Become Certified

Your Path to Certification

The path to certification is easy.  You can proceed at your own pace in a self-directed manner. To get started we suggest you look at the Overviews for each of the major steps. At any time, we will be glad to help with your questions. Still not sure if the CIH is right for you? Learn what other CIHs have to say about this certification and what it has meant to their career.

Key Steps Review your eligibility and learn of the key requirements.  If you have qualification gaps, contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss how best to close them.

Don’t have time? Use the 2-minute Eligibility Self-Assessment tool. 
The application process requires your education transcripts and 2 professional references.

The application fee is $150.
After approval, you can then schedule the Exam.

The exam fee is $350.
Key Dates Do anytime! All application materials are due by:

Feb 1 for the Spring exam
Aug 1 for the Fall exam
Exam Windows:

Spring: April 1 – May 31
Fall: Oct 1 – Nov 30

An applicant or re-applicant declared ineligible for examination may resubmit or modify his or her application on the basis of new or supplemental information within two years of the filing date of the initial application without paying an additional reapplication fee.

Examination Fee $350 If a candidate cancels his or her examination with the testing center at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled exam, the fee will be carried over to the next exam window. If the cancelation is made less than 48 hours in advance, the fee is forfeited.

REFUNDS:  Refunds will only be issued due to billing errors. If you feel there is an error on your account, please contact our office immediately.