Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Overview

CHES® Overview

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.

NCAA AccreditedThe 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.


Exam Eligibility

 
CHES® Eligibility

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

CHES® Exam Eligibility

MCHES® Eligibility

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

MCHES® Exam Eligibility


Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on CHES® Exam
Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion 15%
Plan Health Education/Promotion 18%
Implement Health Education/Promotion 25%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion 9%
Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion 12%
Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person 9%
Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion and the Profession  12%

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

To download the CHES® exam brochure, click here.


MCHES® Overview

The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) examination is used to assess the extent to which a candidate can possess, apply, and interpret knowledge relative to the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist; delineated from A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists — 2015. The MCHES® exam reflects both the entry and advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies of the Seven Areas of Responsibility.

NCAA AccreditedThe MCHE®S exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2013.

The MCHES® examination is a criterion-referenced test that contains 165 multiple choice items; 150 of the items are used for the total score and there are 15 pilot items on each exam. The MCHES® 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 MCHES® examination blueprint based on the Health Educator Job Analysis Study and the percentages of questions by the Seven Areas of Responsibility.

Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on MCHES® Exam
Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion 10%
Plan Health Education/Promotion 16%
Implement Health Education/Promotion 15%
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion 20%
Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion 18%
Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person 12%
Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion and the Profession  9%

A MCHES® is an advanced-level practitioner that has:

  1. Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
  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

To download the MCHES® exam brochure, click here.

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