Be one of the first Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists (CHSOS) in your simulation center!  

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CHSOS Why Certify?

Receive formal professional recognition of your specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments in simulation operations.
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 265 healthcare simulationists from eleven countries who have achieved this recognition.


 CHSOS  Eligibility Criteria


The CHSEOS is intended for individuals who perform healthcare simulation in the operations specialist 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 operations 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 of experience in a healthcare simulation operations role.


*Any candidate who does not have a Bachelor's degree may petition the Committee for consideration of equivalency based on experience PRIOR to applying to become a CHSOS.  Detailed information on the the equivalency process and information to be submitted can be found on the  CHSOS Equivalency webpage



CHSOS What is an Operations Specialist?


Healthcare simulation operations is representative of various staff and sometimes, faculty roles. The Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist and consequently the designation Simulation Operations Specialist, was not necessarily intended to endorse adoption of “SOS” over other titles.  Rather, SOS was to provide an inclusive “umbrella” term that embodies many different roles within healthcare simulation operations, including simulation technician, simulation technology specialist, simulation specialist, simulation coordinator, simulation AV specialist, etc.   These roles continue to evolve and is best understood by reviewing the domains expressed through the CHSOS blueprint.


CHSOS CHSOS Development

Consistent with its mission, SSH developed the certification process for operations specialists 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 the CHSOS Certification. SSH would like to thank everyone who has participated in the development of the CHSOS Certification.

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

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

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