Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Overview

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.


Exam Eligibility


CHES Eligibility

Eligibility to take the CHES examination is based exclusively on academic qualifications.

CHES Exam Eligibility

MCHES Eligibility

The MCHES exam eligibility includes both academic and experience requirements.

MCHES Exam Eligibility


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


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 — 2015. 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, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion 10%
Plan Health Education/Promotion 16%
Implement Health Education/Promotion 15%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion 20%
Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion 18%
Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person 12%
Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion and the Profession  9%

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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