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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 Seven 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 Seven Areas of Responsibility.

An 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 Prometric test centers worldwide. Candidates are allotted 3 hours to complete the exam questions. Total seat time at Prometric 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) 2015 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 and the Profession of Health Education/Promotion 9%

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