Excellence. Achievement. Recognition.

Set yourself apart from your peers and distinguish yourself as an experienced educator in healthcare simulation by earning the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification. 

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 Why Certify?

  • Receive formal professional recognition of your specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments in simulation education.
  • Confirm your commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Receive international recognition for your professional accomplishments
  • Demonstrate your skills and specialized knowledge to employers, practitioners and the public
  • Join over 1450 healthcare simulationists from 30 countries who have become a CHSE!

 CHSE  Eligibility Criteria

The CHSE is intended for individuals who perform healthcare simulation in the educator role without restriction to:

  • simulation modality
  • setting (locations where simulation takes place)
  • geographic location
  • learner population
  • function (e.g. teaching, assessment)
  • profession

An individual may apply to become certified if they meet the following criteria:

  • participate in healthcare simulation in an educational role.
  • demonstrate focused simulation expertise with learners in undergraduate, graduate, allied health, or healthcare practitioners.
  • possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • document two years continued use of simulation in healthcare education, research, or administration.

*Any candidate who does not have a Bachelor's degree may petition the Committee for consideration of equivalency based on experience.


 Benefits of Certification

  • Improves healthcare simulation education through the identification of best practices and recognition of practice
  • Improves healthcare simulation education through providing standardization and a pool of knowledge of best practices
  • Strengthens patient safety efforts through support of simulation modalities
  • Provides external validation of individual educator knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Strengthens organizational, community, and learner confidence in the quality of education
  • Garners local support, resources, and commitment
  • Fosters a feedback loop between education and practice
  • Encourages performance improvement and knowledge expansion of the individual educator
  • Programs with certified simulation professionals receive a competitive edge in the community, program offerings, and grant funding
  • Recognizes expertise in simulation above and beyond domain expertise


Consistent with its mission, SSH developed the certification process for educators focused on healthcare simulation. This program has been developed over a number of years with the input of many individuals representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experience in healthcare simulation.  Individuals from the international healthcare simulation community including other simulation societies contributed to the success of CHSE Certification. SSH  thanks everyone who has participated in the development of CHSE Certification.

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, CHSE and the CHSE logo are all trademarks of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  A currently certified CHSE may use the CHSE title as prescribed in the CHSE handbook.  All other uses are forbidden without the express written consent of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.



NOVA, Simulation Australasia/ASSH, INACSL, ASPE, and NLN support CHSE

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