Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


MCHES Overview

The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) examination is used to assess the extent to which a candidate can possess, apply, and interpret knowledge relative to the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist; delineated from A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists — 2010. The MCHES exam reflects both the entry and advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies of the Seven Areas of Responsibility.

NCAA AccreditedThe MCHES exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2013.

The MCHES examination is a criterion-referenced test that contains 165 multiple choice items; 150 of the items are used for the total score and there are 15 pilot items on each exam. The MCHES 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 MCHES examination blueprint based on the Health Educator Job Analysis Study and the percentages of questions by the Seven Areas of Responsibility.

Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on MCHES Exam
Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education 10%
Plan Health Education 15%
Implement Health Education 20%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 16%
Administer and Manage Health Education 16%
Serve as a Health Education Resource Person 15%
Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education 8%

A MCHES is an advanced-level practitioner that has:

  1. Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
  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 MCHES exam brochure, click here.

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