Acceptable Use of Credential

Acceptable Use of Credential

Individuals who have earned the CHES® or MCHES® credential may identify themselves as a “Certified Health Education Specialist” (CHES®) or a “Master Certified Health Education Specialist” (MCHES®). An individual cannot hold both certifications.  If you were previously CHES®, and successfully passed the MCHES® requirements, discontinue using the CHES® designation, and only use MCHES® moving forward.

Adding the CHES® or MCHES® credential to your professional profile will highlight your achievement, including the time, effort and discipline you have demonstrated in attaining this distinguished credential, as well attesting to the professional development necessary to maintain the certification. You are encouraged to include your credential on business cards, in e-mail signatures, on personal web pages, in bylines for professional articles, and in resumes.


  • When you use your credential with your name, place the CHES® or MCHES® acronym immediately after your highest attained degree and/or licensure. (ie. Jane Smith, MPH, RN, CHES®)
  • The CHES® and MCHES® acronyms have been trademarked by the US Patent Office. It is suggested that the trademark is incorporated wherever the acronyms are used. Sizing of the trademark symbol can be whatever is visually pleasing.
  • Never use periods between the letters of either acronym.


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