NCHEC WELCOMED MORE THAN 600 CHES AND MCHES CERTIFICANTS IN
Most recent exam
administration represents record number of registrants
Press release - January 22, 2016
The National Commission
for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), the only accredited certifying
organization for health education specialists, announced that 657 health
education specialists passed NCHEC’s certification exams and earned their
credentials during the October 17, 2015 administration.
In total, 574 eligible individuals earned the Certified Health Education
Specialist (CHES) and 83 earned the Master Certified Health Education
Specialist (MCHES) credentials.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new group of CHES and MCHES
certificants and congratulate them on their accomplishment,” said Dixie Dennis,
PhD, MCHES, FAAHE, and NCHEC’s Board Chair At-Large.
“Earning certification signals
to employers and the wider health industry an elevated skill set and helps health
educators to meet or exceed important career requirements. We look forward to the many contributions
this group will bring to public health education efforts throughout the country
The 2015 exam cycles also signified the highest number of
registrations to date. A total of 2,736 people registered for the CHES exam in
2015, up from 2,452 and 2,299 in 2014 and 2013, respectively. Further, 170 people registered for the MCHES
exam in 2015, up from 122 and 97 in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Continued Dr. Dennis, “As word of certification’s value
throughout public health education grows, we continue to see increased
registration numbers for both exams. Those
in the field aspiring to demonstrate a personal commitment to the profession
and an advanced understanding of agreed-upon industry practices, standards and
skills should consider earning certification through NCHEC.”
NCHEC administers two certification opportunities: the CHES
for professionals in the early phase of their career or the MCHES for
specialists engaged in advanced-level work and who have been in the field for five or more years. Both
certification opportunities indicate to current and potential employers an
advanced understanding of the most current industry trends and knowledge, as
well as a personal commitment to ongoing professional development. NCHEC currently supports 130 test sites around the nation.
Registration is now available for the April 2016 CHES and MCHES exams. Visit NCHEC’s website
to learn more about eligibility or to apply for the April 2016 exam.