Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Exam Application

CHES® Exam Application

Please be sure to read the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam Application Handbook prior to completing the application. Applicants are required to agree and abide by NCHEC's policies as outlined. All required appendices are included within the instructions. 

Security: No part of the exam may be copied or reproduced in part or in whole by any means what-soever, including memorization. Candidates may not solicit questions or discuss items that were on previous exams with other NCHEC candidates or individuals who hold the CHES® credential. Candidates are required to sign an affirmation and agreement statement on the application. Violation of the affirmation and agreement may result in suspension or revocation of the CHES® credential from those who have earned it or suspension or denial of eligibility for future exams.

Fees posted include a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements.


There are several ways to apply for the exam:

  1. Apply Online - November 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017
  2. Download the application(pdf)
  3. Request an exam registration packet by mail — contact NCHEC office at (888) 624-3248 or email    
  4. Pre-screen if you are unsure of eligibility (please see exam eligibility) - Pre-screen service available:  Novmeber 1, 2016 - February 1, 2017 

*Please only use one method to avoid duplicate applications 

Your application should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcript reflecting school name(s), degree(s), date(s) awarded and all completed coursework (application cannot be processed without a transcript). If sent separately, transcripts should be submitted no later than the final deadline or you may be subject to increased exam fees or incomplete applications.
  • Overseas transcripts MUST be translated into American Credits through a transcript translation service before submitting your application for review.
  • Advisor Letter - if using 90 day option or applying as a student. (Letter must be on school letterhead and include the following:  Name, projected graduation date, that you are currently a full time student and degree program.)
  • Application fee

Exam applications, University Transcripts and any supporting documentation become the property of NCHEC. These Items will not be returned to the exam applicant or forwarded to a third party.

Falsification of any documentation may result in suspension or revocation of the credential or denial of eligibility for future exams.

We recommend sending applications via Certified Mail, Federal Express, Second-Day Mail or completing online.

Requests for Special Testing Accommodations

Applicants requesting special arrangements and other special needs due to medical reasons or religious restrictions must indicate this information on the application. Supporting documentation is required such as a letter from a religious leader indicating necessity for the accommodation. All requests must be received by application final deadline. 

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications will not be processed until all necessary information is received. Exam fees are nonrefundable. NCHEC is not responsible for missing information, such as transcripts sent separately. All documentation must be submitted by final deadline. Delays may result in an automatic transfer to the next exam date with an additional $100 transfer fee. Please be sure to include all items at the time of application.


This option is available and intended if you are not anticipating taking the exam in the future. Candidate will be refunded minus the $100 nonrefundable processing fee. This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidate will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below. Refunds are only available the exam cycle in which you originally applied.


This option is available for candidates who wish to reschedule to the next exam date and will be charged a $100 deferral fee. This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidates will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below.

No Show

If you do not take the exam on the scheduled date you are considered a No Show and will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee to register for the next exam. This reduced fee is only valid for the next scheduled exam date. NCHEC will be sending registration instructions for the next scheduled exam approximately 30 days after the exam date. Unexpected circumstances will be considered and fee waiver requests will be reviewed.

Changes to Your Application

It is the applicant's responsibility to notify NCHEC of any changes in address or contact information.


Changes can be made by visiting our Web site,, and logging on with your username and password or by contacting the NCHEC office via fax or e-mail. Please note: address changes made after admission tickets are printed may result in a ticket reprint fee.

Test Site Relocations

Changes to your test site choice must be made in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. Disclaimer: Every effort will be made to schedule a candidate to his/her first test site choice. In the event a minimum required number of candidates does not register for a given test site, NCHEC reserves the right to assign the second test site choice. 

Examination Grievance

Any complaints regarding testing conditions or irregularities must be submitted in writing within two weeks after the examination date. We value constructive feedback to help us provide a comfortable environment. 

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