Retirement from practice can take place for different reasons and many retired professionals chose to stay connected and continue to contribute to NCHEC and the health education profession in other ways.
A CHES®/MCHES® who is permanently retired from health education and is in active/good standing may apply for retired status. After retired status is approved and awarded, a retired individual must use RETIRED CERTIFIED HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST (RCHES) or RETIRED MASTER CERTIFIED HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST (RMCHES) after his/her name. Retired status is considered a permanent status. No CECH requirement exists for individuals in retired status. The annual renewal fee is $15.00. All applicable fees must be paid for the period you are requesting retired status before the request will be granted.
While in retired status, an RCHES or RMCHES is:
- not permitted to hold any elective NCHEC office
- not allowed to serve on any planning committee as a CHES®/MCHES® representative
Benefits of RCHES/RMCHES
Change of Status Form
- The use of RCHES/RMCHES after an individual’s name
- Receive issues of NCHEC News publications and other information from NCHEC regarding the evolving profession of health education
- The ability to vote in NCHEC’s annual leadership election
- Maintaining certification without obtaining 75 continuing education contact hours that non-retired certified persons must obtain
- A reduced annual renewal fee ($15)