Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Overview

Exam Overview

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education (MCHES®) examinations are competency-based tools 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 CHES® and MCHES® certifications create a national and international standard for health education specialists practicing at both entry and advanced levels.

CHES® 

The CHES® exam is :

  • designed for individuals in the early stages of their career
  • validated by a comprehensive job analysis study that identified entry-level Competencies for health education specialists- testing you on what is relevant in the profession
  • designed for health education specialists who select participants and deliver training
  • designed for health education specialists who identify existing data collection instruments for program evaluation
MCHES® 

The MCHES® exam is:

  • designed for experienced specialists with at least five years of experience
  • validated by a comprehensive job analysis that identified advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies for experienced health education specialists
  • designed for health education specialists responsible for developing and managing budgets, and applying ethical principles
  • designed for health education specialists repsonsible for identifying staff development and training needs
  • designed for health education specialists who develop and monitor strategic plans

Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), both the CHES® and MCHES® examinations are 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. Both examinations will be moving to a computer-based format in October 2018.


 

NCAA AccreditedThe CHES® and MCHES® examinations have met national standards in credentialing and have been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2008. 

NCHEC also is internationally accredited as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accrediation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment. 

 


 
CHES® Exam Eligibility

Eligibility to take the CHES® examination is based exclusively on academic qualifications.

CHES® Exam Eligibility

MCHES® Exam Eligibility

The MCHES® exam eligibility includes both academic and experience requirements.

MCHES® Exam Eligibility


 

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