Position Yourself for Career Advancement with the CPHQ

Join the ranks of nearly 14,000 CPHQ certified healthcare quality professionals.

What healthcare leaders are saying about the value of the CPHQ...

Earn the CPHQ

The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) is the only accredited certification in healthcare quality. It validates your knowledge of healthcare quality practices and competencies.

What You'll Gain

Through the CPHQ, you'll demonstrate your commitment to advancing healthcare quality. Earn this sought-after credential to

  • Showcase your competence in healthcare quality and commitment to the profession
  • Distinguish yourself from other healthcare professionals focused on quality
  • Enhance your credibility with peers and your broader network
  • Signal your readiness to improve health outcomes
  • Position yourself to take on new opportunities and roles

The Value of CPHQ

Employers value the CPHQ. In fact, more job postings for healthcare quality and related leadership roles on NAHQ’s Career Center either require or strongly prefer CPHQs. NAHQ research shows CPHQs

  • Work at higher levels of competency compared to non-CPHQs in all eight domains of NAHQ’s Healthcare Quality Competency Framework
  • Aspire to be thought leaders within the healthcare quality arena
  • Are more likely to hold higher job titles than those who do not have CPHQ. Job titles include: director, executive director, vice president

CPHQ Exam Update for 2023

As the only accredited certification in healthcare quality, the CPHQ must undergo periodic content updates to address changes in the field and ensure the exam content outline is relevant, timely, and representative of the industry. NAHQ recently conducted a job task analysis (JTA) for the CPHQ, which is a credentialing-industry best practice for environmental scanning and validating content of educational and certification programs. Through the iterative JTA process, we heard from professionals around the world and identified areas to update the exam content and ensure the program is representative of the work healthcare quality professionals are doing today. As a result, NAHQ has published a new exam content outline that will take effect on March 15, 2023. The main updates include:

  • A restructuring of content domains for a closer alignment of the exam content outline to NAHQ’s industry-standard Healthcare Quality Competency Framework
  • The elimination of overlap in topics across multiple content domains
  • The addition of population health topics in a new content domain

While the updated exam reflecting the new content will go live on March 15, 2023, NAHQ has resources available to help you earn your CPHQ credential, regardless of where you are on your certification journey.

Candidates planning to take the exam before March 15, 2023, should use the current exam content outline. Additional resources related to the current outline can be accessed below.

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Are you ready for CPHQ?

Take our free practice exam!  Assess your readiness for test day with these 35 free CPHQ practice exam questions.

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CPHQ FAQs

What is the passing score?
What does it mean that the CPHQ exam is accredited?
  • The CPHQ exam is the only fully accredited credential in the field of healthcare quality.  
  • The CPHQ is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which is the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.  
  • The NCCA reviews certifying organizations against a set of rigorous standards and grants accreditation to those who are able to meet those requirements.  
  • The NCCA promotes excellence in competency assurance for practitioners in all occupations and professions by approving their certification processes.  
  • It assures the public and employers of the quality, validity and legal defensibility of the CPHQ credential and attests to the professional commitment of those who achieve this recognition. 
  • To maintain this accreditation status, NAHQ must apply for reaccreditation every 5 years. The CPHQ exam is currently accredited through 2023, and we will apply for reaccreditation at that time.  
Why should I become a CPHQ?
  • COVID-19 has put quality and safety center stage, and those with a strong quality toolkit are thriving in this public health crisis. Once we reach a post-pandemic time, healthcare professionals who possess these quality tools and competencies, embodied by the gold-standard CPHQ credential, will continue to be viewed as invaluable leaders and contributors to their organization.
Who should become CPHQ Certified?
  • CPHQ candidates and certificants span the continuum of care and hold positions at various levels in their healthcare career. While there are no formal requirements to sit for the CPHQ exam, it is recommended that candidates have at least 2 years of experience in healthcare quality.
Do I qualify for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) examination?
  • There are no formal eligibility requirements to sit for the exam. It is recommended that candidates have at least 2 years of experience in the healthcare quality profession. The exam is written with the 2-year healthcare quality professional in mind. Please refer to the content outline for detailed content information and tools to assess readiness.