Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


The Spring 2017 Bulletin Has Arrived

In Case You Missed It!  Catch the Spring 2017 NCHEC News print bulletin here.
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, April 21, 2017 | 0 comments
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CHES®/MCHES® Appreciation Breakfast Highlights SOPHE 2017

The 2nd Annual NCHEC Appreciation Breakfast for CHES® and MCHES® was held on March 30th during the 2017 SOPHE “Scaling New Heights” Conference in Denver, Colorado.  The event celebrated the ever-growing national community of certified individuals in an effort to enhance networking opportunities for the profession of health education and included a complimentary breakfast and giveaways for the near-150 CHES® and MCHES® registered.

The NCHEC Board of Commissioners Chair, Dr. Kerry Redican, opened the breakfast event with a summary of things-to-come for the organization and its certificants.  A change in exam administration to computer-based testing (CBT) will be implemented for the October 2018 CHES® and MCHES® examinations. CBT will offer many new benefits for candidates, including immediate pass/fail results, state-of-the-art facilities, and a wider range of exam times/dates.  Redican also covered upcoming changes to requirements for the documentation of the Continuing Competence of NCHEC-certified individuals, slated for 2019 implementation, as well as the increase in Continuing Education opportunities for CHES® and MCHES®.

Dr. Bethany Chaney and Dr. Kerry Redican at the breakfast

Dr. Beth Chaney, NCHEC Marketing Committee Chair, was also present to discuss past and current marketing endeavors for the professional promotion of CHES® and MCHES®.  2016 marked the inaugural year for the NCHEC Service and Leadership award, as well as the second year for the CHES/MCHES Essay Contest.  In addition, the acronyms for CHES® and MCHES® were officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, providing an additional layer of security and value for certificant holders.

In addition, Dr. Chaney reported on the NCHEC Ambassador program, which was launched in the 2016-2017 calendar year, and facilitates communication between health education programs and NCHEC.  Ambassadors will work to promote the CHES® and MCHES® credentials at their respective campuses using marketing and presentation materials provided by NCHEC.  NCHEC is also in the process of forming a reimbursement committee to monitor and advocate for the third-party reimbursement of certified health education specialists’ services.

During the SOPHE 2017 conference, the NCHEC Marketing team conducted video interviews for a new YouTube promotion for the upcoming year.  Interviewees from varying job settings across the country were recorded at the Denver convention by a superb production team from Speak Creative, NCHEC’s digital marketing agency. Several short videos will be produced promoting the value of CHES® and MCHES® credentials.  Footage of the Appreciation Breakfast will be included in the videos as well.

NCHEC would like to extend a warm thank-you to all those who were able to attend the 2nd Annual Appreciation Breakfast for CHES® and MCHES®.  There were many new faces this year, and the event was an impressive opportunity to network and share experiences within our expanding health education and promotion community.  For more information about our certifications, as well as new industry announcements, visit

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Announces Trademark Registration for CHES® and MCHES® Certifications

Recent News

A trademark for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified (MCHES®) credentials has been officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The CHES® and MCHES® certifications have a long history in the field of health education and promotion, beginning with the first CHES® certification in October of 1989. As of 2017, there are over 13,000 CHES® and MCHES® certified individuals practicing across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and expanded international locations. The familiar acronyms for the credentials obtained through the NCHEC organization have been registered to protect the designations and the certificants who have earned them from copyright infringement.

How to Display Your Credential

Those who are CHES® and MCHES® certified should adjust their titles and signature lines to reflect the recent changes to the designation.  The appropriate symbol to include immediately after the acronym is ® for a trademark officially registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. You can easily copy and paste the official symbol here

Example:  Jane Smith, MPH, MCHES® 

For additional questions about the new trademark, please contact the NCHEC Deputy Executive Director Melissa Opp, MPH, MCHES®, at

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, March 27, 2017 | 0 comments
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Inaugural Outstanding Service and Leadership Award Winners Annouced

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) announced the results of its inaugural Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in recognition of one individual and one organization displaying exemplary commitment to the advancement of the profession and of the CHES and MCHES credentials.  The NCHEC Service and Leadership Award was instituted to highlight the implementation of programs and policies that promote the role of certified health education specialists within communities, populations, and/or organizational structure.

Dr. James F. McKenzie, PhD, MCHES, was selected as the award winner in the individual category.  Dr. McKenzie has a distinguished record as a valued leader in the field of health education and promotion, with over 44 years of teaching experience, as well as many years of devotion to the development and improvement of the CHES and MCHES examinations through dedicated board service at NCHEC. He has served on NCHEC’s Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists (DBCHES), the NCHEC Board of Commissioners (BOC), as well as various job analysis task forces.  In addition, Dr. McKenzie was instrumental in leading the process of exam creation for NCHEC’s advanced-level credential, the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was chosen as the  award winner in the organizational category.  The MD Anderson Patient Education Department is responsible for the education of over 100,000 patients per year, utilizing documents, videos, and decision-aids that are developed by Health Education Specialists who are CHES or MCHES-certified.  CHES and MCHES are utilized in a variety of settings within MD Anderson, and the certification of its employees is strongly encouraged.  The organization covers exam fees, annual certification fees, continuing education costs, and even bestows a “certification pay” in addition to base pay for the continued maintenance of the employee’s CHES or MCHES certification.  By utilizing CHES and MCHES-certified individuals to deliver such programs, MD Anderson strengthens the message to patients and the community, and highlights the organizational belief that well-prepared, credentialed employees make a valuable difference in patient care.

The inaugural year of the award was a great success, and provided an opportunity to highlight the outstanding achievements made by Dr. McKenzie and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to others in the profession of health education and promotion.  NCHEC will be announcing the opening of nominations for the second Outstanding Service and Leadership Award later this summer. 

MD Anderson Photo: Bottom row left to right: Desiree Phillips, MCHES, Mekhala Garvin, CHES. 2nd row left to right: Karen Stepan, MCHES, Lenda Narcisse, CHES, Cassandra Harris, MCHES. 3rd row left to right: Jila Tanha, CHES, Jennifer Cofer, CHES, Lakeshia Brown, CHES. Back row left to right: Charnell Franklin, CHES, Jane Frank, MCHES, Kathy Jinkins, MCHES, Amaka Agbor, CHES.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, March 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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2018 NCHEC Leadership Opportunities

Nominations are Now Open

NCHEC is searching for individuals to fill volunteer positions on our Board of Commissioners and Division Boards.  All positions adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Health Education Profession. The terms of these positions will begin on January 1, 2018.  NCHEC seeks individuals from a variety of practice settings on all boards: school, medical care, business/industry, academia and community.  Elections will be held in August 2017.  Consider nominating yourself or encouraging a peer to take this opportunity.  The deadline to receive nominations is June 15, 2017.  

Click HERE for the 2018 nominations form. 

Board of Commissioners (BOC): One At-Large Commissioner:  5-year term.  The Board of Commissioners is comprised of 11-13 individuals who govern in compliance with the mission and the objectives of NCHEC.   More specifically, the BOC defines the mission, participates in strategic planning, approves the annual budget and monitors financial statements, employs and evaluates the Executive Director, oversees and evaluates the credentialing program, establishes policies related to coordination and communication among the three division boards, and advocates for credentialing.  Significant experience in health education, interest or familiarity with the functioning of non-profit boards, and knowledge and interest in health education credentialing is preferred. 

Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice (DBPPP): One Director:  5-year terms.  The DBPPP is comprised of seven individuals responsible for promoting professional preparation.  More specifically, the DBPPP works with colleges, universities and accrediting agencies to improve professional preparation programs and promote best practices in health education settings, and monitors and updates the certification application and eligibility review process.  Interest or experience with the credentialing process and with professional preparation is preferred.

Division Board for Professional Development (DBPD): One Director: 5-year term.   The DBPD is comprised of seven individuals responsible for oversight of the recertification and annual renewal procedures.  More specifically, the DBPD recommends policies and procedures related to the designation of continuing education providers, recertification and the annual renewal of CHES/MCHES; recommends fees for recertification, annual renewal and provider designation; and assures that the processes are monitored and periodically evaluated.  Interest or experience in the development or delivery of continuing education programs for health educators is preferred. 

Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists (DBCHES): Three Directors: 5-year term. One Director:  2-year term. The DBCHES is comprised of 11 individuals responsible for the credentialing examination.  More specifically, the DBCHES assures a periodic review and evaluation of certification and examination processes; recommends policies and procedures for administering the CHES and the MCHES examinations; participates in item-writing workshops and on-going online item-writing assignments, and ensures that NCHEC’s testing meets acceptable standards.  Interest or experience in item-writing and exam construction is preferred.  The MCHES credential is required to serve on this Board.   

Requirements for all positions include:

  • Maintaining CHES/MCHES certification (Note: DBCHES Directors must be MCHES)
  • Participating in monthly conference calls
  • Attending one face-to-face meeting (all expenses paid by NCHEC) per year –typically this meeting spans a weekend (Thursday night –Sunday noon).  DBCHES may require two face- to-face meetings per year.
  • Reading agendas, minutes and other documents and information to stay informed
  • Exercising independent judgment on decisions presented and maintaining confidentiality
  • Advocating for credentialing
  • Working on specific assignments/projects
  • Supporting the work and mission of NCHEC, protecting confidentiality, and avoiding conflict of interest
If you are interested in becoming a candidate, please contact Melissa Opp at: 888-624-3248 ext. 11 or or visit the Web site at www.nchec.orgNomination deadline is June 15, 2017.




Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 0 comments
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NCHEC 2016 Annual Report

The NCHEC Annual Report 2016 is now available for online viewing.  Click here to read our year-end summary. 
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 0 comments
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