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Final registration for the April 2023 CHES® Exam closes on February 28, 2023. 

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure the possession, application, and interpretation of knowledge in the Eight 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 pilots), the CHES® examination is offered in the United States and internationally via computer-based format 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.

Update to examination break policy effective December 23, 2022.

NCHEC announced an update to the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certification Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) examinations effective April 2023.

To ensure fairness and security across both live remote-proctored and PSI test center examinations, the CHES® and MCHES® exams will be administered using a set of standardized security protocols in alignment with standards recommended by our accreditation body, NCCA. This security policy will affect the examination format and the break policy. Candidates will have a total of three (3) hours to complete 165 questions in the CHES®/MCHES® examination, which will include an optional 10-minute break midway through the examination. Both the CHES® and MCHES® examinations will now be offered in two blocks; block 1, which contains questions 1 to 83, and block 2 which contains questions 84 to 165.

Before candidates complete the first block (questions 1 to 83), a candidate can go back and check/change any answer in that block. After question 83, a candidate will begin the second block of questions. Once the second block has begun, a candidate can only access/change answers in the second block (questions 84 to 165).

Candidates will be given an opportunity to take an optional 10-minute break midway through the examination and if a break is taken, will require additional security screening before proceeding to complete the second block of the exam. The 10-minute break time is deducted from the total test time. Following the break, CHES® and MCHES® candidates will gain access to the second block of the exam, but will not be able to access the first block of exam questions. For more information on the examination format, Areas of Responsibility, or updated break policy, please refer to the CHES® exam handbook here.

Live Remote Proctoring        Computer-Based Testing

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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. 



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