Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


MCHES® Overview

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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 MCHES® 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 and the Profession of Health Education/Promotion 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.

View the 2017 NCHEC Fact Sheet document. Learn about health education specialist job settings, the differences between CHES® and MCHES® certifications, and why employers benefit from hiring certified individuals.

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