Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) OpportunitiesThe National Commission for Health Education Credentialing's (NCHEC) voluntary professional certification program establishes a national standard for individual health education practitioners. It differs from state and local certifications and registries in that the requirements do not vary from one locale to another.
CHES follow seven areas of responsibility:
- Area I: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education
- Area II: Plan Health Education
- Area III: Implement Health Education
- Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
- Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education
- Area VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
- Area VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists 2010 pdf
OPHA believes in supporting professional development for all public health professionals. The opportunities listed below have been utilized and provided by OPHA members for your convenience. Most of these CHES opportunities are provided free of charge or for a minimal fee. More continuing education opportunities can be found on the NCHEC website.
For questions or updates to the list of opportunities, please e-mail: Lynn Goldberg, MPH, CHES
Category I refers to continuing education that is preapproved by NCHEC. Of the 75 hours to be earned in a five-year period, at least 45 CECH must be earned by participating in Category I activities. You may choose to earn all of your CECH in Category I.
Category I activities are offered by 'designated providers.' At the end of a Category I activity you will receive a certificate that includes a 'designated provider number' and an 'event number.' Keep this certificate as proof of your participation in the activity.
A Category II activity is not preapproved by NCHEC.
Up to 30 CECH can be earned by participating in quality activities that relate to at least one of the Areas of Responsibility and Competencies for Health Educators (pdf) for CHES, but were not approved in advance by NCHEC.
To apply for Category II CECH, you must complete the Category II Claim Form (pdf) within 90 days following completion of an event.
Opportunities for Contact Hours
|Attendance at Professional Meetings
|Attendance at professional conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops, symposia, teleconferences, or other professional meetings offered by designated providers, or other providers, in one or more of the Areas of Responsibility. Click here for more information
|Reading the professional literature or completing an independent study offered by designated providers, or other providers, in one or more of the Areas of Responsibility. Click here for more information
|Academic activities completed after becoming certified that enhance knowledge and skills directly related to one or more of the Areas of Responsibility. Click here for more information
|Creative and scholarly activities, outside the day-to-day job responsibilities, including the creation of original materials or products for use by professionals or the lay public and/or authorship resulting in the publication of articles, books, chapters, monographs, or reports relating to one or more of the Areas of Responsibility. Click here for more information
|Presentations on topics related to one or more of the Areas of Responsibilities delivered to professional audiences in person, electronically, or in video or audio format. Presentations delivered as part of normal day-to-day work responsibilities may not be claimed. Click here for more information
|Activities outside the day-to-day job responsibilities involving leadership in the profession and the community, including teaching, precepting, mentoring, and volunteering in areas of service focusing on one or more of the Areas of Responsibility. Click here for more information