Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Policies and Procedures Handbook


The purpose of professional certification is to ensure a high level of competence in the health education workforce. Maintenance of this competence is supported by continued training in the knowledge and methods of the field. After initial certification, each CHES®/MCHES® must earn a total of 75 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) every five years to be recertified.

The CHES®/MCHES® credential must be renewed every year by payment of an annual fee. Recertification takes place every five years. Requirements for recertification include the accrual of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) and payment of the annual fee. Renewal and recertification materials are distributed to CHES®/MCHES® four to six weeks before the renewal or recertification date. A transcript of CECH accumulated during the current five-year certification cycle is available at any time on the NCHEC website.

The Policy and Procedures Handbook for Renewal and Recertification was updated on 4/1/2016. This document is available for download and provides details of the recertification requirements.

Policies and Procedures Handbook for Renewal and Recertification

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