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Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers

Certified Life Safety Specialist

The NFPA Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers program was created in 2015 after extensive market research was conducted with facility managers within the health care industry.

The research indicated a strong desire among health care facility managers to have a credential that highlights their knowledge of the many life safety challenges within a health care environment and how to keep their facilities in compliance with the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code.

Note: To all Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) surveyor candidates: CMS requires Life Safety Code Surveyor candidates pass the NFPA Certified Fire Inspector – I (CFI-I) exam not the CLSS-HC exam.

The goals of this program are to:

  • recognize and provide evidence of competence with life safety challenges within a health care environment
  • ensure proficiency in the use of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®
  • enhance professionalism 
  • promote professional development
  • ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone

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Program benefits

Be recognized by your colleagues as an expert; Gain confidence in your abilities; Improve your job performance; Position yourself for career advancement; Certification holders also receive a CLSS-HC certificate

Edward Browne, Vice President of Support Services for the Cambridge Health Alliance, talks about the creation and importance of this certification. 
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Reference materials

The exam is based on the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain this reference source for study purposes and to have present during the examination. It is the only reference source allowed in the examination room. If you would like to purchase this NFPA document, please go to NFPA's online catalog.

Exam Information

The CLSS-HC exam is offered in a computer-based format. To locate a testing center near you, visit the test center website. Please refer to the candidate handbook (PDF) for details.


Contact CLSS-HC

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: +1 617 984-7509