Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Exam Application

MCHES Exam Application

Please be sure to read the Master Certified Health Education (MCHES) Exam Application Handbook prior to completing the application. Applicants are required to agree and abide by NCHEC's policies as outlined. All required appendices are included within the instructions.

Security: No part of the exam may be copied or reproduced in part or in whole by any means what-so-ever, including memorization. Candidates may not solicit questions or discuss items that were on previous exams with other NCHEC candidates or individuals who hold the MCHES credential. Candidates are required to sign an affirmation and agreement statement on the application. Violation of the affirmation and agreement may result in suspension or revocation of the MCHES credential from those who have earned it or suspension or denial of eligibility for future exams.

Fees posted include a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements.

There are several ways to apply for the exam:

  1. Apply Online 
  2. Download the application  a) CHES + 5 years   b) CHES less than 5 years and Non-CHES
  3. Request an exam registration packet by mail — contact NCHEC office at (888) 624-3248 or e-mail 
  4. Prescreen if you are unsure of academic eligibility only (please see exam eligibility)  May 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Please only use one method to avoid duplicate applications

Your application should include:

For CHES with 5+ years active status:

  • Completed application form.
  • Application fee
  • CHES that have been active for 5+ years DO NOT NEED to submit extra documentation.

Please Note:  Continuing education credits earned as a CHES do not carry over; however if you earned more than 75 credits in your CHES cycle, a maximum of 15 credits are eligible to be carried over into the MCHES certification cycle. The philosophy behind the policy is that continuing education toward recertification needs to be part of the ongoing commitment to professional development, not something done in the past. This becomes especially important as the Responsibilities, Competencies and Sub-competencies that are the basis of the certification and the continuing education requirement for recertification are updated every 5 years. The 75 credits must be earned within the current 5 year period and also at least 30 of them must be at the advanced level.


For Non-CHES or CHES that have fewer than 5 years active status:

  • Completed application form.
  • Application fee
  • Official Transcript showing a minimum of a Master’s degree with either a specific health education major OR 25 credits specific to the Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists
  • Two verification forms from a current or past manager/supervisor and/or leader in a health education professional organization.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume.

Exam applications, University Transcripts and any supporting documentation become the property of NCHEC. These items will not be returned to the exam applicant or forwarded to a third party.

Falsification of any documentation may result in suspension or revocation of the credential or denial of eligibility for future exams

We recommend sending applications via Certified Mail, Federal Express, Second-Day Mail or completing online.

Requests for Testing Accommodations

In accordance with Americans with Disability Act (ADA), NCHEC will strive to ensure that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability.

A candidate who has a disability may request accommodations and arrangements to take the examination. Such requests must be in writing and accompany the application. Verification of disability and statement of assistance needed must be included. Documentation by a competent individual (e.g. physician) of specific disability must be submitted with the application and include a completed accomodations request form. All requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval. Test center personnel will be prepared to handle approved accommodations.

Those requiring an alternate test date due to religious restriction need to provide a letter from a religious leader documenting that need. All requests must be received by application final deadline. 

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications will not be processed until all necessary information is received. Exam fees are nonrefundable. NCHEC is not responsible for missing information, such as transcripts sent separately. All documentation must be submitted by final deadline. Delays may result in an automatic transfer to the next exam date with an additional $125 transfer fee. Please be sure to include all items at the time of application.


This option is available and intended if you are not anticipating taking the exam in the future. Candidate will be refunded minus the $100 nonrefundable processing fee. This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidate will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below. Refunds are only available the exam cycle in which you originally applied.


This option is available for candidates who wish to reschedule to the next exam date and will be charged a $125 deferral fee. This request is required to be submitted in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. If notification is not received within 30 days prior to the exam date, candidates will automatically be considered a "no show" as outlined below. 

NO Show

If you do not take the exam on the scheduled date you are considered a No Show and will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee to register for the next exam. This reduced fee is only valid for the next scheduled exam date. NCHEC will be sending registration instructions for the next scheduled exam approximately 30 days after the exam date. Unexpected circumstances will be considered and fee waiver requests will be reviewed.

Changes to Your Application

It is the applicant's responsibility to notify NCHEC of any changes in address or contact information.


Changes can be made by visiting our Web site,, and logging on with your username and password or by contacting the NCHEC office via fax or e-mail. Please note: address changes made after admission tickets are printed may result in a ticket reprint fee. 

Test Site Relocations

Changes to your test site choice must be made in writing no later than 30 days prior to the exam date. Disclaimer: Every effort will be made to schedule a candidate to his/her first test site choice. In the event a minimum required number of candidates does not register for a given test site, NCHEC reserves the right to assign the second test site choice.

Examination Grievance

Any complaints regarding testing conditions or irregularities must be submitted in writing within two weeks after the examination date. We value constructive feedback to help us provide a comfortable environment.


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