Eligibility & Candidate Handbook

To be eligible to sit for the CHID exam, you must have:

Eligibility Criteria

If you meet those criteria, the next steps are to:

  1. Submit a completed application form. A passport-size photograph, autographed across the front in blue ink must be attached to the application form.
  2. Supply evidence of NCIDQ/NCARB certification.
  3. Provide three (3) original signed letters of reference from clients preferably for different projects, on the clients’ letterhead, containing specific language that indicates the applicant’s specific role in the projects submitted with the portfolio. Client references can consist of: owner, project manager, construction manager or contractor.
  4. Submit your portfolio. * These projects are to depict a variety of healthcare spaces within Acute Care, Ambulatory Care and/or Residential Healthcare Facilities. These projects may be broken out to the different department areas within the larger project, such as an Emergency Department or an Inpatient Med/Surgical Unit. Projects can be of new construction, additions or renovation projects.
  5. Provide a supplemental list of other Healthcare and Residential Healthcare projects (encouraged, but not required).

The CHID exam is administered during two annual testing windows (April and October).  Specific dates and deadlines follow:

Dates and Deadlines

APRIL, 2018

  • January 15, 2018 Spring Application and Portfolio Submission Deadline
  • February 19, 2018 Spring Exam Registration Deadline
  • April 1-30, 2018 Spring Examination Window


  • July 16, 2018 Fall Application and Portfolio Submission Deadline
  • August 13, 2018 Fall Exam Registration Deadline
  • October 1-31, 2018 Fall Examination Window

To submit your application along with a portfolio, please download and review the Candidate Handbook.

AAHID Candidate Handbook