National Commission for Health Ed Credentialing

Whitehall,  PA 
United States
  • Booth: 500

Welcome to the NCHEC exhibit booth at APHA 2021!.

Welcome to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc virtual exhibit!

Since 1989, NCHEC has been promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists, known as CHES and MCHES. NCHEC credential-holders are recognized both nationally and internationly as the gold standard in health education and promotion skills and expertise.  Please view our website or contact us for more information on eligibility for these credentials, and applications for the CHES and MCHES exams. Also, find information about exam study materials, continuing education and the health education profession on our site, as well as interviews, stories, and testimonials from those practicing in the field.  

CHES Exam Information

MCHES Exam Information 

Guide to Health Education Careers

COVID-19: CHES and MCHES working to protect communities


Why CHES® Certification?

 Show Specials

 Press Releases

  • It’s finally here! NCHEC has released The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 8th edition, in both print and ebook format. This newly revised guidebook contains revised Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies from the latest Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA II 2020) model.

    This updated edition includes revisions to this previous work and now includes eight distinct chapters that correlate to the expanded Eight Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. The companion guide includes both entry- and advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies, and will serve as the latest study tool for health education specialists preparing for the April 2022 MCHES® and October 2022 CHES® examinations.

    In addition to exam preparation, the publication can also be used to assess the health education knowledge of both certified and non-certified practitioners. Instructors in professional preparation programs may find the format and organization of this book to be a useful supplement to textbooks and classroom lectures. Employers can encourage their staff to utilize this guide as a tool to determine whether additional professional development in specific areas is needed in order to keep up with emerging trends and new developments in the field of Health Education and Promotion. The Eighth Edition of this Companion Guide is available through the NCHEC Website at

    NCHEC would like to extend sincere gratitude to the following editors,  contributing authors  and copy editor for their hard work and dedication to the publication. Contributors to the eighth edition of Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 8th edition, are listed below.


    Melissa Grim, Ph.D., MCHES® and Cam Escoffery, Ph.D., MPH, CHES®

    Contributing Authors:

    C. Suzette McClellan, MPH, MCHES®; Linda E. Forys, EdM, MCHES®; Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, MCHES®; Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, MCHES®, CPH; Phyllis K. Stoll, MPH, MCHES®; Cynthia A. Karlsson MS, MPH, CHES®; Ty J. Oehrtman, MS, MCHES®; Alexis Blavos, PhD, MCHES®; Carol Cox, PhD, MCHES®; Beth H. Chaney, PhD, MCHES®; Mike L. Stellefson, PhD, MCHES®; Samantha R. Paige, PhD, MPH, CHES®; William Potts-Datema, DrPH, MS, MCHES®; Cam Escoffery, Ph.D., MPH, CHES® Michelle L. Carvalho, MPH, MCHES®

    Copy Editor:

    Dixie Dennis, PhD, MCHES®


  • Student Digital Brochure for CHES Exam
    Questions about how to apply for the CHES exam as a student? Check out our new digital brochure!...


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