CPHQ Examination


The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality© (CPHQ) examination is offered throughout the year at more than 130 US computer testing centers.

NAHQ members pay $370, while nonmembers pay $440. Join NAHQ to save $70. All CPHQ Fees are non-refundable.

See the list of exam candidates who earned the CPHQ certification in the past year.

Apply online
Apply by check


How to Apply Online

For international candidates, please be advised that effective July 20, 2015 applications are not being accepted for testing at international sites. Testing at international sites has been suspended through the end of 2015. Applications to test in the US will still be accepted. Candidates that have applied for the exam prior to July 20, 2015 will be allowed to test at international test sites.  Any candidate that applies after this date to test at an international site will be refunded any fees that were paid for the cost of the exam.

1.Download the CPHQ Candidate Handbook. (PDF)
2. Review the examination outline on page 17 of the CPHQ Candidate Handbook.
3. Apply for the exam through NAHQ's secure website (you will receive further instructions in regards to scheduling your exam after the application is complete).

How to Apply by Check

1. Download the CPHQ Candidate Handbook (PDF) for complete testing details.
2. Review the examination outline on page 17 of the CPHQ Candidate Handbook.
3. Apply for the exam but do not submit payment. Print the final application and mail in the check for the appropriate fees to:

8735 W. Higgins Rd
Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60631
Please note: there is an additional $25 fee for payment by check.
4. Upon receiving confirmation from the Testing Company (AMP), view a list of testing centers and schedule your examination through AMP's secure website. 
5. Study for the examination.

How to Schedule Your Exam

1. AFTER completing your application and payment through NAHQ's secure website, you can now proceed to schedule your exam.
2. You will receive confirmation from the testing company, AMP, that your application has been received.
3. Upon receiving confirmation from the Testing Company (AMP), view a list of testing centers and schedule your examination through AMP's secure website.
4. Study for the examination.

How to Prepare

shutterstock_114113611HQCC recommends you review the resource list when considering preparation materials. Study programs should be based on individual needs, but most candidates with healthcare quality experience should plan to spend 6 weeks to 3 months in preparation.

To help you determine your level of preparation, consider purchasing the CPHQ Self-Assessment Exam from the NAHQ Online Store to help identify areas for focus.


If you have specific questions about the examination application, contact NAHQ.

P: 800.966.9392
F: 847.375.6320
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If you are a CPHQ interested in contributing items for inclusion in the CPHQ examination, download the CPHQ Secrets of Competency Writing Webcast available in the NAHQ Online Store.

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