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MCHES Exam Application

Please be sure to read the Master Certified Health Education (MCHES) Exam Application Handbook (pdf) prior to completing the application. Applicants are required to agree and abide by NCHEC's policies as outlined. All required appendices are included within the instructions.
Security: No part of the exam may be copied or reproduced in part or in whole by any means what-so-ever, including memorization. Candidates may not solicit questions or discuss items that were on previous exams with other NCHEC candidates or individuals who hold the MCHES credential. Candidates are required to sign an affirmation and agreement statement on the application. Violation of the affirmation and agreement may result in suspension or revocation of the MCHES credential from those who have earned it or suspension or denial of eligibility for future exams.

Fees posted include a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements.

There are several ways to apply for the exam:

1. Download the application
CHES + 5 years

CHES less than 5 years and Non-CHES

The MCHES designation starts a new recertification cycle, CECH will not routinely carry over into the MCHES cycle. However, in alignment with the CHES certification, CHES who have accumulated an excess of 75 CECH will be able to carry over a maximum of 15 Category 1 CECH into their MCHES fiveyear certification cycle. The credits will be reflected as entry (not advanced). If a CHES wishes to retain their CECH hours, the option exists for them to remain as a CHES and complete their current certification cycle. Then following the completion of their cycle, apply and pass the MCHES examination.

2. Request an exam registration packet by mail — contact NCHEC office at (888) 624-3248 or e-mail

3. Prescreen if you are unsure of academic eligibility only (please see exam eligibility) (Currently Closed) May 1 thru August 1, 2015 (October 2015 exam)                                                                         

*Please only use one method to avoid duplicate applications*

Your application should include:
• Completed application form.
• CHES that have been active for 5+ years DO NOT NEED to submit extra documentation.
• For Non-CHES or CHES that have fewer than 5 years active status
o Transcript showing a minimum of a Master’s degree with either a specific health education major OR 25 credits specific to the Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists.
o Two verification forms (pdf) from a current or past manager/supervisor and/or leader in a health education professional organization.
o Curriculum vitae/resume.
• Application fee

Exam applications, University Transcripts and any supporting documentation become the property of NCHEC.  These items will not be returned to the exam applicant or forwarded to a third party.

Falsification of any documentation may result in suspension or revocation of the credential or denial of eligibility for future exams

We recommend sending applications via Certified Mail, Federal Express, Second-Day Mail or completing online.

Requests for Special Testing Accommodations
Applicants requesting special arrangements and other special needs due to medical reasons or religious restrictions must indicate this information on the application. Supporting documentation is required such as a letter from a religious leader indicating necessity for the accommodation. All requests must be received by application final deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be processed until all necessary information is received. Exam fees are nonrefundable. NCHEC is not responsible for missing information, such as transcripts sent separately. All documentation must be submitted by final deadline. Delays may result in an automatic transfer to the next exam date with an additional $100 transfer fee. Please be sure to include all items at the time of application.

Withdrawal: This option is available and intended if you are not anticipating taking the exam in the future. Candidate will be refunded minus the $100 nonrefundable processing fee . This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidate will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below. Refunds are only available the exam cycle in which you originally applied.

Deferral: This option is available for candidates who wish to reschedule to the next exam date and will be charged a $100 deferral fee. This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidates will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below.

NO Show: If you do not take the exam on the scheduled date you are considered a No Show and will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee to register for the next exam. This reduced fee is only valid for the next scheduled exam date. NCHEC will be sending registration instructions for the next scheduled exam approximately 30 days after the exam date. Unexpected circumstances will be considered and fee waiver requests will be reviewed.

Changes to Your Application
It is the applicant's responsibility to notify NCHEC of any changes in address or contact information.

Address: Changes can be made by visiting our Web site,, and logging on with your username and password or by contacting the NCHEC office via fax or e-mail. Please note: address changes made after admission tickets are printed may result in a ticket reprint fee.

Test Site Relocations: Changes to your test site choice must be made in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. Disclaimer: Every effort will be made to schedule a candidate to his/her first test site choice. In the event a minimum required number of candidates does not register for a given test site, NCHEC reserves the right to assign the second test site choice.

Examination Grievance: Any complaints regarding testing conditions or irregularities must be submitted in writing within two weeks after the examination date. We value constructive feedback to help us provide a comfortable environment.

Master Certified Health Education Specialist