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 2010. 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.

Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on CHES Exam
Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education 12%
Plan Health Education 15%
Implement Health Education 24%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 15%
Administer and Manage Health Education 11%
Serve as a Health Education Resource Person 16%
Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education 7%

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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