California Association for Healthcare Quality
Since 1977 - More than 35 Years of Healthcare Quality


CAHQ has been actively involved in promoting certification for healthcare quality professionals since 1987. We believe that the study, examination, and ongoing certification process significantly strengthens the expertise and influence of the quality professional within the healthcare organization and positively impacts our ultimate goal of improved quality of patient care. Because of CAHQ's commitment, as of May 27, 2010, California has 919 active CPHQs. This is 13% of the total of 7,080 CPHQs and is 40% higher than the next highest state.

Continuing Education Credits Available CE Courses and Quizzes


The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality

The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) designation requires, first, successful completion of what has become an international examination under the auspices of the Healthcare Quality Certification Board, and then ongoing maintenance of CPHQ status through continuing education. The CPHQ Examination is now offered on an ongoing basis at 10 computerized testing sites in California. See for further Exam information.

CPHQ Exam Preparation

In partnership with Janet Brown's Company, JB Quality Solutions, Inc., CAHQ sponsors the Healthcare Quality Overview and Certification Workshop twice a year—in May and October. This two-day intensive Workshop provides current, principle-based information for quality professionals in all settings who are seeking an integrated overview of the field, studying for certification, or recertifying. 14 hours of continuing education credit for CPHQs are provided.


The concept of providing a Workshop for those seeking to be CPHQs began with CAHQ members in 1985.  Janet Brown had taken the first exam offered in 1984.  Janet Maronde and 11 other California colleagues asked Janet Brown to facilitate a study session the next year; all of them passed.  Janet Maronde subsequently became a member of the Healthcare Quality Certification Board (HQCB) and then its chair for two years.  She became the HQCB's first Executive Director in 1989, serving through 2003.

Janet Brown's initial 50 pages of "helpful study materials" grew into a 900-page, eight-chapter, annually revised Healthcare Quality Handbook: A Professional Resource and Study Guide.   This Handbook is the source text for the Healthcare Quality Overview and Certification Workshops.


If you are not yet certified, let us help you achieve that goal. CPHQs, consider this approved 14-hour CE course for CPHQ recertification. The Workshop is also approved for 16.8 CE hours for RNs.


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