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CHES® Exam

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 the most current U.S.-based practice analysis study. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.  

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
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Testing Options

Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES® examination is offered in a computer-based format at Prometric Test Centers throughout the United States and overseas and through Live Remote Proctoring from the safety of home. Candidates are allotted 3 hours to complete the examination. Please refer to the CHES Exam Application Handbook for additional information .

Live Remote Proctoring        Computer-Based Testing

NCAA AccreditedIAS Accredited

The CHES® exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies since 2008.  NCHEC also is internationally accredited as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment. 


CHES® Exam Blueprint

Below is the CHES® examination blueprint based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) 2015 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, 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 and the Profession of Health Education/Promotion 12%

To download the CHES® exam brochure, click here, or download the CHES Fact Sheet. Learn about health education specialist job settings, the differences between CHES® and MCHES® certifications, and why employers benefit from hiring certified individuals.

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