Basis for the CHES Examination
The CHES examination is based upon the following Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, as delineated in A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators 2006.
|Area of Responsibility of Health Educators||
% of Questions on CHES Exam
|Assess individual and community needs for health education||
|Plan effective health education strategies, interventions, and programs||
|Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs||
|Conduct evaluation and research related to health education||
|Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs||
|Serve as a health education resource person||
|Communicate and advocate for health and health education||
CHES Exam Eligibility
Eligibility to take the CHES examination is based exclusively on academic qualifications. An individual is eligible to take the examination if he/she has:
A bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education; AND one of the following:
NCHEC does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of religion, gender, ethnic background or physical disability.
90-Day Eligibility Option
The 90-day option is offered to students scheduled to graduate within 90 days of an exam date. To qualify for this option, a student must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, and must submit an official transcript showing a minimum of 25 semester hours relating to the Area of Responsibility along with written verification from his/her faculty advisor assuring the student will complete all degree requirements within 90 days of the exam date.
Prescreening Service (optional)
This is a separate optional service offered to individuals and should ONLY be used if you are not sure you meet the requirements for the CHES exam. Upon receipt of the prescreen request form, fee and the applicant's official academic transcripts, NCHEC will review an applicant's credentials to determine eligibility. Deficiencies, if any, will be identified and guidance for exam qualification will be provided. This service is particularly useful to applicants whose academic preparation does not include a degree in health education, but who may have accumulated sufficient health education course work to qualify for the CHES examination. The prescreen request form requires a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 . If eligible, the fee is applied toward the exam registration fee.
Appeal of Denial of Eligibility:
Requests for Special Testing Accommodations
Applicants requesting special arrangements and other special needs due to disabilities or religious restrictions must indicate this information on the application. Supporting documentation is required such as a letter from a religious leader indicating necessity to take for the exam on Sunday if choosing a Sabbath site. All requests must be received by application final deadline.