Learn More About Eligibility
The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists 2015. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.
A CHES® is an individual that has:
- Met required academic preparation qualifications
- Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
- Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential
Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES® examination is offered in paper-and-pencil format at college campuses throughout the United States. Candidates are alloted 3 hours to complete the examination. While there are approximately 130 testing sites currently registered, any campus with a testing service is eligible to become a testing site.
Please refer to the CHES Exam Application Handbook for addtional information.
The CHES® exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certifiying Agencies since 2008. NCHEC also is internationally accredited as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accrediation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment.
CHES® Exam Blueprint
Below is the CHES® examination blueprint based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) 2015 and the percentages of questions by the Seven Areas of Responsibility.
To download the CHES® exam brochure, click here.
View the 2017 NCHEC Fact Sheet document. Learn about health education specialist job settings, the differences between CHES® and MCHES® certifications, and why employers benefit from hiring certified individuals.