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 firstname.lastname@example.org.