National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Address:   1541 Alta Drive, Suite 300 Whitehall, PA 18052-5642
Phone Number:   888-624-3248

The mission of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing is to improve the practice of health education and to serve the public and profession of health education by certifying health education specialists, promoting professional development, and strengthening professional preparation and practice. You are eligible to sit for the Health Education Certification Exam (CHES) or the Masters Health Education Certification Exam (MCHES) if you have an undergraduate or master's degree in health education from an accredited institution. San Jose State University continues to be a test site for the exam. Contact NCHEC for the dates of upcoming examinations


  • The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam is based on the scientific approach to measure the existing health education advanced-level roles and responsibilities related to the Seven Areas of Responsibilities.
  • The exam consists of 165 multiple choice questions (150 scored, 15 pilot tested) some of which are scenario based, and is administered in paper-and pencil format.
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist, MCHES, is an individual that has met academic eligibility in health education and is practicing at the advanced-level in the field, passed a written examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and has an ongoing commitment to continuing education.

Benefits of Being MCHES

  • It differentiates you from entry-level health education specialists.
  • Becoming an MCHES provides validation that you are skilled in advanced-level Responsibilities and Competencies for a health education specialist.
  • The MCHES credentialing process provides advanced-level continuing education opportunities, in order for health education specialist to stay abreast of the latest research and practice in the field.