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Q: Does CA accept international HS diplomas (for example - the Philippines) to be certified as a CCHT.

We have employees that have presented the company with an international High School Diploma as part of their education verification. Will the State of California accept an international HS Diploma to be certified as a CCHT (Certified Hemodialysis Technician) or will the person be required to obtain a GED?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To become certified as a Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) in California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent. The CDPH does recognize certain international high school diplomas, but the diploma must be evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation service to determine its equivalency to a U.S. high school diploma.

Here's the process:

1. The applicant must have their international high school diploma evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).

2. The evaluation service will determine if the international diploma is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma.

3. If the evaluation service determines that the international diploma is equivalent, the applicant can submit the evaluation report along with their CCHT application to the CDPH.

If the international diploma is not found to be equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, the applicant will need to obtain a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or an equivalent to meet the education requirement for CCHT certification in California.

It's important to note that requirements may change over time, so it's always best to check directly with the CDPH for the most up-to-date information on certification requirements.

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