Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


CHES® Overview

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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.



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%

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.

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.

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