CHSE Examination


CHSE CHSE® Examination Description

The CHSE® examination is a maximum of two hours in duration unless an extension has been requested and approved.  There are 115 questions on the examination.  All questions are multiple-choice questions with 4 options from which to select the answer. All questions on the examination must map to at least one of the items in the CHSE® examination blueprint (pdf).

CHSE Scheduling an Exam

SSH does not schedule your examination, the choice of date, time, and location is the responsibility of the candidate.

When the application has been approved, SSH will notify the exam company, ISOQuality Testing, Inc (IQT).  The candidate will receive an email from IQT with instructions to schedule the exam. From date of approval and notification, there is 90 days to complete the exam. The candidate should plan to schedule to take the examination during this 90-day period of time. 

CHSE Examination Day Requirements

Candidates should arrive at the examination location in a timely manner.  You may not be permitted to enter if you arrive late.  Candidates MUST bring the Admission Letter and a government issued photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license) to the examination.  The admission letter is emailed to the candidate after registering for the examination.

Sample Admission Letter (pdf)

CHSE Testing Locations

The Certification Council is very pleased to announce the addition of the Prometric testing network through its partnership with SMT.  This adds hundreds of testing sites to candidates in the US and around the world.  This is a fantastic addition and will support obtaining your CHSE®!  

The Prometric testing network looks like this:

Testing is available year-round at the testing sites that are available through SMT and its partners. 


SSH has worked to add additional locations for testing as appropriate. These locations can be found when selecting your date, time, and location to take the exams. Additional locations (currently):

  • SimOps 2020, July 15, 2020 (time TBD)

Additional sites will be added as arranged.

CHSE Exam Accommodations

If you need special accommodations to take the exam, these can be requested in the application form (on the appropriate tab).

This INCLUDES if you are requesting extended time due to English being your second language.

CHSE Exam Results

The results of the examination are normally available on completion of the exam, either on the screen, or by a printed results sheet (dependent on testing site).  Scoring is completed using a scaled score due to the multiple forms used, a 700 is required to pass.  Each correct answer is counted towards the total score, there is no penalty for incorrect answers.  Each form is equated to provide an equal chance to pass with this 700 score.

Results are either given as Pass or Fail.  Passing results have no further information provided (no scale score).  Fail results provide both the scale score as well as the percentage of questions answered completely in each domain.  This is the only information provided to each individual.  No review of individual questions or of the whole exam forms is permitted.

CHSE Reexamination

If you were unsuccessful on the CHSE exam, you make take it again. Candidates may take the examination once every 90 days, and no more than four (4) times in a calendar year. Use the information from the previous exam to determine what further study you need.

In order to retake the examination CLICK HERE and submit the request and reexamination fee. You must be logged in to the SSH system.

CHSE Fees for CHSE®

First time application only (application fee includes the first examination attempt):
$395 (USD) for members of SSH and other supporting organizations
$495 (USD) for all others

Reexamination fee :
$175 (USD) for members of SSH and other supporting organizations
$275 (USD) for all others

Questions? Email the Certification Coordinator

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