Certified Health Care Recruiter (CHCR) Credential

Recruiting is challenging in any industry, but health care recruitment faces more challenges than most, from budgetary constraints and limited resources to shortages of experienced health care workers and ever-changing reimbursement policies. NAHCR is pleased to provide health care recruiters with the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness to face these challenges by earning the Certified Health Care Recruiter (CHCR) designation.

The 2020 CHCR exam has gone virtual! Click here to register.

  1. Exam date is Friday, September 25 at 2 pm eastern.
  2. You must have an active Internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps, webcam, working microphone and speakers / headphones and attend the exam from laptop or desktop.
  3. Supported browsers for the exam are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


Candidates must have at least two years' experience and currently be working as a health care recruiter at the time of application.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received at least two weeks in advance of the examination. No registrations will be accepted after that date. 

Examination Fees

Exam Fees: $450 for members and $595 for non-members 

Payment may be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express), cashier's check or money order made payable to NAHCR. Examination registration fees are not refundable or transferable and expire in one year. 

NOTE: Registration for the NAHCR annual conference is recommended, but not required, to register for the CHCR Exam. 

General Examination

The CHCR exam is composed of approximately ninety (90) questions covering the essential topics for today’s health care recruiters.


Approximate Percentage on Exam

The Recruitment Process


The Law and Recruitment


The Selection Process


Strategic Recruitment Plans


Compensation and Benefits


The Recruiter’s Job Description


Recruitment Metrics


Key Terms



Candidates will have approximately two hours to complete this examination.  

Resource Guide

Upon confirmation of their eligibility to sit for the exam, candidates will be provided with a link to a downloadable resource guide. Please note that the resource guide is a supplement to learned experience, not a substitute for the general health care recruiting knowledge needed to pass the exam. 

Exam Results

Exam results will be mailed to the candidate’s address within two (2) weeks of the examination. 

Recertification Process & Requirements

Already a CHCR? Members who hold the CHCR must recertify their credentials every two years. This can be done through either continuing education or reexamination. Click here for more information about recertification.