CHSE-A Application

CHSEA Application Cycles

CHSE-A® applications are now reviewed in two application cycles every year.  Applicants should submit their applications prior to the application deadlines each year.

  • March 1: Applications are due; reviews are completed over the next two months with notifications being made by May 1.
  • September 1: Applications are due; reviews are completed over the next two months with notifications being made by November 1.

CHSEA Application Process

The CHSE-A® application is separate from the CHSE® renewal process.  There are a few key points the applicant should understand:

  1. The CHSE-A® if granted assumes the CHSE® expiration dates (no matter how much time is left).
  2. The applicant should renew their CHSE® if they are close to their expiration date and are applying for CHSE-A®.
  3. The fees for the CHSE-A® application are separate from the CHSE® renewal fee and both must be paid. 
  4. Alternatively, if CHSE-A® is granted and the certificant must now renew, the renewal fee still applies and must be paid.

Download this flowchart (pdf) of how the CHSE-A® application process functions and relates to the CHSE® certification.


The CHSE-A® Handbook (pdf) includes the information on requirements, the process for applying, all applicable rules, and any other information that should help the applicant in preparing and submitting a portfolio.

CHSEA Submitting your Structured Portfolio

The CHSE-A® Application Worksheet has the instructions for each item that is required for submission.  The following are what is required:

CHSEA Portfolio Application Fees

The fees to apply for CHSE-A® are as follows and can be submitted by clicking below after you have submitted your CHSE-A® portfolio:

SSH Members $150 (USD) (also applies to organizations that support CHSE-A®)

All Others $250 (USD)

Note that this fee is separate from your certification fee, and just covers the application and review of your CHSE-A® portfolio.

 Questions? Contact the Certification Director


CHSEA Please complete your payment here when you submit your portfolioClick here to pay your application fee