National Credential
Credential: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource  IAS resource
Credentialing Agency: National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Certified Health Education Specialist is an entry-level credential for individuals desiring to have their competency and professionalism in health education verified for potential employers, clients or other stakeholders. Health educators provide and manage health education programs that help individuals and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. The exam covers the various aspects of being a health educator such as assessing needs and resources, planning and implementing health education, evaluation and research, and advocating for health. Certified individuals should be able to plan and implement programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments as well as act as a resource to individuals and the community.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
1541 Alta Dr
Suite 303
Whitehall, PA  18052
Phone: (484) 223-0770
Fax: (800) 813-0727

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Criteria 1: A bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Option 1: An official transcript (including course titles) that clearly shows a major in health education, e.g., Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, etc. Degree/major must explicitly be in a discipline of "Health Education."

Option 2: An official transcript that reflects at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of course work (with a grade "c" or better) with specific preparation addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility and Competency for Health Education Specialists.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

  • Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion (15%)
    • Plan assessment process for health education/promotion
    • Access existing information and data related to health
    • Collect primary data to determine needs
    • Analyze relationships among behavioral, environmental, and
      other factors that influence health
    • Examine factors that influence the process by which people learn
    • Examine factors that enhance or impede the process of health education/promotion
    • Determine needs for health education/promotion based on assessment findings
  • Plan Health Education/Promotion (18%)
    • Involve priority populations, partners, and other stakeholders in the planning process
    • Develop goals and objectives
    • Select or design strategies/interventions
    • Develop a plan for the delivery of health education/promotion
    • Address factors that influence implementation of health education/promotion
  • Implement Health Education/Promotion (25%)
    • Coordinate logistics necessary to implement plan
    • Train staff members and volunteers involved in implementation of health education/promotion
    • Implement health education/promotion plan
    • Monitor implementation of health education/promotion
  • Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion (9%)
    • Develop evaluation plan for health education/promotion
    • Develop a research plan for health education/promotion
    • Select, adapt and/or create instruments to collect data
    • Collect and manage data
    • Analyze data
    • Interpret results
    • Apply findings
  • Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion (12%)
    • Manage financial resources for health education/promotion programs
    • Manage technology resources
    • Manage relationships with partners and other stakeholders
    • Gain acceptance and support for health education/promotion programs
    • Demonstrate leadership
    • Manage human resources for health education/promotion programs
  • Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person (9%)
    • Obtain and disseminate health-related information
    • Train others to use health education/promotion skills
    • Provide advice and consultation on health education/promotion issues
  • Communicate, Promote and Advocate for Health and the Profession of Health Education/Promotion (12%)
    • Identify, develop, and deliver messages using a variety of communication strategies, methods, and techniques
    • Engage in advocacy for health and health education/promotion
    • Influence policy and/or systems change to promote health and health education
    • Promote the health education profession

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification takes place every five years. Requirements for recertification include the accrual of CEUs and payment of the annual fee.
  • After initial certification, each Certified Health Education Specialist must earn a total of 75 CEUs every five years to be recertified.