Earn Your 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 helps health care recruiters demonstrate their readiness to face these challenges by earning the Certified Health Care Recruiter (CHCR) designation.

The CHCR is highly valued by health care and talent acquisition professionals at all stages of their careers because it deepens their understanding of the role of hospital administration to recruit for the right fit in each setting. 

View a list of current Certified Health Care Recruiters

Examination Date

The next certification examination will be offered online on Friday, August 23, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by Friday, August 9, 2024. No registrations will be accepted after that date. 

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Candidate Requirements

Candidates must have at least two years' experience as a health care recruiter.

Technical Requirements

  1. You must have an active Internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps, webcam, microphone and speakers/headphones.
  2. You will need a Windows based laptop or desktop (MacBook is also supported).
  3. You must have admin rights to your computer. Restricted user profiles will face permissions issues.
  4. The assessment is not supported on restricted network i.e. corporate networks, college or university networks, VPN, etc. Please ensure that the exam is taken on a private or unrestricted network.

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. 

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 emailed to the candidate’s email 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.