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Taking the CHT Exam

Healthcare professionals seeking their CHT certification must follow these three steps:


1.  Register and pay the $240* test fee with the California Kidney Care Alliance. 

2. Schedule and take your exam through PSI Testing

3. Send your application and Pass Certificate to the California Department of Public Health

*The exam fee will increase to $250 on May 1, 2024

California Kidney Care Alliance has contracted with PSI Services LLC (PSI) to deliver the Hemodialysis Technician examination. PSI has testing centers in major cities throughout the United States. They offer testing throughout the week with options in the morning and evening. View testing sites and dates.


Step 1: Register and Pay

1. Click the button below to register and pay for the test. 

  • You must register for the exam with your legal first and last name as it appears on government-issued identification.

  • Typos or errors in your email address or other information will delay your registrations.

​2. We will contact you with 2 business days to notify you of your approval status. If approved, we will send you an email confirmation with your ID number and next steps. 

Step 2: Schedule and Take Exam

1. Log onto the PSI website. Create an account with a username and password. Note: You will need the ID number you received with your confirmation from California Kidney Care Alliance.

2. Select "Certification/Professional Associations" and then pick the link associated with the "CA Dialysis Council" exam.  Complete the online registration form and submit your information to PSI.


3. Pick your desired testing location and time. 


Questions About Scheduling

Call PSI at 800-211-2754 Monday-Friday between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific or Saturday between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Pacific.  



You may cancel or reschedule your exam appointment by notifying PSI at least two days before the scheduled exam.  You will forfeit your exam fee if you: 

  • Cancel your appointment within two days of your scheduled exam. 

  • Do not show up for your appointment.

  • Arrive late to your appointment.

  • Do not bring proper identification to your appointment. 


Special Examination Arrangements
All exam centers provide access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and every reasonable accommodation will be made to meet a candidate’s needs.  Applicants with disabilities must get pre-approved by California Kidney Care Alliance Please email inquiries to mail@californiadialysis.orgBEFORE scheduling your exam with PSI. 


Test Day Instructions

  • Arrive to the test site at least 30 minutes before your appointment. 

  • You will be asked to sign in and provide identification. 

  • Candidates must provide one of the following forms of identification. The first and last name must match the application. Expired IDs will not be accepted. 

    • State issued driver’s license

    • State issued ID card

    • US Passport

    • US Military ID Card

    • US Alien Registration Card

  • Failure to provide proper identification will result in a forfeit of exam fees. 

  • The following items are not allowed in the exam room:

    • Personal electronic devices, except those that are a medical necessity

    • Children or guests

    • Cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), recording devices, cameras, pagers, purses, notebooks, notebook computers, reference or reading material, music players, radios, electronic games, calculators, or briefcases.

    • Personal items including watches, backpacks, pens, pencils, or other writing devices, food, drinks and good-luck items. 

    • Hats, baseball caps, or visors (with the exception of religious apparel), coats, shawls, hooded clothing, heavy jackets or overcoats.

  • The following addition securities will be enforced: 

    • No talking or other forms of communications with other exam takers.

    • No smoking, eating or drinking.

    • No leaving the room before you complete the exam.



A pass/fail score will be given at the end the exam.

  • If you pass, an online certificate will be available to print from the CKCA website within five business days.

  • If you fail, more information will be provided to you. After five days, you may to register and pay for the exam again.

Step 3: Send Application and Results to CDPH

Once you have passed the exam, go to the Exam Results page. Download and complete the CHT Application and mail it to the California Department of Public Health along with your exam certificate and proof of completion of training.

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