What is CHES?
stands for Certified Health Education Specialist. CHES is a voluntary
professional certification program that establishes a national standard
for health educators.
educators with the CHES designation have academic preparation in the
field, have passed the national CHES exam, and maintain their credential
through continuing education.
educators with the MCHES designation have at least 5 years of
experience, have academic preparation in the field, have passed the
national MCHES exam, and maintain their credential through advanced
are Seven Areas of Responsibility that present the skills and expertise
needed for a position in the field of health education and promotion.
These serve as the basis for the CHES and MCHES exams.
- Area I: Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
- Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion
- Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion
- Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
- Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
- Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
- Area VII. Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession
For more information, visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).