Earning the distinction of becoming a Certified Healthcare Trustee demonstrates your commitment to leadership and continuing education as you govern in this complex environment. Medical professionals often attain board certifications and other designations to show their expertise and proficiency in a given area; earning your CHT allows you the opportunity to validate your governance competency and leadership commitment to your community and peers.
To earn the designation you must complete 24 hours of CE within three years of applying for your CHT, complete and pass the knowledge assignment and have your CEO sign off on CHT materials and certifying your one year of service on your board. Then you must submit CHT documents to THT.
Upon completing and passing the knowledge assessment you will be able to access and download the form that should be signed by the hospital or system's CEO.
No, the knowledge assessment can be taken at any time. However, all CHT application materials (e.g., the knowledge assessment completion form and continuing education completion forms) must be turned in simultaneously.
The knowledge assessment is only available online. It is available
Education hours can be taken from a variety of sources but approval is up to the discretion of THT staff. CE hours are accepted from professional organizations and associations such as the Texas Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. CE may also be counted toward CHT hours if educators and professionals are brought on site to educate the board at the hospital. If a CE completion form is not available from the education provider you may complete
this form. If you have specific questions about whether or not a certain session or seminar is accepted please contact Shirley Robinson.
If you need further assistance, contact
Melissa Klein with our Service Center.
Continuing education hours earned in the most recent three-year period prior to submitting your CHT application will qualify. A total of 24 hours of continuing education is required. Education can be face-to-face events or webinars.
To renew your CHT and maintain your designation you must complete and submit forms certifying the completion of 12 hours of continuing education, take and pass the knowledge assessment, and have your CEO sign off on your application form. Full details for renewal can be found
Applicants are expected to acquire and maintain certificates of completion for any CE that you attend. In applying for the CHT designation please turn in certificates of completion, or if you do not have one for a particular course, please fill out this form.
If you are applying for the first time you must have 24 hours of education within the past three years. If you are renewing your CHT you must have 12 hours of CE.
Education hours can be earned face-to-face education or webinars provided by professional organizations including Texas Healthcare Trustees, Texas Hospital Association and organizations such as TORCH, AHA, ACHE. Board members may submit hours earned from education held at their own organization or at other health care or governance-related organizations. All education hours are subject to approval. For questions on whether or not a specific course you attended counts toward your CHT email
If you have attended previous THT or THA events within the past three years and would like to verify the number of hours earned email
The fee ($125) for the CHT program application is incurred at the point of taking the knowledge assessment.
The knowledge assessment has an 80 percent pass rate and on average takes 15 minutes to complete.
Please store and file all CE documents you wish to submit to THT for certification. We ask that all paper work is submitted simultaneously.
If you are interested in becoming a CHT for the first time and would like to participate CHT events and recognition at the Healthcare Governance Conference you should turn in materials by June 1.
You may become certified at any point throughout the year, it is an open application window.
The cycle for the CHT designation is three years. Renew your certification within 90 days of your expiration date. When renewing your CHT you must complete 12 hours of CE within this three year time frame.
CHT Exam and Study Guide
Renew Your CHT