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Frequently Asked Questions

About NCHEC
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  1. What is the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc?
  2. How can I get involved with NCHEC?
  3. What is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)?
  4. What is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)?

NCHEC News
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  1. How do I submit an article to the NCHEC NEWS Bulletin?
  2. I am a member of the media, who do I contact regarding information about NCHEC?

Health Education Credentialing
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  1. What are the Areas of Responsibility?
  2. How does one obtain skills in and knowledge of the Areas of Responsibility?
  3. What is a Health Education Specialist?
  4. What is a Certified Health Education Specialist?
  5. What are my responsibilities after certification?
  6. What does the CHES designation mean?
  7. What does the MCHES designation mean?

CHES Exam
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  1. What are the qualifications to take the CHES exam? (see Exam Eligibility)
  2. When is the CHES exam offered?
  3. What is the CHES exam like?
  4. How is the passing score for the CHES exam determined?
  5. What are the fees for taking the CHES exam?
  6. Is there a student rate?
  7. If I see my school or degree code listed, is my institution automatically approved?
  8. What are the benefits of becoming a CHES?
  9. Can I use my veteran's benefits with the CHES exam?
  10. How do I purchase the Exam Study Guide?

Exam Eligibility
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  1. How is eligibility determined?
  2. I have not graduated yet. Must I wait until I have my degree?
  3. What if I'm unsure of my eligibility to take the CHES exam?
  4. I have a Master of Public Health (MPH). Am I eligible to take the CHES exam?
  5. I do not have a degree in health education, but work in the field. Am I eligible to take the CHES exam?
  6. I am a nurse, dietitian, respiratory technician or other health professional. Do I qualify?

Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)
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  1. Who is eligible to take the MCHES Exam?
  2. What are the fees for taking the MCHES examination
  3. What if I'm unsure of my eligibility to take the MCHES exam?
  4. What is the MCHES Exam like?
  5. Is there a study guide for the MCHES Exam?
  6. If I wait to pursue sitting for the MCHES exam until after I have been CHES for 5 years, will I have to submit extra documentation at that time?
  7. Concerning the experience component for non-CHES and CHES with fewer than 5 years active status, does the five years of documented experience as a health education specialist have to be the immediate past five years?
  8. Can a MCHES applicant’s health education experience include a part-time position?
  9. Can volunteer experience count towards the five years of documented health education specialist?

Continuing Education
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  1. What are my responsibilities after certification?
  2. What are the Continuing Education requirements for CHES?
  3. What are the Continuing Education requirements for MCHES?
  4. What is Category I?
  5. What is Category II?
  6. What are CECH Fees?
  7. What are ways I can obtain my CECH Credits?
  8. How do I find CHES/MCHES approved activities?
  9. How do I document my continuing education?

Renewal and Recertification
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  1. What is renewal?
  2. What is recertification?
  3. How do I make a payment?

Designated Providers
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  1. What is a "Designated Provider”?
  2. What is a continuing education activity?
  3. Why should my organization become a Designated Provider?
  4. Is my organization eligible to become a Designated Provider?
  5. Which Designated Provider category should my organization choose?
  6. How does my organization apply to become a Designated Provider?
  7. Who will review the application?
  8. What are some tips for a successful application?