Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


Accreditation Guidebook: FAQs for CHES/MCHES

Accreditation is an incredibly important facet of your CHES or MCHES certification. 

Did you know?  Accreditation is a voluntary evaluation process that certain certifying organizations – like NCHEC - undergo in order to maintain standards of professional quality agreed upon by members of a National and/or International accrediting body. Accreditation provides a formal, independent assessment of competence, and publicly recognizes the quality of an organization’s personnel certification services.


We get it. Eligibility requirements are difficult, the exam is lengthy, and sign up takes time and energy, and likely involves some hurdles along the way.  So why not a different, ‘easier’ certification?  After all, as long as you have learned the material, you should be able to walk away with a paper that means something, right?

Not necessarily. While some unaccredited certification or certificate programs might offer valuable learning experiences, not all certifications are created equal.  NCHEC provides the only nationally and internationally accredited certifications for health education specialists.  Our accreditation provides professionally measured standards that ensure the ongoing validity of the CHES and MCHES certifications in the field of health education/promotion. 

Who accredits the CHES/MCHES certifications?

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the CHES certification program since 2008 and the MCHES certification program since 2013. The NCCA was developed, in order to “ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competence”. The NCCA standards require demonstration of a valid and reliable process for development, implementation, maintenance and governance of certification programs.

Recently, NCHEC earned accreditation as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.   Accreditation by IAS provides a global benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure consistent, comparable and reliable operations worldwide. 

What does NCCA and IAS Accreditation Mean?

The NCCA and IAS both evaluate the processes and systems used by NCHEC to identify professional role and scope of practice, develop exam content, and provide proper exam administration and scoring.   Accreditation by these agencies will ensure that an organization has:

  • Employed assessment instruments that are derived from the job/practice analysis and that are consistent with generally accepted psychometric principles.
  • Awarded certification only after the knowledge and/or skill of individual applicants have been evaluated and determined to be acceptable.
  • Established, published, applied, and periodically reviewed key certification policies and procedures concerning existing and prospective certificants.
  • Demonstrated that its recertification requirements measure or enhance the continued competence of certificants.

Accreditation provides an excellent barometer of current professional workplace competencies that a CHES or MCHES will face, as well as an ongoing commitment to a certification’s continual improvement. Furthermore, the value of accreditation extends from NCHEC, to you – the certification holder, onto the employer, and then to the public.


The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

International Accreditation Service (IAS)

Distinguishing between Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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NCHEC 2017 Conference Schedule

Spring 2017 Conferences

Will you join us?

Networking opportunities and continuing education abound at this list to conferences to be at this spring. Find out NCHEC's schedule below. 

To follow links to registration, click here.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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The NCHEC Winter 2017 Bulletin is here!

Catch up on the latest edition of NCHEC News - Winter Bulletin 2017.  

Read our 2016 winning essay contest entry, view our Leadership News, and catch articles on the value of certification, liability insurance for health professionals, as well as spotlights on the latest from employers of CHES and MCHES and other certified individuals in the field!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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December 2016 Published CHES & MCHES







NCHEC would like to congratulate CHES and MCHES who have contributed to the field of health education & promotion through the publication of journal articles in December, 2016. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!


If you would like to submit a name and article for our list, please email

Published CHES/MCHES


  • Armstrong, Shelley, PhD, CHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Digital Health Education for the Fully Online College Student: An Exploratory Study”


  • Balog, Joseph, CHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

Feature Article: “Public Health, Historical and Moral Lessons for the Preparation of School Health Educators: The Case of Childhood Obesity and the Need for Social Responsibility”


  • Banas, Jennifer, EdD MSEd, CHES

       Journal of School Health, December 2016

       “Adolescent Healthcare Brokering: Prevalence, Experience, Impact, and Opportunities”


  • Burcin, Michelle, PhD, MPH, MCHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Digital Health Education for the Fully Online College Student: An Exploratory Study”


  • Cardenas, PhD, CHES

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“Perceptions of Peer Sexual Behavior: Do Adolescents Believe in a Sexual Double Standard”


  • Kittleson, Mark, PhD, MCHES, FAAHB, FAAHE

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“Perceptions of Peer Sexual Behavior: Do Adolescents Believe in a Sexual Double Standard”


  • Pettit, Michele, PhD, MCHES

         American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Weight Matters: Health Educators’ Knowledge of Obesity and Attitudes Toward People Who Are Obese”


  • Rasberry, Catherine, PhD, MCHES

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“School-Based HIV/STD Testing Behaviors and Motivations Among Black and Hispanic Teen MSM: Results from a Formative Evaluation”



Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Ambassadors - Registration Open

NCHEC Ambassador Program is Now Open

The role of the NCHEC Ambassador is to promote the value of the CHES/MCHES credential by educating students on the importance of attesting to a national standard. Ambassadorswill promote the CHES and MCHES credentials at their respective campuses using marketing and presentation materials provided by NCHEC. 

  • Do you hold the CHES or MCHES certification?
  • Are you in a university faculty position?
  • Can you promote the value of certification among students?

If so, register today for your 2016 - 2017 Toolkit!  Read more about the Ambassador Program requirements here.  

Ambassadors will be asked to do the following:
  • Send 2-3 short email messages throughout the year to students eligible to sit for the exam (email templates will be provided).
  • Distribute NCHEC Brochures and FAQ’s.
  • Make at least one presentation (Powerpoint will be provided to you) which includes the value of CHES and MCHES certification, the history of the credentials, reasons to certify, how to apply, the benefits of the CHES/MCHES credentials, testimonials and more. The presentation kit includes a script to assist in delivering the NCHEC message.
Continuing Education Credit for each year of participation as an Ambassador will be awarded.

NCHEC expects to expand the program to every university in the country offering a health education program in the next few years.  If you are interested in becoming an NCHEC Ambassador, please fill out the form on this page and submit.  We will get your welcome materials sent out to you as soon as possible.

Ambassador Toolkit

  • A large poster describing eligibility requirement,
  • 25 copies CHES/MCHES brochures,
  • 25 copies – Why Employ a CHES/MCHES health education specialist,
  • A sign-up sheet for collecting information on program attendees,
  • A reporting form to be returned to NCHEC annually for activity tracking and CECH submission purposes,
  • A flash drive with power point presentation,
  • A copy of the Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialist – 2015,
  • A token of appreciation: CHES/MCHES water bottle.
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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What’s in an Advisor Letter? A Guide for Students

If you are registering for the CHES examination as a full-time student, an advisor letter must be submitted at some point during the application process.  Although the advisor letter is not necessary at the time of payment, it must be acquired and uploaded/mailed/emailed before the exam final deadline.

The goal of an advisor letter is to demonstrate:

  • That the applicant is enrolled in 9 or more credits (which secures the student rate)
  • When the student is expected to graduate
  • The student’s current major
  • That a faculty member has deemed the student in good standing for the exam

The letter should be drafted on letterhead by a faculty member actively involved in the student’s educational process. Its purpose is to verify that the student will be completing the necessary credits for certification and will possess a conferred degree within 90 days of taking the examination – a standard that is required for our NCCA and IAS accreditation.

Sample Advisor Letter

Don't Procrastinate

If you are hesitant to ask an advisor or faculty member for this letter... don't be!  In most cases, they will already be familiar with the concept and the purpose behind the request.  If not, you can print this sample letter and provide it as reference for your advisor.  Composing an advisor letter should only take about 5 minutes of time. Remember that it is required in order to be able to sit for the certification exam as a student.  

Don't forget to submit your official transcript along with your application or advisor letter!  

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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