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CHEP test prep guide and practice exam for healthcare emergency management

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional credential requires plenty of prep and study time and a 2.5-hour test.

The Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) credential requires candidates pass an exam divided into three domains:

  1. Healthcare Emergency Management Concepts (39% of the CHEP exam)
  2. Healthcare Disaster Preparedness and Response (35% of the exam)
  3. Emergency and Safety Compliance Standards (26% of the exam)

There are multiple variations of the exam. People taking the CHEP exam in the same room may get different versions of the test from someone next to them, or compared to an exam administered the last time a test was administered. This is why it’s critical you study and prepare, as CHEP credential holders are trained to do, to ensure passage the first time.

VPC’s CHEP courses and study material gives working professionals the skills they need to advance.

“The study material was spot on for the questions they asked. There were a lot of questions geared toward things that facilities check on a regular basis. VPC’s CHEP Prep process made the process easier. From the class all the way through to the test.”

— J. Beaver, Emergency Management Project Coordinator, Indiana

Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional practice test

VPC has prepared a short Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional practice test you can take online now. Your score will be displayed once you finish.

As the premiere credential for those serving healthcare emergency management roles, your knowledge from the CHEP prep course and study material is just as vital as your ability to think quickly in an emergency. 

Some tips for first-time exam takers:

  • Use this practice assessment to prepare, but recognize what, if anything, you get wrong and why. 
  • Recognize the kinds of questions you’re being asked, and identify the exam’s domain percentages. Emergency and Safety Compliance is 26% of the roughly 100-150 questions you will be asked. If you score well in these areas, but not in Healthcare Emergency Management Concepts, which is 39% of the exam, review the CHEP certification guide, ask team members, and consult other resources provided by your employer or federal agencies for more clarification and review.
  • Ensure the time you spend reviewing these questions and studying for the exam are similar to the environment you’ll be taking the test in. The CHEP exam is administered virtually or in-person, in either session, IBFCSM does not allow for personal devices like cell phones or any other study material to be nearby. When you study, set yourself up for success by mimicking this environment by asking family and colleagues to respect your time, close your email and notifications, and focus.
  • Hospital-based CHEP holders frequently have more real-world experience in CHEP functions by the nature of their day-to-day experience. If you are working in a role or facility that lacks day-to-day lived experience, such as in a small nursing facility, you should devote more time to reading and reviewing study guides provided by IBFCSM more closely.
  • Identify ways to maintain a consistent routine in the lead-up to the exam. CHEP certification exams are typically administered at various times of the day virtually. If you work nights, if you aren’t a morning person, or have a variable schedule, identify ways you can exercise some control over your sleep and eating schedule a week before the exam to get “in sync” with the exam time.

Maintain flexible emergency management efforts in your facility

CHEP certification signifies you have the knowledge and skills to maintain adequate preparation for emergencies and know how to react when a disaster occurs.

CHEP credential holders serve in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, public health departments, emergency management, safety, security, nursing, quality improvement, facility management, infection control, environmental services, and numerous other first response agencies and occupational health or risk management backgrounds. 

CHEP serves to protect patients and staff and ensure systematic methods for allocating actions and resources that meet vital areas of need. CHEP holders also embody the professional commitment and personal dedication necessary to ensure organizations maintain proactive disaster preparedness.

You can enroll in an upcoming CHEP certification prep course coming up soon. Most are available virtually. VPC also offers on-site CHEP group prep courses for healthcare organizations with numerous staff ready to earn their CHEP certification.

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