The Certified Health Education Specialist examination (commonly known as the CHES exam) was developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This test is appropriate for people who aspire to become health educators or advocates. The CHES exam is not mandatory but can be a useful tool for professional advancement. Many employers take CHES certification into consideration when making hiring decisions.
The test format is fairly simple: you will have three hours to answer 165 multiple-choice questions. The minimum passing score varies slightly depending on the difficulty of the test version. For most versions of the CHES exam, a 94 or 95 is required to pass.
The exam questions are based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Educators:
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- Assessment of Needs and Capacity (17%)
- Planning (13%)
- Implementation (15%)
- Evaluation and Research (12%)
- Advocacy (12%)
- Communication (12%)
- Leadership and Management (6%)
- Ethics and Professionalism (12%)
The CHES exam is offered twice a year, in April and October. 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 course work 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.
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