Exam Prep


Exam Study Resources

The following resources will help you prepare for the examination; the list does not include courses and/or materials that have not been developed by or endorsed by SSH.  

 Examination Blueprint

The examination blueprints list the domains and elements for each certification.  They were developed as a result of an extensive Practice Analysis for each certification.  Every question on each exam must map back to an element in the blueprint for that exam. The exam blueprints are considered the cornerstone for all preparatory resources, and each resource has been developed to the exam blueprints.

      NEW CHSE EXAMINATION BLUEPRINT (pdf)                                                     NEW CHSOS EXAMINATION BLUEPRINT (pdf)

 Preparatory Items

Please download this Examination Preparation document that has been prepared to share many methods that candidates may find useful in preparing for the exam.

Please review this list of behavioral verbs by category to see what verbs are used in the item-writing process, and will help the candidate to understand what level of knowledge, skills, and abilities is expected when answering the questions on the examinations.

REMINDER: all of the questions on the examinations are written to the two-year competency level for global simulation practice that is commonly accepted practice in all settings, grounded in both theory and practice.  Candidates should answer all questions within this framework.  Particular simulation setting practices may vary due to policy.

 Reference Lists

The following reference lists help you gather resources for preparation.  The lists are extensive, and are not intended to indicate that you should read every resource.  Instead, you should focus your reading efforts on areas you have identified as needing more learning.


 Practice Examination

Short practice examinations have been written by the same individuals who wrote the CHSE and CHSOS exams.  They are 30-question exams that are mapped to the same large domains as the full exams.  After you have taken the test, you can review the questions you answered correctly and which ones you did not.  In addition, each item has had rationales written to help you gain insight into why answers are "best".  These are great tools! There is a $75 (USD) charge to take the practice exam, and it remains available to you for 30 days after you sign up to take it.

Download the instructions on how take a Practice Exam,  

  • After completing the exam, you can click finish to review the results.  The correct answers are in green, incorrect in red, and then it will give a rationale.  The instructions on how to view their results will be provided upon completion of the Practice Exam.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive a maximum of 44.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.



Obtaining Credit for Attendance

Make sure to have your badge scanned as you enter the classroom. If your badge is not scanned, you will not receive credit. You will receive an email at the end of each day with a link to course evaluations. You must complete an online evaluation for each course you attend to receive credit. Contact imsh@ssih.org if you do not receive the link to the evaluations.

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