Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


It's a Record-Breaking Exam Year!


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 and internationally.” 

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.   



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