Welcome to the Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard course. 
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) tells organisations and individuals how to ensure they deliver quality, effective and accountable humanitarian responses. 
The CHS contains Nine Commitments, which are explained in this elearning course. Each commitment includes key actions and organisational responsibilities ("what you should be doing") and indicators ("are you doing it right?").
This e-learning module introduces the CHS. Even if you do not work for a humanitarian organisation or are not involved in programme delivery, it is useful for everyone to know about the Nine Commitments, as it will help you to understand why humanitarian organisations act in certain ways.

The course was developed in partnership with the CHS Alliance, the Sphere Project, Groupe URD and IECAH.

This course is also available in French and Arabic and Swahili. 

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Is this course for me?
This module is suitable for humanitarians of all levels, and for others who are interested in an overview of the Core Humanitarian Standard.

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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will understand:
  • Why quality, accountability and people management are vital for effective humanitarian work
  • How and why the CHS was developed and who supports it
  • The four Humanitarian principles underpinning the CHS
  • The structure of the CHS including the Commitments, Quality Criteria, Key Actions, Organisational Responsibilities, Performance Indicators and Guiding Questions
  • The scope of the CHS and how it interacts with development or advocacy
  • The responsibilities the CHS places on you and your organisation
  • The links between the CHS and technical standards
  • How individuals and organisations can apply the CHS


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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 1-2 hours to complete.  

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on the       Join course        button at the top of this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.