Homeland Security Certification (CHPA Level III)

National Sheriff's Association Institute for Homeland Security - Global Center for Public Safety

Those who hold level I through IV Certified Homeland Protection Associate (CHPA) designations have demonstrated to future employers that through course work and testing, they are prepared to begin a career and advance their career in the area of Homeland Security.

General Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or a Citizen of a Country in which the U.S. does not have Sanctions
  • At least 21 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past ten years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Current employment or volunteer on Public Safety and/or Security area


  • At least three years of professional or volunteer experience is required for this level in any Public Safety or Security area (Law enforcement, criminal justice, emergency management, safety, fire/rescue, etc.) or related area (Public health, volunteer management, chaplains, etc.).


  • Associates Degree or Certificate Diploma or a combination of work experience and classes attended (to be determined by the certification board)

Training and Examination for CHPA Level III (80 questions)

  • Incident Command System
  • Active Shooter
  • Crowd Control
  • On-Scene Protection
  • Cyber Terrorism
  • Bio-Terrorism
  • Eco-Terrorism
  • Emergency Planning

CHPA Level III Application Fee: Global Society Member $250 Non-Member $350
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Applicants must submit a completed application along with supporting documentation including a Driver’s License, resume, degree(s) or transcript(s) (if applicable), military record(s) (if applicable), and a copy of appropriate certifications or designations, and/or a copy of certificates from any completed homeland security related course (including those from DHS, FEMA, NSA and/or NDPCI). In addition, all U.S. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214 attesting no dishonorable discharge. Applicants can submit the documentation by mail or online.

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