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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.
The 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.
A CHES® is an individual that has:
- Met required academic preparation qualifications
- Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
- 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.