Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Renewal & Recertification

Renewal & Recertification

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.

Renewal

The CHES®/MCHES® credential must be renewed every year by payment of $55.00 annual fee.


Recertification


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 mailed 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 through the NCHEC Website.

 
Recertification for CHES®


After initial certification, each CHES® must earn a total of 75 continuing education contact hours (CECH) every five years to be recertified.

At least 45 of these CECH must come from offerings by NCHEC preapproved Designated Providers (Category I); the remaining 30 CECH may come from other providers (Category II) and reported using the CAT II claim form.

CHES® may choose to earn all 75 CECH in Category I.

CHES® who are due to recertify October 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by September 30th; CHES® who are due to recertify April 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by March 31st.

 
Recertification for MCHES

After initial certification, each MCHES must earn a total of 75 continuing education contact hours (CECH) every five years to be recertified.

At least 45 of these CECH must come from offerings by NCHEC preapproved Designated Providers (Category I); the remaining 30 CECH may come from other providers (Category II) and reported using the CAT II claim form.

In addition MCHES® are required to earn 30 CECH that are directly related to the advanced-level Sub-competencies from Category I and/or II for each certification cycle. All of the advanced-level CECH can be from CAT II.

MCHES® who are due to recertify October 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by September 30th; MCHES® who are due to recertify April 1st must have all continuing education requirements completed by March 31st.

 
Recertification by Examination


If a CHES®/MCHES® does not earn enough contact hours within the five-year certification cycle and has exhausted extension privileges, they may recertify by re-taking the CHES®/MCHES® examination.

To recertify by examination a CHES®/MCHES® must:

  • Meet the current eligibility criteria to take the examination
  • Apply and make payment by the stated deadline for the examination using the official CHES/MCHES examination application
  • Follow the exam application instructions for a new applicant
  • Pass the CHES®/MCHES® examination (the CHES®/MCHES® examination is given in April and October)

Failure to pass the examination will result in expiration of CHES®/MCHES® certification as of the end of the current five-year certification period.

For more information on the continuing education requirements view the Policies and Procedures Handbook.

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