Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Continuing Competency

Continuing Competency

 

CHES® and MCHES® will soon need 5 Continuing Competency (CC) credits completed within their 5-year cycle to recertify. There will be a Category I OR Category II CECH option to fulfill your CC requirement.

Continuing Competency entails the demonstration of specified levels of knowledge, skills, or ability not only at the time of initial certification but throughout an individual’s professional career. The NCHEC recertification requirements will demonstrate the Continuing Competency of a Certified or Master Certified Health Education Specialist, as well as demonstrating a career commitment to the professional development and growth that represents an NCHEC credential. 

When

  • If you are due to begin a new recertification cycle in April 2019, or pass the exam in April 2019, Continuing Competency (CC) requirements will begin with you.
  • CHES® and MCHES® will have 5 full years to complete their CC requirements (5 out of 75 credits must be CC). So the earliest that CC requirements will be due is March of 2024.
  • CC requirements will be phased in during subsequent recertification/exam cycles (e.g. October 2019 will be next up).
  • All CHES® and MCHES® will be notified by NCHEC via USPS mail and email before the start of their CC requirement phase.

How

  • CHES® and MCHES® will need 5 CC CECH during the course of their 5-year cycle.  These 5 credits will be part of your 75 total CECH. The total number of continuing education credits you need will not increase.
  • CC credits will be available as either Category I CECH OR Category II CECH. You will not need both. A measurement of a CHES® or MCHES®’s continued competence during his/her 5-year recertification cycle will include either:

1) an assessment/quiz by provider of Category I CECH OR 

2) an evaluation of job duties by a supervisor (Category II CECH).  

  • Category I CC opportunities will be searchable on the NCHEC website beginning in April 2019 visit Continuing Education Credit Activities on nchec.org.
  • Many of the Category I CECH that you are already familiar with will count as CC credits (e.g. Self-studies, webinars and professional readings with end-of-study assessments, workshops and teach-backs, demonstration of skills, etc.) Category I CC credits will be reported for you by the NCHEC provider.
  • A Category II CC credit option will be available:  a 5-credit (CECH) Performance Assessment from your employer (with a self-employed option).

Want to know what the Category II Performance Assessment looks like? Click here to view the draft form. The performance assessment is the first time that CHES® will be able to claim 5 full CECH for work experience!

Why

  • CC measurements will prove the commitment and professional development of a professional, and is required due to changes in national and international accreditation standards.
  • CC requirements are a quality assurance measurement for organizations and consumers receiving the services of CHES® and MCHES®.
  • NCHEC is dedicated to meeting public expectations about the competence of practitioners in the field of health education and promotion.
  • A measurement of the continued competence of a credential holder will provide value to the CHES® and MCHES® certifications.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions listed below for additional details regarding the new CC requirements, or view NCHEC's presentation "Utilizing National and International Accreditation Standards to Set Policy for Certification of the Health Education and Promotion Workforce" from the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting.


 
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Continuing Competency

 

Why is this change occurring? 

NCHEC is fully committed to certifying individuals in accordance with national and international accreditation standards.  Both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the International Accreditation Service (ISO 17024) accreditation standards now include continuing competency measurements.  NCHEC is also dedicated to meeting public expectation about the competence of practitioners in the field of health education and promotion.  For this reason, the NCHEC Board of Commissioners has voted to include a measurement of continuing competency as part of the recertification process for both CHES® and MCHES®.

When is this change occurring?

In 2019, NCHEC will adjust recertification requirements to include this definition of continuing competency. A measurement of an individual’s continued competence during his/her 5-year recertification cycle will include either 1) an assessment (Category I CECH) OR 2) an evaluation of job duties by a supervisor (Category II CECH).  This adjustment will begin with individuals whose new recertification cycle begins on April 1, 2019 and will not be complete until March 31, 2024.

Will I have to take an exam?

No.  Continuing Competency measurements will include either 1) a CE end-of-course assessment/quiz provided by a Category I Provider, OR, 2) an “assessment” of performance by a supervisor or client (worth 5 Category II CECHs). Although an exam was an option initially considered, the NCHEC Division Board for Professional Development voted to adopt an assessment format rather than an exam.

What does the performance assessment option involve?

The Category II CECH Continuing Competence Performance Assessment is a two-step process.  1) The credential holder completes a self-appraisal of his/her performance demonstrating continuing competence.  2) The assessor reviews and responds to the Continuing Competence Performance Assessment and returns it to the applicant.  The assessor may be a current supervisor/manager, past supervisor/manager, or a client.  Note: This is the first time a CHES® credential holder may submit work experience as continuing education. The performance assessment will be worth 5 full CECHs toward recertification.

How will I know when my continuing competency requirements are due?

All CHES® and MCHES® will be notified of the new continuing competency requirements, and when this requirement will become a part of his/her recertification cycle.  Program implementation date will commence with those who will begin a new recertification cycle on April 1, 2019 (ending in 2024) and continue with subsequent cycles.  CHES® and MCHES® will have 5 full years to complete and submit the new requirements.

Can I take an extension for continuing competency requirements?

Yes, but you can only take a maximum of two extensions in any recertification period.

Do I need to complete both Category I and Category CC credits?

No. You may choose one or the other. A category II performance assessment is worth 5 credits, and would fulfill your requirement.

How do I know which CECH will count as continuing competency?

Category I Continuing Competency credits will be searchable on nchec.org.  These credits will be reported to us by the provider – you will not have to submit a form for Category I.


If you have additional questions about the continuing competency requirements, email nchec@nchec.org. Please keep in mind that the new requirements will only be phased in beginning in 2019.

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