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Certified Homeland Protection Associate Certification Program

Certified Homeland Protection Associate

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

CHPA candidates must be current students or have graduated from an accredited college or university. They must have completed course work in predetermined areas relating to Homeland Protection which are determined by the Certification Board, and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Associate test.

To determine the requirements for the Certified Homeland Protection Professional, the Certification Board conducted an analysis of homeland security related functions. The Certification Board determined requisite College / University course work in the area of homeland protection, and developed an online course and related Homeland Protection Associate test.


All Certified Homeland Protection Associates (CHPA) applicants must possess the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or a Citizen of a Country in which the U.S. does not have Sanctions
  • At least 20 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 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Current Student enrolled at an accredited College or University or a Graduate of an accredited College or University.
  • Nine hours of course work in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Security Management, Criminal Justice, and/or Fire Science as approved by the Certification review committee. NSA Course Certificates and NDPCI Certificates in the knowledge areas will be automatically accepted. CHPA Course Requirements

Pass the Online Certified Homeland Protection Associate Course with a minimum score of 80%.

Online Course Syllabus (PDF)


Upon successful completion of all requirements and official notification of approval, the candidate may use the CHPA designation following their name, either as individuals or as part of any grouping or region to which they belong.

Application Submission

Applicants must submit a completed application along with supporting documentation including a 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, fax, or online.

CHPA Application Fee:

Global Society/NSA Member $195.00 Non-Member $295.00
To join the Global Society ($25 membership fee) and save on your certification fee please visit:  join.globalhomeland.org



The Homeland Protection Associate certificate is valid for two years. CHPA designees must submit a recertification application indicating their current enrollment at an accredited college or university with courses specifically relating to homeland security or anti-terrorism. Recertification Guide

By Mail:
NSA Attention: Certification Dept
742 Ten Rod Rd
Exeter, RI 02822