This course provides a detailed review of the analysis and application of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities and Competencies. The focus is on helping you increase your knowledge of the concepts and be better prepared for the  CHES examination and your professional practice.

The program is designed to review the health educator responsibilities, competencies, and sub-competencies (with examples), and also provide an overview of the national certification examination. It is not intended to be "solely" a test preparation experience.

CHES overview

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility. Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES examination is offered in paper-and-pencil format at UW-La Crosse and other college campuses throughout the United States.

A CHES is a practitioner who has*:

  1. Met required academic preparation qualifications
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

The CHES exam is offered twice a year, in April and October, and consists of 165 multiple choice questions (150 scored, 15 pilot tested) some of which are scenario-based, and is administered electronically throughout the U.S. Before you register, check out the eligibility requirements. In order to take the exam, you must have a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and either an official transcript showing a major in health education or an official transcript indicating at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of coursework in health education. These requirements ensure that the CHES exam is administered only to those who are capable of obtaining a job in health education or advocacy.

Course schedule Minor revisions may occur as the course date approaches

2 CEUs or
2 UG/GRAD academic credits or
15 (Category 1) CECHs for CHES
 
*Make certain to refer to the NCHEC.org website for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam Application Handbook for any updated eligibility details.

This online course provides a detailed review of the analysis and application of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities and Competencies. The focus is on helping you increase your knowledge of the concepts and be better prepared for the MCHES examination, and your professional practice. 

The program is designed to review the health educator responsibilities, competencies, and sub-competencies (with examples), and also provide an overview of the national certification examination. It is not intended to be "solely" a test preparation experience.

MCHES overview

The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam is based on the scientific approach to measure the existing health education entry and advanced-level Sub-competencies related to the Seven Areas of Responsibility. The exam is offered in conjunction with the CHES examination in April and October and consists of 165 multiple choice questions (150 scored, 15 pilot tested) some of which are scenario-based, and is administered electronically throughout the U.S.

A MCHES is an advanced-level practitioner who has*:

  1. Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based assessment administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

To qualify for the exam you must meet both academic and experience requirements:

  • For CHES: A minimum of the past five (5) continuous years in active status as a Certified Health Education Specialist.
  • For Non-CHES or CHES with fewer than five years active status AND five years experience:
    • A Master's degree or higher in Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, Community Health Education, etc., OR a Master's degree or higher with an academic transcript reflecting at least 25 semester hours (37 quarter hours) of course work in which the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Educators were addressed.
    • Five (5) years of documented experience as a health education specialist.

Course schedule Minor revisions may occur as the course date approaches

2 CEUs or
2 UG/GRAD academic credits or
15 (Category 1) CECHs for MCHES
 
*Make certain to refer to the NCHEC.org website for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) Exam Application Handbook for any updated eligibility details.

Special notice for those recertifying as CHES or MCHES:

For those who are CHES or MCHES certified, there is an important recently-initiated recertification requirement by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) termed Continuing Competency which is to be assessed by Multiple Event Providers (MEPs) like Extended Learning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  We fully support this requirement for those who are certified through NCHEC to demonstrate specified levels of knowledge, skills, and/or ability throughout one's professional career.  Several of our programs will provide learning opportunities that can enable you to demonstrate up to 5 Continuing Competency CECHs as you prepare for recertification through a special  post-program assessment process.  To find out more about the assessment process which needs to be requested, please contact Dr. Gilmore directly.