The Benefits of CPHQ for Your Workforce

In 1983, NAHQ introduced the only accredited certification in healthcare quality, the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality – the CPHQ.


More than 15,000 healthcare professionals hold the CPHQ certification globally


The certification is increasingly in demand by organizations, as evidenced by more than half of jobs in NAHQ’s Career Center requiring or preferring candidates hold this credential.

If your organization is committed to improving healthcare quality, hiring, training and retaining CPHQs will accelerate your progress.

NAHQ research shows CPHQs

  • Work at higher levels of competency compared with 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, VP.

Core CPHQ Content

The CPHQ incorporates the body of knowledge in the healthcare quality profession.

The CPHQ is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

Learn more about NAHQ's CPHQ program.


Organizational leadership, including structure and integration; regulatory, accreditation, and external recognition; education, training and communication.


Health data analytics, including design and data collection, measurement and analytics, and communication.


Performance and process improvement (PPI), including identification of improvement opportunities, implementation, and evaluation.


Patient safety, including assessment and planning; implementation and evaluation.