The Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced (CHSOS-A) certification is a portfolio-based certification for leaders in healthcare simulation operations.  This certification distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced operations specialists in their practice in healthcare simulation and serve as mentors and examples to others in the field. Individuals who are interested in obtaining this certification and demonstrating their high level of expertise are encouraged to apply.

Application Due Dates

The Certification Council has application cycles for CHSOS-A® applications.  Applications are due as follows:

  • March 1: Applications Due (May 1 notifications of decision)
  • September 1: Applications Due (November 1 notifications of decision)

CHSOS Certification Process

Step 1: Determine CHSOS-A® Eligibility

Step 2: Prepare CHSOS-A® Portfolio

Step 3: Submit CHSOS-A® Application

Step 4: Evaluation of CHSOS-A® Application

Step 5: Recognition of CHSOS-A®

Step 6: Renewal of CHSOS-A


Individuals who are applying to become a CHSOS-A should read the Application Handbook (pdf).

“My initial push to be certified was a challenge for myself. I wanted to prove that I had the core knowledge to work in the field of Simulation Operations.”

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CHSOS CHSOS-A 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 CHSOS-A Certification. SSH would like to thank everyone who has participated in the development of CHSOS-A Certification. 

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

Questions? Contact the Certification Director

March 2021 New CHSOS-A Announcement

Congratulations to the following individuals for achieving the new Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced™ (CHSOS-A™) certification!  Each of the applicants submitted a structured portfolio that was reviewed and evaluated by peer healthcare simualtionists.

This group of individuals is the first to be granted this certification that recognizes those who have advanced skills in the operations specialist role, have demonstrated leadership, and have influenced the healthcare simulation community beyond their own institution.


  • Mohammed Abuzitoon, King Saud University Clinical Skills & Simulation Center*, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Andremar (Andre) Amansec, Dignity Health, Phoenix, AZ
  • Hector Aranda, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso*, El Paso, TX
  • Keith Beaulieu, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Dave Biffar, Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC)*, Tuscon, AZ
  • Johnny Cartwright, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Tom Dongilli, Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER)*, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Amy Follmer, Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL), Kansas City, KS
  • Peter Ford, Echo Healthcare, Tacoma, WA
  • Guy Gilbert, SiMCentral, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo, Amarillo, TX
  • Kris Hara, John A Burns School of Medicine, SimTiki Simulation Center*, Honolulu, HI
  • Erica Hinojosa, University of Texas Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI)-Smart Hospital Facilities™, Arlington, TX
  • Chassity Mays, Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall-Indiana University*, Indianapolis, IN
  • James McTiernan, University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Simulation Center, Flint, MI
  • Russell Metcalfe-Smith, Cedars-Sinai Health System*, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sarah Prial, Houston Community College, Missouri City, TX
  • Abi Sayed, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • David Shablak, Orbis Education (Xavier), Indianapolis, IN
  • Syretta Spears, Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, University of Central Florida College of Nursing*, Orlando, FL
  • Guy Stotzer, La Source School of Nursing (La Source), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ronald Streetman, University of Michigan-Flint, School of Nursing Simulation Center, Flint, MI
  • Cory Wiley-Godoi, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Adrienne Wilk, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
  • Phillip Wortham, The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)*, Tampa, FL
  • Jarrod Young, UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS), Memphis, TN

*Indicates an SSH Accredited Program

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