requirements for Certified in Homeland Security, CHS®


CHS Level I (CHS-I) - Understanding Homeland Security and Its Impact on National Security
  • Recommended one year experience in homeland security
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct

The assessment component of the CHS-I is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain CHS-I certification, those with CHS-I designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle. This is waived if the CHS-I holder obtains the CHS-II credential within that 3 year period.

CHS Level II (CHS-II) - Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
  • Hold the CHS-I credential; or have 2 years of relevant homeland security experience relevant to the topics covered in CHS I and CHS II as referenced in the CHS candidate handbook
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct

The assessment component of the CHS-II is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain the CHS-II certification, those with CHS-II designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle. This is waived if the CHS-II holder obtains the CHS-III credential within that 3 year period.

CHS Level III (CHS-III) - Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Hold the CHS-II credential; or have 3 years of relevant homeland security experience related to the topics covered in CHS- I, CHS-II, and CHS-III as referenced in the CHS candidate handbook
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct

The assessment component of CHS-III is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain the CHS-III certification, those with CHS-III designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle. This is waived if the CHS-III holder obtains the CHS-IV credential within that 3 year period.

CHS Level IV (CHS-IV) - Response/Recovery
  • Hold the CHS-III credential; or four (4) years of experience combined with general training, knowledge, skill, and education in a homeland security-related area connected to the topics examined n CHS-I, CHS-II, CHS-III, CHS-IV, and CHS-V
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct

The assessment component of CHS-IV is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain the CHS-IV certification, those with CHS-IV designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle. This is waived if the CHS-IV holder obtains the CHS-V credential within that 3 year period.

Applicants are encouraged to complete all three courses listed below, offered by FEMA free of charge, before attempting to take the CHS Level IV exam.

FEMA IS-100.B - Introduction to Incident Command System

FEMA IS-700.A - NIMS An Introduction

FEMA IS-800.B - NRF An Introduction

CHS Level V (CHS-V) Prevention, Response, and Mitigation
  • Hold the CHS-III credential; or four (4) years of experience combined with general training, knowledge, skill, and education in a homeland security-related area connected to the topics examined n CHS-I, CHS-II, CHS-III, CHS-IV, and CHS-V
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Agreement to uphold the ABCHS Code of Conduct

The assessment component of CHS-V is a certification exam that covers critical aspects of homeland security. To maintain the CHS-V certification, those with CHS-V designations are required to obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per three-year recertification cycle.

G.I. Bill

Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Levels I-V are approved for the G.I. Bill Benefits.
G.I. Bill Reimbursement Information For Certifications

The following ABCHS certification programs are approved for G.I. Bill Benefits:

  • Sensitive Security Information, Certified®
  • Certified in Disaster Preparedness, CDP-I®
  • Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level I
  • Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level II
  • Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level III
  • Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level IV
  • Certified in Homeland Security, CHS® Level V
  • The Intelligence Analyst Certified, IAC®
  • Certified Master Chaplain, CMC
  • Certified National Threat Analyst, CNTA®
  • Certified Homeland Security Emergency Medical Response, CHSEMR













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