The Certified Healthcare Information Security Leader Program 

    The Certified Healthcare Information Security Leader (CHISL) is a Strategic Executive who demonstrates dynamic, forward-thinking leadership with technical proficiency and tactical knowledge. Above all else, the CHISL is a Communicator both externally and internally to the organization. They lead networks of people managing the protection of networks on which the healthcare industry depends to deliver safe and efficient care. Each CHISL contributes to the overall protection of the Healthcare Infrastructure. The CHISL exam evaluates the prospect across the following Success Factors divided into 7 Domains of Knowledge.

    Expectations of Certification Holders (Program Objectives)

    • Formulate and implement policies and solutions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of security foundations and practical applications of information technology for healthcare organizations.
    • Ensure that information security strategic planning is aligned with the organization’s clinical and business objectives, including in areas such as cost effectiveness and patient safety.
    • Apply their knowledge to assess an information security situation and manage an appropriate security response.
    • Effectively communicate information security assessments, plans and actions for technical and nontechnical audiences/stakeholders.
    • Identify emerging information security issues and utilize knowledge of information security theory and practice to investigate causes and solutions.
    • Apply a standards based approach to implement the principles and applications of risk management, including business impact analyses, cost-benefit analyses, and implementation methods that map to healthcare business needs/requirements.
    • Integrate the elements of information security management – Policy, Strategic and Continuity Planning, Programs and Personnel – into a coordinated operation.
    • Articulate positive and socially responsible positions on ethical, regulatory and legal issues associated with the protection of information and privacy.
    • Collaborate with other business, clinical, and IT leaders to devise incident response and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) strategies for cybersecurity and other events that affect the availability of critical data and IT infrastructure.

    View the list of CHISL Certified Professionals – (Updated September 2023)


    Program enrollment is $625. Enrollment into the CHISL program, value includes:

    • CHISL application (Must be completed prior to enrollment)
    • The CHISL exam study materials that include the reading materials divided by domain, a CHISL practice exam and the CHISL blueprint
    • CHISL exam registration

    Upon completion of the CHISL program enrollment form you will be contacted by a member of the CHIME team to continue your journey through the program.


    The CHISL examination consists of 125 multiple choice questions, including scenario-based and independent questions. The examination will be taken without the aid of study guides or other resources. The exam must be completed within 2.5 hours. The CHISL examination is offered at CHIME in-person events, online remote, and at testing centers worldwide.

    Online Exam

    Remote Testing: Testing in the convenience of your office or home office is available through CHIME University.

    Exam Study Materials

    Upon enrollment into the CHISL program you will receive a link to the CHISL exam study materials. These materials include the CHISL reading materials divided by domain, a CHISL practice exam and the CHISL blueprint.


    Who is Eligible to participate in the CHISL program?
    To participate in the CHISL program an individual must be a current AEHIS member in good standing. Once an individual meets the requirements of membership and becomes a member of AEHIS they are eligible to enter the CHISL program.

    CHISL Candidate Requirements
    Becoming CHISL Certified


    The CHISL program requires individuals to participate in professional development and educational activities. Both CHIME and AEHIS associations utilize Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to measure participation.

    CHIME and AEHIS recognize ONE hour of professional development and educational activity participation as equivalent to ONE CEU.

    Submitting CEUs for CHIME/AEHIS & Non-CHIME/AEHIS Events

    Please select CHIME/AEHIS CEUs to submit credits for events and sessions sponsored by CHIME affiliated events. All other submissions outside of CHIME and AEHIS should be reported as non-CHIME/AEHIS CEUs.

    How to Submit CEUs:

    • For non-CHIME/AEHIS submissions, please include provider’s name in the event title
    • Archived submissions must include original date in description and date applied in start and end dates
    • Multiple (up to three) events may be submitted on one form, but all must fall under the same
      category, non-CHIME or CHIME events

    Qualifying CEU Opportunities

    CEU Reports/Transcripts


    To maintain/renew your CHISL & CHISL-Eligible status:

    *In lieu of submitting CEUs, one may sit for the CHISL exam. If you have completed at least 80% of your CEUs within three years, you may apply for a six-month extension to complete the remaining credits.
    +CHISLs can retain the CHISL credential should they leave their qualified role and are therefore not be able to maintain their membership. To keep their credential current, they would need to earn 45 CEUs. The requirement that half of the CEUs need to be from membership activities would be waived since they would no longer be eligible to attend CHIME/AEHIS events. The same does not apply to those with a CHCIO-Eligible status. 

    Have you recently met the three years of professional experience criteria to become a full CHISL?
    Complete the Status Request Form


ENROLL in Program AND Prep Course

For questions regarding the CHISL program please email [email protected] or call 734.665.0000.