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Early bird registration for the April 2023 MCHES® exam closes on November 30, 2022. 

The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) examination is a Competency-based tool used to assess the extent to which a candidate can possess, apply, and interpret knowledge relative to the Eight Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists as delineated by the most current US-based job analysis study. The MCHES® exam reflects both the entry and advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies of the Eight Areas of Responsibility.

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

  1. met required academic qualifications or 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
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Testing Options

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 only in computer-based format at more than 400 PSI test centers worldwide. Candidates are allotted 3 hours to complete the exam questions. Total seat time at PSI Test Centers, including tutorials and surveys, is 3.5 hours. Please refer to the MCHES Exam Application Handbook for additional information.

Live Remote Proctoring        Computer-Based Testing

NCAA AccreditedThe MCHES® exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 2008.  IAS AccreditedNCHEC also is internationally accredited as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment. 


MCHES® Exam Blueprint

Below is the MCHES® examination blueprint based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) 2020 and the percentages of questions by the Eight Areas of Responsibility.

Area of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists % of Questions on MCHES® Exam
Assessment of Needs and Capacity 12%
Planning 10%
Implementation 9%
Evaluation and Research 20%
Advocacy 9%
Communication 12%
Leadership and Management 18%
Ethics and Professionalism 10%


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Learn about health education specialist job settings, the differences between CHES® and MCHES® certifications, and why employers benefit from hiring certified individuals.

Early bird registration for the April 2023 exam closes on November 30, 2022. 


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