The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) and its sub-boards sponsor certification programs in various homeland security-related areas. The goal of each program is to validate the professional knowledge and skills of certified individuals in a particular area related to homeland security.
The Association employs intricate, Subject Matter Expert-driven processes for establishing certification program policy, enforcing ethics, developing and administering exams, and operating continuing education programs. These processes align with industry standards (such as those set forth by the American National Standards Institute and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies), which deliver programs with relevant scopes with well-developed policies, procedures, and examinations derived from best practices. In this way, those who hold certifications from ABCHS can be confident that their credentials are valid and relevant to their area of homeland security.
CHS-IV credential holders have basic knowledge of FEMA’s incident command system, National Incident Management System, and National Response Framework. This certification focuses on validating knowledge of candidates specific to the Response and Recovery aspect of homeland security. Other aspects of homeland security include Prevention, Preparedness, Mitigation, Education, and advanced topics like weapons of mass destruction, which is specifically assigned to the highest certification, CHS-V. The target population is homeland security officials that hold responsibility in responding to disasters and terrorist attacks. This credential is vital for homeland security officials to provide mid-level homeland security managers in emergency management and public safety & security with base knowledge in how to minimize the damage caused by terrorist attacks. This delineation of aspects of homeland security was used to drive the differentiation discussions of the three levels that were the foundation for establishing the minimally competent candidate definitions as part of the standard setting process.