Certified Health Education Specialist Information

Credentialing & Benefits of Certification

Credentialing is an umbrella term referring to the various means employed to designate that individuals or organizations have met or exceeded established standards. These may include certification, registration or licensure of individuals, or accreditation of organizations. The body of health education has chosen certification as the method of individual credentialing for the profession. Certification is the process by which a non-governmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by the agency or association. Typical qualifications include:

  • Graduation from an accredited or approved program.
  • Acceptable performance on a qualifying examination or series of examinations.

Benefits of Certification

NCHEC's voluntary professional certification program establishes a national standard for individual health education practitioners. It differs from state and local certifications and registries in that the requirements do not vary from one locale to another. National certification benefits practitioners and the public in that it:

  • Establishes a national standard.
  • Attests to the individual's knowledge and skills.
  • Assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.
  • Sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • Promotes continued professional development.

For more information about becoming certified visit nchec.org.


CHES Exam:

Good luck to all our members completing the CHES exam!




*Student fee is used if you are a full time student (9 or more credits) at the time you apply for the exam. (Graduate or Undergraduate)


To determine your eligibility to take the CHES exam, click here




The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam will be based on the scientific approach to measure the existing health education advanced-level roles and responsibilities related to the Seven Areas of Responsibilities.


Good luck to all our members completing the MCHES exam!

*Discounted rates will be given to those who are already CHES certified.


To determine your eligibility to take the MCHES exam, click here


For more information about becoming a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), please visit http://www.nchec.org/.

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