Certified Healthcare Trustee


A Commitment to Good Governance

In this rapidly changing health care environment great leadership needs to be a constant. THT’s Certified Healthcare Trustee designation is earned through a voluntary program designed to help health care board members become better leaders and show their commitment to good governance to their hospital and community.

By earning your CHT you show that you are qualified to make effective and efficient decisions for the future of your health care organization. In this evolving industry it is vital for board members to be prepared and excel as leaders in this field. Transform from a good board member to an exceptional asset for your hospital or health care system.

By becoming a CHT you:

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  • Show your commitment to your community and the health care industry.
  • Demonstrate your governance and health care expertise.
  • Increase your confidence as a leader.
  • Differentiate yourself.
  • Increase your network.

How to Become a CHT

To become a CHT, board members must complete the following:

  • CHT Application Fee, $125.
  • Pass the CHT exam with a score of 70 or higher.

Email [email protected] to confirm your continuing education credits to see if you qualify to take the CHT exam.

Continuing Education Requirements

To have continuing education hours counted you must submit a record of attendance to THT staff; this may include a CE certificate of completion (preferred), event agenda, event handouts, etc. THT may require additional supporting documentation to be submitted and/or completion of THT’s CE completion form.

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, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and other organization. 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 PDF form and send it into the THT office or complete this online form. All CE submitted is subject to approval from THT staff.

Email [email protected] if you have questions about your continuing education requirements.

CHT Exam

To take the CHT exam, email [email protected]with proof of your continuing education credits. Once approved, a link to the online exam will be sent to you via email along with an invoice for the CHT application fee ($125 for THT members and $175 for non-members). You will have three opportunities to take and pass the exam..

CHT Application and Verification

Once you have completed and passed the exam you will be able to download and print the verification form for your CEO to sign. Return the certificate of completion and verification form to [email protected].

This program has a term of three years with an option to renew after the third year. Education must either be completed through approved sources or completed in specific categories.

Mail copies of the certificate of completion, verification form and education proof of attendance to:

THT-Board Certification
1108 Lavaca, Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701


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