Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


CHES Overview

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.

NCAA AccreditedThe CHES exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2008.

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. While there are approximately 130 testing sites currently registered, any campus with a testing service is eligible to become a testing site.

Below is the CHES examination blueprint based on the Health Educator Job Analysis Study and the percentages of questions by the Seven Areas of Responsibility.

NOTE: Beginning October 2016, the CHES exam questions will be based on the new HESPA competencies. Registration opens November 1, 2016.

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Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on CHES Exam
Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education 15%
Plan Health Education 18%
Implement Health Education 25%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 9%
Administer and Manage Health Education 12%
Serve as a Health Education Resource Person 9%
Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education 12%

A CHES is an individual that has:

  1. Met required academic preparation qualifications
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

To download the CHES exam brochure, click here.

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