Health Education Profession
The health education profession has a proud history of scientifically validating the Competencies that have become the basis of the professional credential(s), professional preparation, and professional development. The verified Responsibilities, Competencies and Sub-Competencies (currently 7, 26, and 258, respectively) define the profession and distinguish individuals from those trained in other disciplines.
The Health Education Profession & Certification History Timeline
- 1978 - National Task Force on the Preparation & Practice of Health Educators established
- 1978-1981 Role Delineation Project conducted
- 1985 - A Framework for the Development of Competency-Based Curricula for Entry Level Health Educators published
- 1988 - NCHEC incorporated as a nonprofit organization
- 1989 - Charter CHES® certification phase
- 1990 - First CHES® exam given
- 1997 - CHES® exam offered twice a year
- 2000 - Code of Ethics for Health Education Profession adopted
- 2005 - National Health Educator Competencies Update Project (CUP) results released (1998-2004 study)
- 2006 - Revised framework, A Competency- Based framework for Health Educators -2006, published
- 2007 - Revised study guide, The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Profession Excellence, 6th Edition, published
- 2007 - CHES® exam revised based on CUP results.
- 2008 - CHES® certification program accredited by National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
- 2010 - Health Educator Job Analysis (HEJA) Results Released (2008-2009 study)
- 2010 - Revised framework, A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists-2010, published
- 2010 - Revised study material, The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence 6th Edition, published
- 2011 - CHES® exam revised based on HEJA results
- 2011 - MCHES® certification first conferred via Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) for existing CHES®
- 2011 - MCHES® first examination offered. EDO closed
- 2013 - The CHES® certification program is re-accredited and the MCHES® certification program received accreditation by NCCA
- 2015 - Health Education Practice Analysis (HESPA) results released (2013-2014 study)
- 2015 - Revised framework, A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists - 2015 was released
- 2015 - Revised study guide, The Health Education Specialist Companion Guide, 7th Edition, was released
- 2015 - ISO Accreditation as a Personnel Certifying Body Achieved
- 2015 - MCHES® exam revised based on HESPA results
- 2016 - CHES® exam revised based on HESPA results
Bureau of Labor Statics Classification
The U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has a classification of health educator and defines health educators (SOC 21-1091.00) as those that provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Health Educators collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. They may serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs. Excludes "Community Health Workers" (21-1094).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there were an estimated 57,570 health educators in 2016.
Employment of health educators is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
5 out of 10 health educators work in healthcare and social assistance.
- 2 out of 10 work in state and local government
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Division of Occupational Employment Statistics (2012). http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm