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.
A MCHES® is an advanced-level practitioner that has:
- Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
- Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
- Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential
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. Candidates are alloted 3 hours to complete the examination. 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.
Please refer to the MCHES Exam Application Handbook for addtional information.
The MCHES® exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certifiying Agencies (NCCA) since 2008. NCHEC also is internationally accredited as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accrediation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment.
MCHES® Exam Blueprint
Below is the MCHES® examination blueprint based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) 2015 and the percentages of questions by the Seven Areas of Responsibility.
To download the MCHES® exam brochure, click here.
View the 2017 NCHEC Fact Sheet document. Learn about health education specialist job settings, the differences between CHES® and MCHES® certifications, and why employers benefit from hiring certified individuals.