Davondra Brown, M.Ed., MCHES®, DBPD Vice-coordinator
Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES®, DBPD Director
Karen Stewart, MPH, MCHES®, CIC, DBPD Director
After obtaining your CHES® or MCHES® certification, your focus will shift from exam mode into the maintenance of your certification. One of the biggest questions NCHEC receives is “How do I meet my Continuing Education requirements easily and affordably?” Although live events and conferences can be a wonderful experience, not everyone has access or economic support to attend these types of events and it can be an intimidating task to begin to hunt the internet for opportunities.
One convenient and affordable way to get Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) is through the NCHEC Designated Providers search tool on NCHEC’s website. There are thousands of opportunities listed that are all pre-approved by NCHEC to satisfy the Category I continuing education requirement in a variety of topics/specialties. The recently updated search tool is quite user-friendly, even to the novice web user. Categories can be searched by cost, subject and even event type. The topic search option is particularly helpful because it provides all of the opportunities within a particular niche without manually scrolling through long lists. The search also allows for sorting by advanced-level CECH (applicable and very useful if you are MCHES®- certified) as well as continuing competency assessment options.
Navigate to www.nchec.org and select Continuing Education: Credit Activities. The search tool page will be displayed. You can select multiple search options at once to target exact needs. Take into consideration when using the cost search that a “program cost” of $0 does not necessarily mean a “CECH cost” of $0. A designated provider may choose to offer the classes for no cost but still apply a fee for administrative responsibilities in supplying the credit to the credential holder. To find free courses, enter “0” in BOTH the Program Cost Range and the Cost of CECH Range. With all things considered, the Credit Activities tool will assist with finding a multitude of continuing education opportunities, offered in different modalities and cost-effective for any budget. Although Category I continuing education credits are submitted to NCHEC by the Designated Provider for you, don’t forget to save a copy of each certificate of completion for your own records.
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